There was zero chance that Whitman was going to hire Fleck: https://www.news-gazette.com/sports/illini-sports/football/two-trustees-vote-against-beckman/article_07913c52-6f85-57e9-a71a-ca70662049a3.html
How does this strengthen our position in Texas? Joe Price, who she replaces, has long ties to Texas. He grew up in Texas, played his high school ball there and coached there for many years. His dad also coached there for over 30 years.