Some of it might just be happenstance, but this staff's ability to find the exit door from relationships in which they are destined to be the bridesmaid seems to be a developing, welcome sign. You gain a lot of man-hours to deploy elsewhere that way. Groce spent more time and energy on lost causes than anyone I've ever seen.
I don't think we should just blindly accept that blue bloods are the best option for everybody. Illinois is a great opportunity. The problem is when folks on here blindly accept the opposite, with a "why would anyone want to go to Kentucky?" attitude.
IF he wanted to go to College in 18, or had an offer from a school he wanted to be at that badly in 18 he would. He feels he should have offers from bigger/better schools. So he is choosing to showcase his year in prep school and get the offers he feels he deserves. If he doesn't get them, the DePauls of the world will all be available to him a year from now.
Eh, I don't feel the same. We should be disappointed losing recruiting battles to the likes of other Big Ten schools, but losing recruiting battles to Kentucky usually means that (given the current state of Illinois basketball) the recruit was out of our league anyway. At some point, this will be discouraging, but not right now.
Well the 6 Pack and bromley are probably the two nicest dorms to live in on campus and I am pretty sure they give athletes the nicest possible housing. If they threw our basketball players in ISR, PAR, or FAR, I would 100% understand why we suck at recruiting.