Nice to hear from you Cordell. Best of luck to you!Here comes some baseless speculation. I'm tossing out a name about which I have heard zero connection to Illinois. But for Geoff Alexander's old role, how about Cordell Henry? Hear me out.
Whitney Young alum. He was the PG on the Quentin Richardson/Dennis Gates team that went downstate during the Manual run. Played his college ball at Marquette.
Currently working at IMG, previously worked at Monteverde. So he has the kind of high school connections that could be a huge help.
He was an assistant at North Park (for those not from Chicago, it's the Swedish Covenant University on the NW side of the city).
Downside: He's coaching middle school kids at IMG. (Yes, I would want to know why). And he worked with the women's program at Monteverde.
So maybe not a perfect fit, but he does have the kind of relationships (theoretically) to open doors and could make sense in a staff role without being an AC.