Sorry I disagree. As I said, I have followed the university and program for decades. I have seen administrations come and go since my days at the university ending in '91. This is not a political comment, but ever since the Mike White/Neal Stoner scandal the university has kowtowed to the NCAA and political correctness at great expense to the athletic programs. Whether that is the makeup of the Board of Trustees or the numerous "leaders" of the university that have been brought in since then I cannot say. But in my eyes, and again just my opinion, it has been an obvious decline from what the university used to be and its perception overall.I never understand this argument. The university has been run by several different administrations just since I graduated in ‘08.
I doubt those people look at Michigan and think “pass.” I won’t pretend to know how Michigan has been able to do it, but I doubt the powers that be aren’t interested in replicating it (or thinking Illinois is somehow above sports).