The Illinois Coaching Staff

#204      
Bielema is the first HC since Jim Valek who has any meaningful experience with Illinois HS football in his background. Over half a century of overlooking that on resumes. Pretty unbelievable when you stop to think about it.
 
#205      
Bielema is the first HC since Jim Valek who has any meaningful experience with Illinois HS football in his background. Over half a century of overlooking that on resumes. Pretty unbelievable when you stop to think about it.
Having meaningful experience with state high school ball is nice, but not very important. What is important, is getting a decent share of D1-bound Illinois preps. Obviously, that's not gonna happen if we don't recruit in-state hard. And cultivating good relationships with head coaches and their programs is part of that effort.

Bielema and Whitman get it. Am expecting pretty serious strides on this front.
 
#206      
Took my daughter to the Aspen Tap House (used to be Scottys Brewhouse) in Savoy for lunch today. Sitting at the table next to me was Rod Smith. He was wearing an Illini hoodie and Illini shorts. Must not have a gig lined up for next year. Did he have years remaining on a contract when he was let go?
 
#207      
Took my daughter to the Aspen Tap House (used to be Scottys Brewhouse) in Savoy for lunch today. Sitting at the table next to me was Rod Smith. He was wearing an Illini hoodie and Illini shorts. Must not have a gig lined up for next year. Did he have years remaining on a contract when he was let go?
Doesn't appear that he has another job
 
#208      
Took my daughter to the Aspen Tap House (used to be Scottys Brewhouse) in Savoy for lunch today. Sitting at the table next to me was Rod Smith. He was wearing an Illini hoodie and Illini shorts. Must not have a gig lined up for next year. Did he have years remaining on a contract when he was let go?

This bums me out. I was always pretty critical of the inconsistency of the offense but I really have high hopes for Rod.