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    Fitzgerald and the NFL

    No comment at all on Fitz's teams' graduation rate? Or do you concede that point?
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    Fitzgerald and the NFL

    If he is not fundamentally different than the others, why is he winning awards like this? https://wgntv.com/sports/northwestern-head-coach-pat-fitzgerald-wins-2020-dodd-trophy/ If the program he runs is not fundamentally different than the others, shouldn't it be in the middle third of the...
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    Fitzgerald and the NFL

    Completely and unequivocally disagree. If you take that approach with Fitz, then you have to take it with everyone in every situation and not just in coaching. But, let's take coaching as an example. Derek Leonard is an outstanding high school football head coach at Rochester. Been there...
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    Fitzgerald and the NFL

    Fitz has it made at NU. He loves them, and they love him. All he needs to do is keep the door open, don't shut down any offers, and keep renegotiating long term deals with NU. In this day and age, it blows me away that a school like NU has a HC with a 15-year tenure and an overall record of...
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    Illini Search

    I am literally old enough to be the grandfather of most of the cashiers who are carding me.
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    Illini Search

    When I get carded for buying booze from time to time because some places card everyone, I tell the cashier that I am closer to 100 than to being illegal.
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    Illini Search

    I'm not suggesting that Illinois will realistically become the next Ohio State. What I am suggesting is that the institution needs to take steps that aspire to greatness and that change the level of expectation for the program. Doing anything less will doom them to being average, at best. How...
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    Illini Search

    Maybe you are right about 7-8 wins within your hypothetical. However, that's not good enough to get to Indy or a respectable bowl game. Ever. And that's not good enough for me. As to your contention about Illinois talent relative to states that border Illinois, that is more a factor of...
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    Illini Search

    Of those most recently enrolled freshmen, they have more three star recruits from outside of Illinois than from within. Besides, I think Fitz is particularly gifted at getting the most out of average to above average talent. He is the John Holecek of the Big Ten. ;)
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    Illini Search

    What you are describing would be a good START. However, all that will do is get Illinois from mediocre to average, at best, assuming out of state recruiting remains unchanged. Also, keep in mind that, unlike seven other Big Ten schools where they are the only Big Ten team in the state...
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    Illini Search

    Did you see that article link I posted earlier? Although from a few years ago, it showed that 1 out of every 636 high school football playing kids in Illinois go on to play at FBS schools. That ranked Illinois 28th out of all the states.
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    Illini Search

    My first 7-8 wins reference was in response to mc140 who said Illinois could be a 7-8 win team each year if it could stop losing in state kids to universities in neighboring states. Of course, that's not possible. You can't keep every kid. That's why you need a high profile coach with a...
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    Illini Search

    Certainly they can't waste their time doing that in Illinois either, since 5 stars are so few and far between here.
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    Illini Search

    Class of 2017. If true, then that's one 5 star recruit in the last four classes of Illinois graduates. I rest my case.
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    Illini Search

    Shows you how far our expectations have been lowered when people are citing 7-8 wins a year as something to strive for. 8-5 or 7-6, including a low-to-mid tier bowl game, while better than we are accustomed for the Illini, is what it is...above average but nothing to crow about. I'd like to...
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    Illini Search

    If whoever comes in to coach Illinois has the same level of achievement (or lack thereof) as Lovie in terms of recruiting out of state, don't think for a minute that doing a better job recruiting within Illinois is going to get them very far within the Big Ten. The talent just isn't here. 7-8...
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    Illini Search

    Read 'em and weep: https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/sec-states-produce-tons-of-fbs-talent/amp/ https://247sports.com/Season/2020-Football/CompositeRecruitRankings/?InstitutionGroup=highschool https://www.bannersociety.com/2020/2/4/21111828/college-football-recruits-by-state...
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    Illini Search

    You do realize you are arguing out of both sides of your mouth, right? In a previous post, you included ESL within your average of 10 studs per year in Illinois. In the post above, you are counting them in MO.
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    Illini Search

    Sure, if Illinois were to get all 10, but that isn't realistic. No university 100% locks down their own state. Does Texas get all the top Texas studs? Georgia the Georgia studs? OSU the Ohio studs?