Friday, February 09, 2007
There's been quite a bit of scuttlebut regarding the unusually impresseive recruting haul made by Illinois coach Ron Zook. Thursday's edition of the sports bible that is the New York Times includes an article entitled, "Illinois Has Rivals Fuming About Its Recruiting Coup." Yesterday's Chicago Tribune features an even more provocative piece, "An ill wind blows."
Both articles examine the skeptical reaction many observers and coaches have had to the surprising signing day list inked by the Illini, a near-perennial Big Ten bottom feeder. Each piece (particularly the Tribune's) indicates that some teams are openly suspicious of the methods used by Zook and his staff in attracting players who usually would not even consider, let alone choose, a program like Illinois. Based on the information provided in these articles, the school most vocal with their suspicions seems to be Notre Dame.
Though the Tribune piece by excellent college football writer Teddy Greenstein is full of juicy details, I urge you to heed this warning: it includes a quote from Charlie Weis that references commitment, marriage, and not looking at other women. This caused me to picture Charlie with a wife, which led me to imagine Charlie having sexual relations with that wife, which resulted in me vomiting all over my laptop.
Posted by IC at 2:30 PM