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After going 0-6 for the second half of the season, Ron Zook was fired as head football coach at Illinois. Its hard to understand that in a state that has vast resources of football talent why the Illini aren't a traditional football power like Michigan or Ohio State. The division 1 football talent is mostly in the Chicago area and the U of I are being outrecruited by the likes of Michigan, Iowa and Notre Dame. The Illini recruit well in Chicagoland as far as basketball is concerned. When we think of the nations' top football talent we think of places like Texas, Florida and California. Illinois coaches, past and present tend to look to these places for talent rather than in our own backyard where its plentiful. Its kinda like going out getting ice cream when there's plenty in the fridge. To prove this point, lets go back to the early 80's when Mike White was Illini coach. I liked White because he wanted a winner and wanted to win now but his approach did not sit well with Illini fans. Its one thing to go after junior-college players but White bypassed the state entirely for the most part and conducted his recruiting mostly in his native California. Illinois had so many players from the Golden State that some called the U of I " Cal-Champaign". In 1983, White's efforts paid out quickly with a Big 10 title, the Illini's first at that time since 1963. Illinois faced UCLA in the 1984 Rose Bowl, the first time the two met in Pasadena since 1947 when Illinois won the first Big 10, Pac 10 only Rose Bowl. The whole " Cal-Champaign thing blew up in White's face with a 45-9 pounding by the UCLA Bruins. That game was painful to look at and the Illini were favored to win. That game in many respects was the beginning of the end of the Mike White era in Champaign. This proves that after all these years, the U of I hasn't learned its lesson. The University of Illinois is the states' flagship university which represents the entire state of Illinois not just Downstate. New Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas promises a larger U of I presence in the Chicagoland area. Future Illinois coaches need to start checking out top talent from legendary high school football powers such as Joliet Catholic and Lombard Montini among others. Downstate also has Division 1 talent that can play in the Big 10... schools like SHG and Glenwood need to be examined more closely and check out Rochester, the two-time Class 4 A champs. Now if Oklahoma State can swoop in and pluck a QB out of Rochester, I know the U of I can do the same. Illinois football can still recruit in Florida and Texas but make our backyard the top priority.

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