Thank you, Michael Elkon.
I’m trying to sit here and figure out the reasons behind the improbable rise of the Zooker and the Illini in the Big Ten to date and I’m scratching my head so hard it hurts.
And there’s the answer: it’s the coaching, stupid. He’s an upgrade in that department in that conference. As Elkon puts it,
It’s much easier to succeed when you need to get a big win and the guy on the other sideline is Joe Paterno as opposed to Nick Saban.
Better that than those fast athletes Mr. Delany admires so much…
Nobody’s chasing him now. (photo courtesy Athens Banner-Herald)