Don’t blame Illinois’ admission standards for a lack of football talent — the onus is on the coaches.
Behold, Illinois football: Where even wins don’t feel like them.
Stanford does it. So does Michigan. Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt do it, too.
But then there’s the University of Illinois, the sadsack program of the prairie whose last three head football coaches can now be found at Florida International University (Ron Turner), the University of Buffalo (Lou Tepper) and, well, the coaching unemployment line (Ron Zook).
Former Illinois head coach Lou Tepper is taking over as the University at Buffalo’s defensive coordinator.
Twenty years ago, after compiling a sterling 30-16-1 record on the football field at that “basketball school” down in Champaign, University of Illinois coach John Mackovic bolted the Land of Lincoln for the gridiron riches of the Lone Star State.