By Dan Bernstein–
CBSChicago.com senior columnist
(CBS) With no athletic director and no clear idea how to go about looking for one, the people in charge at the University of Illinois continue to argue with each other about how to fix the mess.
As overwhelmed university officials are dithering and providing little guidance, the group of trustees, boosters and alums left to run things can’t yet agree on much, sources tell 670 The Score. Some want to hire a search firm with a spotty recent track record, others want to form their own search committee, while another faction thinks they need to act faster by using their own contacts to target specific AD and football coaching candidates right now and just get moving.
Any support for retaining interim football coach Bill Cubit is getting strong push-back from those who don’t believe he wasn’t aware of Tim Beckman’s aberrant behavior and from some who feel strongly about making a more dynamic hire.
In short, once source says Illinois is dealing with “considerable turmoil.”
It’s not exactly an ideal situation, with so many other job openings at less confused places.