Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I think Illinois is a decent job. In the BIG I would rank it behind MSU, OSU, and Illinois. I think the Job itself could be comparable to Wisconsin and maybe a little behind Michigan. I think the fatal lure of Illinois is Chicago, an area that no one has a stranglehold on, but everyone thinks Illinois should. Its why DePaul has always had a lure, but Chicago really is up for grabs. Heck Thad Matta has recruited that area hard and pretty well recently.
I think you have a typo in there. I think you meant to say MSU, OSU, and Indiana?
I look at it from my viewpoint and in my lifetime. Every school in the B1G has been in the Final Four minus Nortwestern(never been in the NCAA), Penn State and Nebraska(the two newest members). To me that means there are 9 decent jobs within the conference.
If I were to rank them I would put Indiana 1st due to the fact they won championships with two different coaches and reached another championship with a third. Michigan St. 2nd for winning 2 titles with different coaches. Ohio St. 3rd. Michigan 4th. Purdue 5th. Wisconsin 6th......they won a title in the early days and went to a FF under Dick Bennett but quite frankly Bo is the one that has them as an annual Top 25 team. Illinois would be 7th.....ahead of Iowa and Minnesota. Just my thoughts.
Illinois just cant get Chicago kids. They never have. Chicago kids seem to have no bond with the Illini. Now if they developed some sort of pipeline to that region, then they would be a power. But then again if St. John's got all the NYC kids they would be a power.