Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Sometimes you wish teams would listen to sportswriters. Not so much because sportswriters are always right or even often right. Rather, because you want to see some one try out whatever crackpot idea a sportswriter threw out there in a column trying to be provocative. Case in point: this piece from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. Cowley posits that Illinois should fire first-year head coach Tim Beckman and, wait for it, hire Bobby Petrino. As an Indiana alumnus, I cannot express how much I love that idea adequately or with enough volume. I’m sure Petrino would turn Illinois into a winner fairly quickly. He has definitely shown above-average ability as a turnaround artist and offensive mind. But then, right after Illinois fan got comfortable, WHAM, the other shoe drops. Or, based upon Petrino’s history, the NFL/better college job/attractive female coworker, drops. It would only come after a couple of years of pretty good football, but oh man would it be sweet. Unless you’re Illino...
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