Until One Side Or The Other Says So: Shaka Smart And Illinois Are Still In Negotiation
Everybody has a source somewhere. Whether its someone who knows someone, or someone who is literally in the room, everyone is getting conflicting reports. Shaka Smart is negotiating staff.... HORRAY! Smart is unsure of the Chicago recruiting environment OH NOES!. It has been somewhat of an emotional roller coaster over the past 48 hours, no?
I don't have a guy, a source, or someone close to the principles. But I do know that until one side or another issues a concrete statement, from an AD or SID or from the coach's mouth, its all negotiation. "Unless something drastic changes in 24 hours..." that simply means something drastic needs to happen.
If it was a done deal, in either direction, we would have heard so by now. And until then, we are in the same position we have been for two weeks, trying to craft a deal that will get Shaka to Champaign.
Spend what you need. If you are sure this is the guy to get you back to real, honest prominence, it will be well worth the investment. Sell out streaks, lots of people buying Illini merchandise, more ESPN games etc etc.
Pay the man. Pay to have his house shipped to Champaign from Richmond. Give him a gigantic wardrobe budget, solid gold suits, pay to open a franchise of his favorite pizza place on Green Street. Leverage your advantages, while you have them.
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