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This is Why the Illini Can't Have Nice Things

I'm not sure if all of you visit the SB Nation Big Ten football blog Off Tackle Empire, but I posted this piece today and I'm kinda proud of it. Basically a treatise on why you should hate Illinois, complete with references to French Missionaries, Ghostbusters, bad 1980s sitcoms, haunted construction equipment burial grounds, E! Reality show stars, and jumping on couches. Enjoy....and Go Cats.

But I thought small private schools in power conferences aren't allowed to recruit well?

Rodger tweeted about this, and I thought it was prevalent. Vanderbilt is on a recruiting tear in football, which goes against everything I'm told about recruiting. I spent most of my first year at NU taking heat from people for my general pessimism, which included our recruiting. We're usually near the bottom of the Big Ten in rankings and seem to top out at 3-star recruits. I'm usually met with the same rhetoric about us being a small private school in a big conference, but that's the same situation Vandy is in. So why can't we do it? Fitz had some quote about him being a 0-star recruit and a two time All-American, but he's not walking through that door (as a player, at least). I'm not asking for another All-American, but if we're going to compete for the occasional Big Ten title (which I'm told is a fair expectation), then we're going to need to step our game up in this department. Just my opinion.

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