Illini Football: Will Policies Cause Illinois to Miss out on Coach Candidates?

Jeffrey BatheContributor IIINovember 30, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 19:  Eddie Viliunas #83 and Troy Pollard #28 of the Illinois Fighting Illini dive for the ball after a missed catch on a kick-off against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 28-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of five years coaching experience required; Division I level preferred. Knowledge of, and compliance with, specific NCAA, Big Ten Conference and institutional rules that relate to this position is required.

Those are the requirements that the Illini are looking for in their next head football coach according to their job posting on The biggest concern about the posting is that the position is open until December 6. According to the News-Gazette's Julie Wurth, the December 6 deadline is an expedited deadline in accordance to the University of Illinois human resource policies.

While other institutions are seeking out candidates, those who are interested in the job with the Illini have to follow the following procedure laid out in the posting: Applications not submitted through the University of Illionis job website will not be considered. Candidates must upload a letter of application and resume. Online applications will require the names and contact information for three references.

What does this mean? While those wanting the Illini position are calling potential references to apply,  other schools are moving past the orange and blue. Washington State fired Paul Wulff Tuesday, and the Cougars introduced Mike Leach as their new head man today. A coach interested in the Illini position is working on their cover letter, and Arizona State is trying to woo Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.

With each day that passes, more and more openings will come up, and unlike the University of Illinois, most are not tied by policy and procedure that will allow candidates to slip through their hands like a mishandled snap. So even off the field, the Illini are fumbling away the game.

Next week, the Illini will have to launch their hurry-up offense to catch up in the coaching game. Hopefully, it will not fall short like the Illini this season.