Guenther meets the press

Guenther meets the press

Illinois athletc director Ron Guenther met with several Illinois beat writers today and touched on a number of subjects, many of which were addressed in Loren Tate's column last Sunday (click here for the story).

Highlights of today's conversation include:

- Memorial Stadium update.

"It's going to be done. We knew when we got started that to do it in two years like we did, it was going to be close. The winter didn't help.

"Right now, we're under budget and we're on time. I give the construction guys a tremendous amount of credit. They really have attacked the project with enthusiasm."

- The trip to Detroit to play Western Mchigan.

"The 12th game came about. Our conference didn't move until a year ago to move the date so that we're going to be able to play 12 games in 13 weeks, which is the NCAA rule. We were trying to play 12 in 12. By the time we got around to looking at scheduling, there weren't that many options that were out there.

"My deal basically with the MAC Conference, which I like a lot, is to get two or three here and then we return to a neutral as opposed to returning to a MAC site. That's how that occurred."

- Timeline for the Assembly Hall renovation.

"We're on target to come up with some kind of recommendation by January. We're going to hold to that."

 

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Wenalway wrote on August 26, 2008 at 10:08 am

The explanation about the game in Detroit is OK, but the site still makes no sense. It's farther from Champaign than Kalamazoo is.

The neutral site could have been Indianapolis, perhaps even at the new stadium. That would have rocked. Another interesting choice -- Lambeau Field. Let the Illini fans taste some cheese.