Dick Butkus: 'I better just shut up'
Columnist Loren Tate chatted with one-of-a-kind Illini Dick Butkus for a story that will run in Sunday's N-G. As expected, the legendary linebacker didn't hold back.
What are your thoughts about the Illini?
Butkus: “It’s depressing. Every time I’ve talked to the team, they get bombed, so I better just shut up. I look at the roster and I see more out-of-state players than in-state. We’re losing the top in-state players. We’ve always had trouble recruiting in Chicago. Why, I don’t know.”
Should college players be given a stipend?
Butkus: “I think it’s time. Some of these kids don’t have a pot to you-know-what in. But you’ll need an accounting major to determine how to be fair with the other sports.”
More coming on HQ and in the N-G.