Potential Guenther replacements
Ask Loren Tate who he thinks should replace Ron Guenther here.
A.D. 'EM UP
We're assuming Ron Guenther's replacement currently is an athletic director. With the selection committee set to convene, here are 10 names to consider for the Illinois job:
Pros: Kendall Gill's roommate at Illinois knows how to work Chicago, knows his way around the Big Ten and knows every heavy hitter in C-U.
Cons: Commissioner Jim Delany might not encourage a move from within the conference.
Pros: One of the Big East's best athletic programs ... new basketball arena ... Rick Pitino ... 10 bowl games ... we could go on and on.
Cons: Comfortable in Kentucky (he's in his 14th year), the California native might view move to C-U as lateral at best.
Pros: NIU grad — and former NIU AD — is a rising star. Has credentials to become the second female AD in the Big Ten.
Cons: Hard to believe, but there's only been one female AD in the Big Ten (Michigan State's Merrily Baker). That's a tall hurdle.
Pros: Former Illini football player, academic all-star and lawyer has all the bases covered.
Cons: At 32, he might be better suited to take this job after the new hire retires.
Pros: Illinois grad student worked in athletic department as well as Big Ten Network and Northwestern.
Cons: It's been more than 20 years since he was in C-U. Plus, Illini's football relationship with Bulldogs is strained.
Pros: A 10-year AD at St. Louis, he guided the Bulls through a smooth transition into the Big East. A notorious fundraiser.
Cons: Messy Jim Leavitt split might make football fans nervous. Does South Florida even play basketball?
Pros: No one does a basketball program — men's and women's — like the Huskies. Rising football power, too. Did we mention Michael Hogan used to hang out there?
Cons: NCAA troubles — not to mention curious hiring of Paul Pasqualoni for the football job — hard to ignore.
Pros: While at Southern Illinois, he hired Jerry Kill and Matt Painter. Kent State grad has Midwest roots.
Cons: Rams haven't done much in the sports that matter (football, men's basketball).
Pros: Ex-Missouri AD knows the region. He might be looking to leave the weakened Big 12. Football is huge in Norman.
Cons: He's at a top school, so why leave? Among the top-paid ADs in the country.
Pros: Air Force grad has Midwestern roots (raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa) and power conference experience. Knows all about mascot controversies.
Cons: Why would he leave a Seminoles program that thrives in multiple sports?
Rick George Might be hard to pry from Rangers gig
Craig Tiley (below) The people's choice at home in Australia
Mannie Jackson Beloved campus contributor
Mark Johnson Y chief knows how to raise money
Tim Brewster Former Illini still is connected
Tom Michael (below) Program's GPA would lead Big Ten
Dana Brenner Veteran administrator knows the ropes
Warren Hood Steered Memorial Stadium project
Howard Milton Not a friendlier person at Bielfeldt
Chris Peacock Knows ins and outs of every department
Long shots we'd like to see
Lou Henson Assembly Hall renovation done by September
Rod Lovett His Parkland program is a juco power
Kent Brown SID would keep media happy
Don Gerard Only if he agrees to N-G interviews
Loren Tate With Jim Turpin as his right-hand man