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    As a longtime Illini fan, the next coach will have some very tough shoes to fill. For some reason I never knew that Johnson qualified for the 1980 team, be sure and read the linked article from the original.

    I think unlike PSU there is a clear frontrunner - Jim Heffernan knows the program (17 years as an assistant!), knows the recruiting, would do a great job and he's earned it.

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    Anyone hear any updates on the Illini situation? Any known people throwing their names in or being interviewed? Much quieter than the PSU job...

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    I'm guessing Perry or Heffernan will get it. I wonder if Steve Marianetti is interested. He's done some great work at D-III Elmhurst College, has ties all over the Midwest, and of course, is a legend at Illinois for winning the school's first national championship by knocking off Lincoln McIlravy. I'd love to see him in the running, but this is just my speculation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestater View Post
    I'm guessing Perry or Heffernan will get it. I wonder if Steve Marianetti is interested. He's done some great work at D-III Elmhurst College, has ties all over the Midwest, and of course, is a legend at Illinois for winning the school's first national championship by knocking off Lincoln McIlravy. I'd love to see him in the running, but this is just my speculation.
    Illinois Heavy John Llewellyn won NCAA in 1991 beating Kurt Angle in the finals.
    I don't how many qualify from the Big Ten back then, but on TV they said he was Illinois only qualifier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    Illinois Heavy John Llewellyn won NCAA in 1991 beating Kurt Angle in the finals.
    I don't how many qualify from the Big Ten back then, but on TV they said he was Illinois only qualifier.
    You're right. Marianetti wasn't the first, he was Johnson's first. But still, he is pretty revered in Champaign. I'd like to see his name on the short list.

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    Marianetti has done a great job at Elmhurst, believe they had two finalists this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gantry View Post
    Marianetti has done a great job at Elmhurst, believe they had two finalists this year.
    They had a champ in Jake Oster who won a very exciting match after getting illegally slammed early in the finals. It was one of the loudest thuds I've ever heard in a wrestling match.

    Corsello finished second at HWT. Elmhurst finished 7th and the team and their fans had a neat little celebration down on the floor of the Cellular Center afterwards.

    Looking at the bigger picture - am I wrong, or do Division I schools never really consider rising young coaches in other divisions. In DIII you've got rising young stars like Marianetti, Malacek at UW LaCrosse and Oostendorp at Coe. And what about the job Valek has done at Newberry in DII?

    The normal march to a top DI job always seems to be - take a low level assistant's job so you have workout partners while you continue to compete, advance to head assistant once you retire from competition and then take a head coaching job at a 2nd tier DI program. Somewhere along the line you hope you learn something about coaching.

    Take this with a grain of salt, I'm looking outside in and may not have a clue about how it really works.

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    I also wonder how much D-III coaches WANT to move "up." The recruiting schedule, travel demands and overall pressures are less at the D-III level. Of course, the rewards are less, too, but the work/life balance is a little more even.

    At the same time, I hope D-III, and D-II coaches aren't being overlooked, because there are some excellent ones out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Should be very interesting how they find coaches for these two programs.

    Not quite the magnitude of the two Iowa schools and Ohio State all getting new coaches but definitely up there if not eclipsing Santoro to Lehigh, McCoy to Maryland from last year.
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