It has been 24 hours since NIU football's worst weekend ever (The Simpson's Comic Book Guy) and I started to to think over all that happened, namely Kill's leaving for greener pastures.
Sure I'm happy for him, I agree with Compher, we are better as a launching pad than a graveyard, but the way things went down were absolutely classless, I don't care who you are and who you are going to work for.
The bigger thing is that it wasn't time yet. And this isn't the ramblings of a NIU fan, this is the ramblings of a Coach Kill fan, someone who has watched his works since 2001 in SIU. Someone who hoped and pined for him to fill Coach Novak's position. Kill has proven to be a great coach, with winning seasons two out of this three years, but he has yet to deliver a bowl championship or a conference championship. Sure he was a success, but the foundation was in place when he arrived.
While he was a great recruiter at SIU (and that took years) and a good one at NIU, I don't think he is ready for the feeding frenzy of recruiting needed to compete at the Big Ten level. Sure they have a great facility up there, but Kill is an unknown to the "upper levels of college football." One look at Minnesota's schedule next year and anyone would shudder. Moreover, one look at the fan's and alumni's response in Minnesota and anyone would shudder, its the same reaction as introducing Judson to replace Patton.
Kill moved to early, for both NIU and himself, he would have been better off spending five, ten years at NIU building a name for himself and the team and taking the job that both wants him and he would be equipped for.
I wish him nothing but the best, I have always had a distain for Big Ten football, but I might actually root for Minnesota, of course until they play Miami or any other MAC team...then I hope TCF Bank Stadium floods with the tears of Golden Gopher fans.