Sorry Illini, BAM isn't a Wizard

As Weber continues to whiff each time he swings for a new recruit, the reality pill that the Illini faithful (at least as represented by the barking-dog head of the Illini Board crazies) will soon be swallowing keeps getting bigger and bigger.

As I write this, the New York Knicks, coached by the esteemed Larry Brown, are mired in frustration with a 2 and 6 record and the Los Angles Lakers, led again by the prodigal zen-master, Phil Jackson, are a couple of games behind the Clippers. And Bill Belichick's dynastic Patriots are looking exceedingly ordinary.

Three coaching legends. Three very average teams.

How does this relate to Illinois Basketball?

Well, you see, there is a very fat reality pill resting gingerly on the dinner plates of Illini fans everywhere, a pill whose existence they deny by repeating (and repeating) the great myth that by sheer force of his genius, Bruce "Wooden" Weber could take a rag-tag group of benchwarmers and turn them into a Final Four team.

Sports Illustrated, though, today reminds us that just repeating something over and over doesn't make it true:

Myth Of Genius: Sorry, Knicks and Lakers fans, writes SI.com's Phil Taylor, coaching genius doesn't exist. For now, Phil Jackson and Larry Brown are only as good as the developing talent around them.

As Weber continues to whiff each time he swings for a new recruit, the reality pill that the Illini faithful (at least as represented by the barking-dog head of the Illini Board crazies) will soon be swallowing keeps getting bigger and bigger.

My advice to them: start eating small bites now. You'll thank me later.

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