Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mendenhall trashes moRon Zook

Rahula Strohl at 4:36 p.m.
The Champaign News-Gazette reports, via Deadspin and Foul Balls, that Rashard Mendenhall is not the biggest fan of Ron Zook.

The silver bullet quote: "To tell you the truth, as long as Ron Zook is there it will be hard for me to support the University of Illinois football team."

Mendenhall said that it had less to do with his brother, Walter, transferring from Illinois to Illinois State and more to do with how the program is run overall.

The folks at Foul Balls seem to think that with Mendenhall a first-round pick and the Illinois program turning around, it's time for Mendenhall to move past it. He will, after all, make quite a handy sum of money after playing a college career with Ron Zook.

Zook seems to feel the same: "You hate to see players who are disgruntled… We were obviously fair with Rashard and we tried to make him the best player he could possibly be. To me, he was a pretty good player and it paid off that he's going to have an opportunity to be a heckuva pro football player as well."

I think this quote from Mendenhall fails to inspire me to do the proper research: "When you find things that were said, you can kind of read between the lines and see that everything wasn't as it appeared to be."

So there you have it. I'm sure one could extrapolate any different kind of wild accusations on either Zook and the Illini program or the Mendenhall brothers, but I don't think this goes beyond two guys who just don't see eye-to-eye.
First of all this isn't just a case of two guys who don't see eye to eye. It's the case of a coach who talks a good game about caring for his players but has demonstrated time and again that he only cares about himself. He's the kind of coach who gave up on Jarvis Moss.

Man I can't wait for football season to start. An easy schedule for the Illini means high expectations and watching the inevitable meltdown is going to be fun.