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GCU / Mejerle Rumors
So, whats this I'm hearing on Twitter (Paola Boivin) involving Mejerle and Illinois?

"A lot of chatter happening about Illinois' interest in GCU basketball coach Dan Mejerle."
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03-15-2017 05:48 PM
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I'd call it lazy journalism. I think a Chicago Tribune sports writer wrote a column of candidates. Illinois alum Jerry Colangelo is consulting on those candidates, so Majerle was thrown into the group. Nothing substantive actually connecting Majerle to the job. Just speculation based on relationship between Colangelo & Majerle.

As much as some of you would like to see Thunder Tan go, you're stuck with him at least until GCU wins the WACt & goes dancing.
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(03-15-2017 06:19 PM)gleadley Wrote:  I'd call it lazy journalism. I think a Chicago Tribune sports writer wrote a column of candidates. Illinois alum Jerry Colangelo is consulting on those candidates, so Majerle was thrown into the group. Nothing substantive actually connecting Majerle to the job. Just speculation based on relationship between Colangelo & Majerle.

As much as some of you would like to see Thunder Tan go, you're stuck with him at least until GCU wins the WACt & goes dancing.

The Allure of a Big Ten job plus dollars is great. Combine that with being Colangelo's Alma Mater, and his desire to see Illinois return to prominence, it can be a tough sell.


Regardless of what we think, a team from the WAC or Big Sky is never winning a national championship. Illinois is talent rich, and has won championships, and has been in the title game this century.


Not saying he would take it, with his business interests here, but Illinois is a much higher level job.
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(03-15-2017 06:19 PM)gleadley Wrote:  I'd call it lazy journalism. I think a Chicago Tribune sports writer wrote a column of candidates. Illinois alum Jerry Colangelo is consulting on those candidates, so Majerle was thrown into the group. Nothing substantive actually connecting Majerle to the job. Just speculation based on relationship between Colangelo & Majerle.

As much as some of you would like to see Thunder Tan go, you're stuck with him at least until GCU wins the WACt & goes dancing.

Sounds like your trying to comfort yourself rather than convince us you have facts. If you think Dan would turn down coaching Illinois to stay at GCU I think your getting brain freeze from some super ice cold purple koolaid![/b]

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Dancing, if Majerle voluntarily leaves GCU for Illinois or any other college coaching job (his name is also being floated in conversations about UW job) before leading GCU to the NCAA tournament, I'll pay for your hotel room at WACt in the following season. I'm not joking, so please hold me to it if he does. The bummer for you is that it's not happening.
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Majerle wouldn't turn down Illinois, but Illinois is never going to offer him the job. The connection is Colangelo so journalists run with it.

If Illini can't hit on their home run candidates, they'll go for Keatts. If NC State grabs Keatts, Illini will turn to Musselman in the West before Majerle.
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Does anyone know how much Dan is making at GCU and what does Illinois pay the head coach? I'm sure there is not much difference. Even if they were interested I don't think he would take that job. Dan played in PHX and has been in PHX many years so that's his home. He probably has an excellent salary, good facilities, great backing and already lives where he wants to be. The only way I see him leaving is he gets into the NCAA tournament and a PAC12 school comes calling. I just don't see him relocating himself or family to BIG10 country.
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If Illinois offers, he is gone. Illinois will be able to pay $3-4 million, and he'll be able to recruit 4 and 5 stars.


The last great Illinois head coach was hired out of New Mexico State. The next great Illinois head coach could be hired out of Grand Canyon.
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(03-15-2017 10:10 PM)FINALFOUR1970SWEETSIXTEEN1992 Wrote:  If Illinois offers, he is gone. Illinois will be able to pay $3-4 million, and he'll be able to recruit 4 and 5 stars.


The last great Illinois head coach was hired out of New Mexico State. The next great Illinois head coach could be hired out of Grand Canyon.

I really doubt that. This past coach was making 1.6 million and that was after a raise. Dan is rumored to be making 1.5 million. 100k is not getting him. He is not leaving his home for that.
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(03-15-2017 10:53 PM)Trod0 Wrote:  
(03-15-2017 10:10 PM)FINALFOUR1970SWEETSIXTEEN1992 Wrote:  If Illinois offers, he is gone. Illinois will be able to pay $3-4 million, and he'll be able to recruit 4 and 5 stars.


The last great Illinois head coach was hired out of New Mexico State. The next great Illinois head coach could be hired out of Grand Canyon.

I really doubt that. This past coach was making 1.6 million and that was after a raise. Dan is rumored to be making 1.5 million. 100k is not getting him. He is not leaving his home for that.

Certainly not with GCU being finally eligible for the NCAAs next year. If he makes a Sweet 16 run? Then pack his bags. But he's safe right now
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