November 16, 2010
If you didn't know better, you might have assumed that a bowl game would be at the front of Illinois coach Ron Zook's mind this week, after Saturday's flop against lame-duck Minnesota put the bowl game that seemed assured two weeks ago – along with Zook's continued employment in 2011 – in sudden jeopardy. Why wouldn't an embattled coach who's only been to one bowl game in his first five years be thinking about the bowl game that could save his job in the sixth? Most coaches in his position, with so much potentially riding on getting to the bowl game, would probably be thinking about the bowl game – especially when the bowl game is just one win away.
But just because you're thinking about the bowl game doesn't mean Zook is thinking about the bowl game. Because he is not thinking about the bowl game. In fact, he doesn't even want to hear about the bowl game:
Why are so many people talking about the bowl game? There are still two more games to go before the bowl game. Maybe the bowl game is the problem around here. Maybe if everyone just shut up about the bowl game, we could actually make it to the bowl game.