Friends, There is news this morning coming out of Champaign, Illinois that Cheez Fighting Illini have hired a new coach. Who may you ask is the new coach? Well Tim Beckman, the Head Coach of Toledo. There were reports early this season that Toledo was the best 1-3 football team in the country. They beat that juggernaut, New Hampshire, then lost three tough games, Ohio State, Boise State, and Syracuse. That Syracuse loss should not count, because but for PAC-12 Officials impersonating as Big East Officials, Toledo would have won that game. In addition yesterday as I drove home from work, I listened to the Mandel Initiative Podcast. One of the mailbag questions was about the Illini program, the question was, can the Illini become like Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan State? Stewart Mandel said it came down to getting the right coach. Cheez do you like the hire, and do you agree with Stewart Mandel? We also should not forget about aarondramp school of choice UNC. UNC didn't wait till the end of the season to fire it's coach, the school fired the coach before the season even started. Which was weird to me, because he should have been fired last season. Well today, the UNC Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Larry Fedora, the coach of the 2011 Conference USA Champions, Southern Mississippi. aarondramp can you tell us your thoughts on this hire. Lastly, the news of these events leave our commish's school without a head coach. recchem2000 what are your thoughts on this? The rumors floating around the net is that the Bruins are down to their fourth choice, and I don't even know if the leading candidate is the school's leading candidate, Jim Mora Jr. Based on my skimming Mora wants the job, but I don't know if the Bruins want him. Now, some of you may not know this, but UCLA use to be really good, and really good every year. Since, about the late 90's the school just hasn't been the same. Pete Carroll beat the crap out of all the schools, especially the cross town rival UCLA. My personal take, is that no one wants the UCLA job because they can't catch up to USC. It is not about the money, because if WSU can pay a coach $2.5 million, then UCLA should be able to afford someone for more money. recchem2000 what is wrong with the UCLA job, and why will no one take it?