The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl already has its share of issues. Neither team has a head coach, the game is being played in a baseball stadium, and ticket sales have been less than robust. It is also saddled with the noble but clunky name of “The Fight Hunger Bowl,” which is either an anti-malnutrition campaign or an allusive promo for the UFC’s Overeem/Lesnar fight tonight.
A fight might be the more appropriate interpretation at this point. Due to the firing of Ron Zook, four members of the Illinois coaching staff are now in the midst of a contract dispute with Illini administrators, and might boycott the game altogether.
On Wednesday, Gilbert said he and the three other remaining offensive assistants — Smith, Brohm and Chip Long — might boycott the game if the school didn’t “step up and play in the next 48 hours.”
“We all have opportunities to go elsewhere,” Gilbert said. “So, if they want the bowl game to be coached, they better decide they want to treat us the right way.”
The players, meanwhile, are having a marvelous time. Bowl season magic! FEEL IT!