There are conflicting reports floating around about current Houston Cougars football coach Kevin Sumlin's interest in Illinois' vacant head coaching job, but one thing appears certain: Illinois wants Sumlin.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Sumlin is at the top of the list of candidates Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas wants to replace the recently departed Ron Zook. Other candidates getting a look are Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken and Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson. If hired, Sumlin, and WIlson for that matter, would become the Illini's first black head coach.
Illinois has to battle, among others, Texas A&M and Arizona State for Sumlin's services, and, according to an emancipated college football writer, that's not a likelihood at this point:
Feldman is the most trusted reporter yet with insight as to the Sumlin-to-Illinois rumors, so unless something changes drastically, this appears to be wishful think on Thomas' part.