Butkus: "It's a tough selling job"

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- The Illinois football team is a little more than a month away from Fall Camp.

It's just the second season under head coach Lovie Smith but fans are anxious for results. With a long road still ahead for the Illini, former Illinois linebacker Dick Butkus weight in.

Butkus pointed out that Smith's hardest job will be selling the idea of a rebuild to recruits. Butkus himself was a part of a program turnaround. The Illini went 0-9 his freshman year before winning the Big Ten Title his junior season.

"When you talk about Lovie and the coaching staff, they're going to have to convince these kids, it's a tough selling job, 'Hey, do you want to be a part of a turnaround program where we get you and a few other guys and we're going to turn this program around?'" said Butkus. "It's a tough sell with the kids of today. Everybody wants to be a winner but they don't want to work for it. C'mon."

Illiniois opens its season at home Sept. 2 against Ball State. 

 
 

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