Illinois Basketball: Five Illini Head Coach Options for 2017

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NCAA Basketball: Illinois State at San Diego State
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Dan Muller

Dan Muller is probably the riskiest option I have on the top five board.  He is a good coach that hasn’t proven a ton in the college game yet.

Muller took over at Illinois State after Jankovich left the program to go to SMU.  He has really done a solid job with the Redbirds and has the team looking good this season too.

Right now, Illinois State has a 19-5 record and could possibly be looking at the NCAA Tournament.  This hasn’t happened since the 1997-98 season.

Muller also has a lot of coaching experience at a big-time program as well.  He was the assistant at Vanderbilt for 12 years.

In those 12 seasons, Vanderbilt went from a joke of a program who barely made the NCAA Tournament to making the postseason six times.

I also think Muller would be a good recruiter as well.  He was one of the top assistants and recruiters for Vanderbilt and he has the Illinois State program doing well.

Muller has also coached in the state of Illinois, so he knows the coaches from the high schools in and around the state.

Would Muller be my first choice? No, but he still is a good candidate for the head coach of the Illinois basketball team.