With Assistant Coach Isaac Chew departing Illinois for Marquette, just weeks after he left Mizzou to join the Illini (More on the questionable professionalism of jumping ship like that so early here), the asst. gig is now opened up again.
Top candidates include, surprisingly not Simeon coach Robert Smith, but Illinois State assistant Paris Parham, Florida State assistant Dennis Gates. And Deon Thomas.
Yes, for Illini fans, Deon Thomas could soon become much more than just nostalgia and the answer to a trivia question.