- Manage the entire Athletic Department
- Key Liaison with Campus
- Raise Money
- Represent Illinois at Big Ten Conference and National meetings
Ron Guenther: Occasionally.
Question: When you are looking to hire a coach to represent the University of Illinois, what are the five key things you look for?
- Coaching Philosophy
- [Whether or not they are a] Player's Coach
- Institutional Fit
Ron Guenther: Balancing the [Illinois Athletic Department's] budget and improving the facilities. [There have been] no real disappointments.
Question: Last year Assembly Hall was a hot topic amongst many Illinois basketball fans, what's the current status with it?
Ron Guenther: It is still under review.
Question: What's your opinion of experimenting with instant replay in the Big Ten for football?
Ron Guenther: [The Big Ten] should have done it five years ago.
Question: Do you ever sit down with current athletes and talk with them about the way things are going?
Ron Guenther: Yes.
Question: Last year the football team went 1-11; you're a big football fan, what do you think went wrong last season?
Ron Guenther: Graduation of seven NFL players and injuries/lost confidence.
Question: During the off-season how important is it that your coaches get out to meet the fans?
Ron Guenther: [It is very important, the coaches do this] through our out-reach programs.
Question: Last question. Do you ever read the Internet to see what the average fan has to say?
Ron Guenther: No.
Mr. Guenther, thanks for your time and Go Illini!