Illinois recently held their IFCL (Illini Football Competition League) draft in first class fashion...complete with a commissioner and tuxedo t-Shirt.
With a surprise first pick, linebackers coach Mike Ward was chosen to help guide a team through the events that the teams will compete in. Tight ends coach Alex Golesh explained that coaches are included in the draft pool to help guide their team through events.
Ward wasn't exactly shy about talking some trash to tight ends coach Alex Golesh shortly after being picked first overall.
You see more and more coaches choosing to do fun, competitive off season events to help create accountability and excitement, and this is just another creative way of structuring it to add a little flair. Being able to pick up coaches for guidance is a nice touch and the draft is a little icing on the cake that adds a some extra buzz.
Expect to see more from the Illini as the off season IFCL events play out over the next few weeks.