Surace has gotten more flexibility from Admissions as well as basically unltd funding. Helps that he is an excellent coach :).
No knock on our rep but Princeton has a national rep that is all but unassailable. Combine that with an excellent coach and a need aid policy that equates to essentially a full ride system,unrestricted as to numbers by NCAA, and you see the results.
The parochial nature of IL football is one of PL’s advantages. The insular focus of IL does have consequences somewhat benficial to us in recruiting. Longer range, IL gets higher rated recruits across the board but very few improve over their career.Part of that is most players only improve by playing better competition. IL rarely does. Usually Tigers best OOC game is us. Imagine it will change with the move away from PL games. Which way IL will go? Who knows.