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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Rodgers Not The First NFL QB Illini Dropped The Ball On

Illinois football has whiffed on some great signal-callers in the past two decades.

CBS Chicago–10/15/2014

Former Wisconsin coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Wisch: Badgers Shows Us Illini Football Can Be More

Wisconsin was once in the doldrums and is now a Big Ten power.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2014

Illinois coach Tim Beckman. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Wisch: It’s Time To Let Tim Beckman Go

Illinois is just 1-17 in Big Ten play under Beckman’s direction.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2014

Illinois fans. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Hungry Illini Fan Base Deserves To Be Fed

Ravenous Illinois fans take over Internet polls — what would they do with a real championship team?

CBS Chicago–10/01/2014

Illinois coach Tim Beckman. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Wisch: In Big Ten, Beckman Should Be Held To Higher Standard

Tim Beckman’s boss made it clear upon his hiring that Big Ten success was the goal.

CBS Chicago–09/24/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Lose Brunson, But All Is Not Lost

John Groce has Illinois in it to the end so often that he’ll soon land a big fish.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2014

Illinois coach Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Lunt’s Slow Starts Can’t Follow Illini To Seattle

Illinois is 2-0 despite sluggish starts to games.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2014

Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: NIU Primed To Break Through In A B1G Way

Since 1998, NIU has a .610 winning percentage, far better than that of Illinois or Northwestern.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2014

Memorial Stadium. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: With Attendance, Illini Losing The Numbers Game

Illinois’ football attendance has been dwindling for five straight seasons.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: It Should Be ‘Bowl Or Bust’ For Beckman In 2014

No Illini coach has started with three straight losing seasons since 1977-’79.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

Derrick Rose. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

Wisch: Let’s End The Culture Of Fear Around Derrick Rose

People worry when Derrick Rose doesn’t play. Then they worry when he does play.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2014

Dick Butkus. (Skip Bolen/Getty Images Fox Cable Network)

Wisch: It’s Time The Illini Erect Statues Honoring Butkus, Halas

It’s time to honor the past and further connect Chicago to Champaign.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2014

Illini wing Kendrick Nunn. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Thoughts On The Illini Basketball Schedule

Illinois’ Big Ten slate starts tough, but there’s opportunity for a strong finish.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2014

Javier Baez. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Wisch: Reality Of Cubs’ ‘Plan’ Is Taking Too Many Hits

The Cubs aren’t ignoring the acquisition of young pitchers. They just haven’t had the right opportunity.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2014

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: By Not Yet Naming QB, Beckman Making A Smart Call

Wes Lunt will emerge as Illinois’ starting quarterback, but Tim Beckman is being patient.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Wisch: To Redeem Image, Groce Needs To Seal Deal

John Groce is casting perhaps the widest net in Illini recruiting history.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2014

Bulls guard Derrick Rose. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wisch: Rose Puts The Ball In His Own Court

Derrick Rose’s apathy toward Carmelo Anthony means the pressure is on to be the man.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2014

From left, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Thoughts From A Weekend In Cooperstown

White Sox fans turned out in full force to support Frank Thomas.

CBS Chicago–07/29/2014

Lee Smith. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Cooperstown Shouldn’t Close Out Lee Smith

Few closers have been as dominant as Smith, whose 12th year of HOF eligibility passed without induction.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2014

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini (Coaching) Standards Out Of Whack

Don’t blame Illinois’ admission standards for a lack of football talent — the onus is on the coaches.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2014

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