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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

Kendrick Nunn gets blocked by Nigel Hayes. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Wisch: Blowout Gives Illini Something To Forget – And Remember

Buckle up, Illini fans. And, well, Bucky up, too. Because, remember, this isn’t going to be a smooth ride.

670 The Score–01/09/2014

Illinois coach John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini Ranked No. 23 In AP Poll

For the first time this season, Illinois (13-2, 2-0) has cracked the AP’s Top 25.

670 The Score–01/06/2014

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

Wisch: By Retaining Coordinators, Illini Football Wins And Loses

With the news on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit will be back with the team next season, Illini fans should be thrilled. That’s a win.

670 The Score–12/19/2013

Illini helmet logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini OC Cubit Gets Extension, Raise

If there was one bright spot for the 2013 Illinois football team, it was the offense under the direction of offensive coordinator Bill Cubit.

670 The Score–12/18/2013

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Beckman To Return To Illini In 2014

Illini fans pining for a new head coach in 2014 will have to wait at least one more year.

670 The Score–12/02/2013

Derrick Rose. (Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Things For Local Sports Fans To Be Thankful For

Derrick Rose’s knees are about as stable as your turkey’s. Jay Cutler’s lower extremities aren’t a whole lot sturdier. With one combined Big Ten victory, the Illinois and Northwestern football teams have no leg to stand on this weekend. And both the Cubs and the White Sox?

670 The Score–11/28/2013

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: Expect Beckman Back, But Don’t Expect Greatness

On the campus of the University of Illinois, the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building sits between Florida Avenue and St. Mary’s Road. But when it comes to the Fighting Illini football program, it might as well be stuck between a rock and a hard place.

670 The Score–11/26/2013

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

Wisch: Can Illini Afford To Stick With Beckman Too Long?

Illinois has a nearly two-decade tradition of retaining coaches at least one season too long.

670 The Score–11/21/2013

Illinois coach John Groce. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Basketball Bouncing Back From Bad Weekend

When it comes to weekends, Illini Nation’s was about on par with Bernie’s.

670 The Score–11/19/2013

Chief Illiniwek. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: My Plea For U. of I. To Embrace Its Native American Heritage

Why don’t more people talk about what we should do regarding Native American heritage?

670 The Score–11/16/2013

Kansas Jayhawks. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Video: Cliff Alexander Picks Up Illinois Hat Before Picking Kansas

Adding insult to injury, Chicago Curie’s Cliff Alexander poured salt in the wounds of Illini Nation.

670 The Score–11/15/2013

Fighting Illini.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Alexander, Okafor To Announce College Decisions Today

Illini Nation will collectively hold its breath until 3 p.m. today, when Young center Jahlil Okafor and Curie power forward Cliff Alexander make their collegiate decisions.

670 The Score–11/15/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Nation On Edge As Recruiting Rumors Swirl

Even if the recruiting sky does fall in today, it’s hardly the end of the world for the Illinois program.

670 The Score–11/15/2013

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

Wisch: Beckman’s Job Status Putting Illinois Back In A Bind

The only hope for Illinois to continue progress (or start it) is by firing embattled defensive coordinator Tim Banks and hoping that Thomas can hire a talented assistant to replacement him.

670 The Score–11/12/2013

John Groce. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Hoops Season Set To Begin, So Breathe Easy

It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2013

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Listen: Ken Norman Goes After Stephen Bardo

Stephen Bardo has new book out on the ’89 Illini and former teammate Ken Norman says certain parts of the book are 100 percent untrue.

670 The Score–10/31/2013

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Wisch: Illini Sorry On The Field, But Smart With Scheduling

Right now, Illinois football isn’t going anywhere. But in the future? Well, it could be.

670 The Score–10/31/2013

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

Wisch: Illini’s Beckman Needs A Win To Create Any Believers

It’s that simple. Yet, of course, for the Fighting Illini, it isn’t at all.

670 The Score–10/29/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Scheelhaase’s Dad Arrested After Fight In Stands At Illini Game

This may just add insult to injury for Illini Nation.

670 The Score–10/28/2013

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