Mike Thomas

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

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

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

State Farm Center. (Getty Images)

Wisch: Bring The IHSA Basketball Tourney Back Home

Bidding’s open, and there’s an aura about holding it at the state’s flagship university.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2014

Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: For More Donors, Illini First Need More Wins

Illinois’ athletic department ranks in the lower one-third of the Big Ten in donor contributions.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2014

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

Wisch: The More Games, The Better For Young Illini

Illinois would benefit from playing in any postseason tournament, including the third-tier CBI.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2014

Wes Lunt. (Getty Images)

Wisch: Warm Illini Football Thoughts In February

By Dave Wischnowsky – (CBS) It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m feeling the love. Yes, for my wife, of course. But also for the University of Illinois’ football scheduling, which I think is pretty sweet. And […]

CBS Chicago–02/14/2014

Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Mike Thomas’ To-Do List In Champaign

Mike Thomas has plenty to accomplish to earn his pay raise.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2014

Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Why Is Beckman Not Fired?

The Tim Beckman hire was a mistake and everybody has known it since his first press conference.

670 The Score–12/04/2013

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

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: 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

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Calling For An Illini Football Encore In Chicago

If Illinois wants more fans to end up making the 140-mile trip down to Champaign, they likely have to bring the product up to them first.

670 The Score–09/17/2013

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

Wisch: Behold Illinois Football – Where Even Wins Don’t Feel Good

Behold, Illinois football: Where even wins don’t feel like them.

09/03/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Thoughts About The Illini’s Basketball Schedule

Hey, anything to keep my mind off Illinois football, ya know?

670 The Score–08/29/2013

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

Wisch: Coaching, Not Admission Standards, Is Illini’s Primary Problem

Stanford does it. So does Michigan. Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt do it, too.

670 The Score–08/06/2013

Ron Zook

Wisch: Illini AD Shouldn’t Be Investing Time In Debating Zook

Things Illini Nation learned this past week: 1) Ron Zook now works for a bank, and 2) Mike Thomas is willing to invest time in rebutting him.

670 The Score–07/18/2013

Wes Lunt. ( Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Wisch: Does Lunt Make Beckman’s Job Status More Secure?

With Lunt now officially an Illini, however, Beckman has in his program a quarterback who’s probably Illinois’ best – on paper, at least – since former pro Kurt Kittner. But the looming question hanging above Lunt’s transfer is will Beckman ever get a chance to actually coach the QB in a real game?

CBS Chicago–06/19/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase scrambles against the Missouri Tigers.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: A New Illinois-Mizzou Football Series Shouldn’t Be Arch Madness

In the entire country, there is no nonconference college basketball rivalry better than Illinois-Missouri. But in all of America, there was no nonconference college football rivalry worse than Illinois-Missouri.

670 The Score–06/07/2013

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