Mike Thomas

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

John Groce, Tim Beckman and Terry Boers. (Credit: CBS)

Illini Roundtable On Boers & Bernstein

Now that 670 The Score will be the new home for University of Illinois basketball and football, The Boers and Bernstein Show hosted an Illini roundtable in studio on Wednesday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2013

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Unveils Plan To Renovate ‘Every Inch’ Of Assembly Hall

A long-discussed plan to renovate 50-year-old Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois should start next year and, while cutting seating capacity, include adding air conditioning and suites, Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Thursday.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2013

John Calipari

Wisch: Illinois Needs A New Border War Rival

Come this evening in front of a rabid crowd in St. Louis, Illinois will defend its border against Missouri during the two schools’ annual Braggin’ Rights game.

CBS Chicago–12/22/2012

Cheerleaders for the Illinois Fighting Illini fire up their fans prior to a game.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini AD Thomas: ‘We’ve Got To Do Better’ In Chicago

There has long been an apparent gap between Chicago sports fans and the University of Illinois’ athletic programs and Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas is determined to fix it.

670 The Score–12/19/2012

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

Wisch: Illinois Football Has Problems Bigger Than Beckman

When the Chicago Cubs, coming off their 104th year of championship futility topped by 101-loss cherry, probably inspire more hope and interest than your football program does, you know you have a problem.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2012

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

Beckman To Return As Illini Football Coach Next Year

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said football coach Tim Beckman will return to coach the Fighting Illini next year, despite managing only two wins this year – none of them against Big Ten rivals.

11/27/2012

Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans celebrates a second quarter touchdown with Arian Foster #23 while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Texans Top Lions 34-31 In OT After Coach’s Mistake

Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag when he didn’t need to and the Houston Texans made him regret it.

11/22/2012

Memorial Stadium

Wisch: 5 Ways Illinois Can Crack Chicago

Last week, I canvassed a swath of Illini Nation via Twitter and Facebook, asking for suggestions about how the state’s flagship school could better connect with fans – both existing and prospective ones – in the city.

CBS Chicago–11/22/2012

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

Wisch: When Exactly Will Illinois Football Win Again?

Tim Beckman – if he lasts another season – is likely to get another win at some point, he might never get his first Big Ten one.

CBS Chicago–10/30/2012

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

Wisch: The Secret – And Sham – To Tim Beckman’s Success

Down in Champaign, where these days things are far more blue than orange, the Fighting Illini football team is a woeful 2-5 in head coach Tim Beckman’s first season.

670 The Score–10/18/2012

General photo of Illini football players. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Football Fans Deserve Better – And Need To Believe It

With Illinois licking its wounds at 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten following Saturday’s 31-14 thumping at Wisconsin, Beckman couldn’t be off to a much worse start in Champaign.

CBS Chicago–10/09/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase

Wisch: The Truth About Illinois Football

And this deeper dilemma affecting U. of I. athletics is so discouraging that after reading this column, you very well may be driven to drink yourself.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

(credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Football Game In Chicago A Sign Of The (Future) Times

Come 2013, the Illini are coming to town. Get used to it, Chicago, because it’s going to be happening often – and not just for football games.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

While Big Ten training camps are underway, Adam Hoge will devote an entire day to each of the 12 teams in the conference.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2012

Courtesy University of Illinois Athletics.

New Illini Theme: ‘ILLINOIS. OUR STATE. OUR TEAM.’

Watch out, Chicago’s Big Ten Team, because there’s a different team that’s claiming the whole state.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

Cheerleaders for the Illinois Fighting Illini fire up their fans prior to a game.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: With House-Cleaning Done, Heat Is Now On Illini’s Thomas

On Thursday, the bad case of Illini indigestion was finally relieved when Ohio University’s John Groce was announced as the 17th men’s head coach in Illinois history during a press conference at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2012

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