Ron Guenther

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

(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

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

Bruce Weber

Hoge: Bruce Weber Needs A Miracle To Save Job

According to multiple sources, key Illini boosters have made it clear to Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas that Weber’s $3.9 million buyout should not stand in the way of making a change.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

Ron Zook

Greenstein: Could Zook Be In Jeopardy?

Terry Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show to break down college football.

670 The Score–10/28/2011

Bruce Weber

Wisch: Illinois AD Clocks Out, Leaves Weber, Zook Ticking

The University of Illinois is on the clock. But it’s Bruce Weber and Ron Zook who can hear theirs ticking. At about 5 p.m. this evening Illinois will be without an official athletic director for the first time since 1992.

CBS Chicago–06/30/2011

Assembly Hall

Report: Illinois Hires Firm To Help Find New Athletic Director

The University of Illinois has hired the firm Parker Executive Search to help the school find the successor to retiring athletic director Ron Guenther.

CBS Chicago–05/26/2011

Memorial Stadium

Guenther To Retire After 19 Years As Illini AD

Ron Guenther has served as the Director of Athletics for the University of Illinois for the last 19 years. On Monday, he announced that he would retire after the competition of his contract on June 30.

CBS Chicago–05/16/2011

Bruce Weber

Wisch: Can Bruce Weber Learn Something From…Ron Zook?

There was a fire in Champaign this week. Early Wednesday, a blaze started in a building on Green Street – the main Campustown drag – and destroyed a couple of popular restaurants.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2011

Jereme Richmond

Bernstein: Is Jereme Richmond Done At Illinois?

This is the risk you run when you recruit eighth-graders.

670 The Score–03/21/2011

Bruce Weber

Illinois AD Confident Weber Can Fix Team

The Illini aren’t quite living up to expectations but coach Bruce Weber has a plan to fix the team’s problems. The Athletic Director has confidence in Weber too.


Bruce Weber

Wisch: Is Bruce Weber Over-Coaching The Illini?

The State of Illinois is caught in a blizzard. And the state of Illinois basketball is caught in a bind.
So … which one digs itself out first?


Ron Zook

Wisch: Is Ron Zook’s Job At Illinois Secure?

As a University of Illinois season ticket holder, I’ve watched a lot of Ron Zook football during the past six years. Most of it bad.


Ron Zook

Zook Not Taking It Personally

Most Illini fans were pleasantly surprised by the team’s 5-3 start. But with back-to-back loses, Ron Zook is beginning to hear the criticism.


Ron Zook

Shepkowski: Bowl Bid Shouldn’t Save Zook

Two weeks ago there was talk of Illinois winning as many as nine games and playing in a Post New Years’ bowl game. Loses to Michigan and Minnesota in consecutive weeks have instead dampened those dreams and now the best the Illini can hope for is a 7-5 finish.

670 The Score–11/17/2010

Fighting Illini

Vic Koenning Bringing Intensity To Illini Defense

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Vic Koenning talks defense in his own brand of coaching maxims, borrowing liberally from Vince Lomardi and Al Davis, and delivering it all in a dry Oklahoma twang. He wants his players […]

670 The Score–09/17/2010