Illinois has a nearly two-decade tradition of retaining coaches at least one season too long.
Right now, Illinois football isn’t going anywhere. But in the future? Well, it could be.
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.
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.
Terry Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show to break down college football.
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.
The University of Illinois has hired the firm Parker Executive Search to help the school find the successor to retiring athletic director Ron Guenther.
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.
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.
This is the risk you run when you recruit eighth-graders.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 […]