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

Wisch: Illini (Coaching) Standards Out Of Whack

Don’t blame Illinois’ admission standards for a lack of football talent — the onus is on the coaches.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2014

Ron Zook (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Reports: Former Illini Coach Ron Zook To Join Packers’ Staff

Former Illinois coach Ron Zook appears destined for Green Bay.

CBS Chicago–02/07/2014

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.  (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

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

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)

Wisch: Can Illini’s Cincinnati Shocker Spark A Big Season?

What a difference a week makes.

670 The Score–09/10/2013

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

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

Wisch: Illini’s Beckman Struggling To Tackle In-State Recruiting

If Beckman can’t get things turned around soon – both on the field and with the state’s best athletes – he won’t be worrying about recruiting rankings for long.

670 The Score–07/11/2013

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

Wisch: Has Optimism For Illini Football Ever Been Lower?

From 1994-98, I was a student at the University of Illinois, and during those four years I saw a grand total of 14 football victories.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2013

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

Wisch: Champaign, Where Football Coaching Careers Go To Die

But then there’s the University of Illinois, the sadsack program of the prairie whose last three head football coaches can now be found at Florida International University (Ron Turner), the University of Buffalo (Lou Tepper) and, well, the coaching unemployment line (Ron Zook).

01/10/2013

Ron Zook

Wisch: Would The Illini Be Better With Ron Zook As Coach?

We don’t really know what Ron Zook is up to these days.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2012

Ron Zook

Wisch: Why Illini Football Fans Can Thank Ron Zook

Zook, who was fired last year after seven seasons in Champaign, left the Illinois football program in far better shape than he found it.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2012

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

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini’s Beckman Must Tackle In-State Recruiting

Down in Champaign at the state’s flagship school, the football program is listing, which is why Toledo’s Tim Beckman was brought in to right a ship that Ron Zook wrecked after a 6-0 start to the season.

CBS Chicago–12/20/2011

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Wisch: At Long Last, Illini Hire A True Head Coach

Twenty years ago, after compiling a sterling 30-16-1 record on the football field at that “basketball school” down in Champaign, University of Illinois coach John Mackovic bolted the Land of Lincoln for the gridiron riches of the Lone Star State.

CBS Chicago–12/09/2011

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Report: Illinois Wants Toledo’s Beckman

Toledo head football coach Tim Beckman has reportedly emerged as the favorite to replace Ron Zook at Illinois.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

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Illinois Extends Deadline For Football Coach Applications

Illinois has extended the application period for candidates for its head football coaching position until late Thursday night.

12/07/2011

Barry Alvarez. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illinois Needs To Find Its Own Barry Alvarez

I happen to think the Illinois football job offers as much potential as any in the country. Much like, you know, the University of Wisconsin job offered Alvarez two decades ago when he took it over and transformed the Badgers into a snarling, bare-knuckled national power.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

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