What a difference a week makes.
Behold, Illinois football: Where even wins don’t feel like them.
Beckman’s debut squad lost all eight Big Ten conference games by an average score of 37-13 and finished the season a sadsack 2-10.
Stanford does it. So does Michigan. Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt do it, too.
In all honesty, though, it’s just tough to get jazzed about Tim Beckman’s encore when his opening performance hit all the wrong notes during a 2-10 campaign that included nine straight losses to close out the season.
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.
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.
Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel compiled a ranking of the best and worst college football coaches in the country – and it’s not good for the University of Illinois.
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?
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.
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.
) Illinois hired a familiar face to coach its defensive line in Greg Colby.
The Illini have named former North Carolina State assistant Jim Bridge their new offensive line coach, replacing the departed Luke Butkus.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced today that co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Chris Beatty has been let go.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois’ coaching staff was guilty of three penalties in the game, including when Beckman got in the way of an official and was flagged for a sideline infraction.
Saturday’s 50-14 win for Northwestern over the Illini represented much more than just another clash between Chicago’s Big Ten team and Illinois’ state team.
Having co-coordinators in college football is not uncommon, but I’ve never heard of two coordinators splitting up the play-calling by down.