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.
Right now, Illinois football isn’t going anywhere. But in the future? Well, it could be.
It’s that simple. Yet, of course, for the Fighting Illini, it isn’t at all.
here was a time when Wisconsin football was Illinois football.
To show I’m not just blowing smoke, here are some other suggested sponsors for a few of the Big Ten basketball and football coaches:
The Illini don’t have a Red Grange this season, but with Bill Cubit’s offense they may have more than a Galloping Ghost of a chance vs. the Huskers.
I’ve compiled a list of nonconference opponents that also have an open date on Sept. 5, 2015.
If Illinois wants more fans to end up making the 140-mile trip down to Champaign, they likely have to bring the product up to them first.
If Tim Beckman’s coaching career at Illinois really does go from knocking on death’s door to cracking – or even kicking – it open for his return in 2014, he’ll probably be able to thank heavens for one person.
The allegations that Oklahoma State players received cash payments and perks over the past 13 years shocked Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, who was the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator from 2007-08.
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.