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.
Wisch: Champaign, Where Football Coaching Careers Go To DieBut 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).
Wisch: Would The Illini Be Better With Ron Zook As Coach?We don’t really know what Ron Zook is up to these days.
Wisch: Why Illini Football Fans Can Thank Ron ZookZook, who was fired last year after seven seasons in Champaign, left the Illinois football program in far better shape than he found it.
Wisch: With House-Cleaning Done, Heat Is Now On Illini’s ThomasOn 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.
Wisch: Illini’s Beckman Must Tackle In-State RecruitingDown 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.
Wisch: At Long Last, Illini Hire A True Head CoachTwenty 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.
Report: Illinois Wants Toledo's BeckmanToledo head football coach Tim Beckman has reportedly emerged as the favorite to replace Ron Zook at Illinois.
Illinois Extends Deadline For Football Coach ApplicationsIllinois has extended the application period for candidates for its head football coaching position until late Thursday night.
Wisch: Illinois Needs To Find Its Own Barry AlvarezI 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.
Kittner: Illinois Should Play In Bowl Game In the wake of the firing of head football coach Ron Zook, the team is meeting Tuesday to decide whether or not it will accept a bowl invitation.
Who Will Be Illinois' Next Head Coach?After firing Ron Zook Sunday, the Illini have started searching for their next head coach.
Wisch: The Real Reasons Behind Ron Zook’s Rise And FallWhen it comes to the reasons why Illinois’ seventh-year head football coach held on to his job for so long and why he finally lost it on Sunday morning, I can boil Zook’s problems down to just four.
Illinois Fires Zook After 0-6 CollapseIllinois coach Ron Zook was fired Sunday after the Illini followed a 6-0 start to this season with a six-game losing streak.
Wisch: Two Names Can Put Illini Football On The MapI’m sure that Mike Thomas has his own list of names who he’d like to see as his coach at Illinois. But my advice is this: Aim high.