Archive for November 2011

First Priorities for the New Illinois Football Coach

First Priorities for the New Illinois Football Coach
Ron Zook is gone. However, he was only one part of a larger college football problem in Champaign-Urbana. Zook “made history,” by becoming the first coach in FBS history to “accomplish” this feat- starting 6-0, finishing 6-6. But Zook wasn’t that much worse than Lou Tepper or Ron Zook, they all won only about a... Read more »

Illini Fire Ron Zook; Athletic Director Mike Thomas Addresses Media

Illini Fire Ron Zook; Athletic Director Mike Thomas Addresses Media
You look at the pic above and think “what does a celebration from the Illinois Fighting Illini  college basketball team have to do with this?” The long overdue firing of the school’s college football coach Ron Zook. Well, it’s much easier to find pics of “Illini celebration” in hoops. (which says something about why the... Read more »

Notre Dame Crushed by #4 Stanford; Andrew Luck Wins Heisman?

Notre Dame Crushed by #4 Stanford; Andrew Luck Wins Heisman?
Two years ago Toby Gerhart, now with the Minnesota Vikings then with the Stanford Cardinal, ran for over 200 yards on Notre Dame. The performance moved him up the Heisman Trophy pecking order, and he lost (by the slimmest margin of all time) to current member of the New Orleans Saints then member of the... Read more »
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Which Coordinator Replaces Ron Zook at Illinois? Petrino or Koenning?

Which Coordinator Replaces Ron Zook at Illinois? Petrino or Koenning?
In 2009, a very underachieving Illini football team finished 3-9. Picked as high as third by some Big Ten and college football pundits, the horrible record was nothing short of a catastrophe for the resume of Ron Zook and the Illinois program. Or so I thought. Logic dictated then Illinois Athletic Director Ron Guenther can... Read more »

Northwestern Drops to 6-6, Michigan State gets 10th win in Evanston

Northwestern Drops to 6-6, Michigan State gets 10th win in Evanston
By beating Northwestern today 31-17, Michigan State achieved…well they actually achieved all the big important stuff before arriving in Evanston, IL. Last week, they secured a berth to the inaugural Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. And since beating the Wisconsin/Penn State winner (probably Wisconsin) is their one and only path to the BCS, this... Read more »

Notre Dame Loses Best Player, Tim Abromaitis for Season (ACL Tear)

Notre Dame Loses Best Player, Tim Abromaitis for Season (ACL Tear)
Looks like Notre Dame is in serious trouble this season. Their co-captain Tim Abromaitis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at practice this morning and will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season. His loss will be felt not just in South Bend, but throughout the Big East and college basketball... Read more »
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Northwestern Taking on #10 Michigan St. Brutally Honest Preview

Northwestern Taking on #10 Michigan St. Brutally Honest Preview
Uncharted territory for the Big Ten this week. What happens when a team has already clinched a league championship game berth, but has nothing to play for beyond that? It’s the situation the Michigan State Spartans are currently in, as they’re bound for Indianapolis, but their only ticket to the BCS is if they beat... Read more »

Illini Best Illinois St. in Cancun Tourney Title Game. Spring Break Rules!

Illini Best Illinois St. in Cancun Tourney Title Game. Spring Break Rules!
It was an all Land of Lincoln title game in the 2011 Cancun Challenge title game. The Illinois Fighting Illini fell behind the Illinois State Redbirds 49-48 down the stretch but rallied in the end and hung on to win 63-59. The Moon Place Resort in Cancun, Mexico houses a very small gym which was... Read more »

Cubs, Northwestern Alum Joe Girardi to Serve as Football Game Honorary Captain

Cubs, Northwestern Alum Joe Girardi to Serve as Football Game Honorary Captain
New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi accomplished a lot during his MLB career with the Chicago Cubs, St Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies. He’s been an All-Star, 4× World Series champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2009) and 2006 NL Manager of the Year. Before all that, he was a star in the Northwestern Wildcats baseball program.... Read more »
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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Brutally Honest Preview

Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Brutally Honest Preview
I understand why Tom Bradley was chosen as interim successor to Joe Paterno, but he really isn’t the warm and cuddly face the University needs right now. At a time when the program should be showing great humility, Bradley has been anything but. He’s only making more people hate PSU. But who really cares about... Read more »
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