Tag: illinois football

New Chief Illiniwek Logo revealed, merch for Illini Nation to Buy

New Chief Illiniwek Logo revealed, merch for Illini Nation to Buy
Chief Illiniwek was officially retired by the University of Illinois, under pressure from the NCAA in 2007. That ended a decades long tradition of the Chief dancing at halftime of college football and college basketball games. The very familiar, perfect circle Chief in a headdress logo was also retired, and if you wanted to get... Read more »

Illinois Coach Tim Beckman motivates players with food

Illinois Coach Tim Beckman motivates players with food
Earlier this week it was announced that this Illinois football spring game would have a couple culinary twists. Newly installed coach Tim Beckman decided that the losing team would have to eat frank and beans as their postgame meal. Not sure what the winners got, but I’m assuming it’s real food. ‘‘This is a competition,’’... Read more »

Illini Basketball & Football: Remarkably Similar Season Story Arcs

Illini Basketball & Football: Remarkably Similar Season Story Arcs
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” For Illini fans in 2011-12, both were true. In both revenue producing sports. On the college football gridiron, Illinois started 6-0, on the strength of some ugly wins: (Northwestern, Western Michigan), and ascended to #16 in the nation. They lost as favorites to... Read more »
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Illini LB to Play in Bowl Game- Just 6 Weeks After Suffering Gunshot Wound!

Illini LB to Play in Bowl Game- Just 6 Weeks After Suffering Gunshot Wound!
This has got to be one of the most inspiring stories of the college football bowl season. This is more than a comeback. University of Illinois senior linebacker Trulon Henry was injured in a off-campus shooting November 13th. Henry, a two-year starter for the Illini (he moved from safety to linebacker this year) was shot... Read more »

Illini Leading Rusher Ruled Academically Ineligible for Bowl Game

Illini Leading Rusher Ruled Academically Ineligible for Bowl Game
Illinois football announced today that senior running back Jason Ford and redshirt freshman wide receiver Jake Kumerow are academically ineligible under NCAA rules and will not participate in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl versus UCLA on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Ford is the Illini leading rusher this year with 600 yards on... Read more »

Illini Hiring Toledo's Tim Beckman: Little Sizzle or Steak

Illini Hiring Toledo's Tim Beckman: Little Sizzle or Steak
Ohio State hiring Urban Meyer this was not. Utah hiring Urban Meyer this could possibly be. Even though it’s not official yet, conventional wisdom, the status quo and 4 out of 5 dentists agree: Toledo Rockets head Coach Tim Beckman will soon become the successor to Ron Zook at Illinois. This Illini head coaching hire... Read more »
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Illini DE Whitney Mercilus: 2011 National Defensive End of the Year!

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus: 2011 National Defensive End of the Year!
Illinois junior Whitney Mercilus has won the 2011 Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Mercilus led the nation in sacks, sacks per game and forced fumbles while ranking sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game. He becomes the first Illini national award winner since Dana Howard (1994) and Kevin Hardy (1995) won the... Read more »

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 Blown out at Home 31-14 by Michigan Wolverines

Illini Blown out at Home 31-14 by Michigan Wolverines
Today, Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins had 103 yards receiving, the fifth time that he has hit the C-Note this season. He’s now tied for fourth all time in school history for 100 yard games; in both a season and career. But you wouldn’t guess that from watching how the offense played today. Overall, that... Read more »
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Illini vs. Michigan: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Illini vs. Michigan: Brutally Honest Game Preview
In my lifetime, Illinois has beaten Michigan at home just twice- in 1983 and 2009. For some reason, the Illini don’t have a home field advantage versus the Wolverines or the Ohio State Buckeyes. Part of it is my alma mater has issues selling tickets to college football games. If you can’t sell out a... Read more »