Yesterday was college football's National Signing Day and with it Illinois Football Coach Tim Beckman unveiled his latest recruiting class. Here to break down it with me is Illini recruiting expert Taylor Rooks of Fox Sports Next. We're going to find the bright side in Illini football recruiting. Yes, Rooks is talented enough to pull of such an accomplishment. Finding the silver lining in an otherwise bleak situation.
During Beckman's Signing Day press conference he said something rather unintelligent about the city of Chicago. It was self-aggrandizing and took a direct shot at Northwestern and Pat Fitzgerald.
This ended up overshadowing the other news on signing day as I received a very high volume of messages (texts, tweets, direct, emails etc) that all said essentially the same thing. Those messages derided the intelligence and vocational competency of Tim Beckman. And most of the messages said very little beyond that.
It's understandable as Beckman's boastful Chicagoland comment deriding NU seems rather non-sensical. Recruiting service 24/7 has Colorado, Purdue, Illinois and Washington State as the lowest-rated 2014 classes from the power five leagues...
"Our presence in Chicago is important to us, we are the state team, we need to bring ourselves closer to them for marketing purposes," said Illini Wide Receivers Coach Mike Bellamy- a former Chicago Bears player,
native of the SouthSide (prepped at Kenwood Academy) and Illini wideout who played with Jeff George in Champaign.
"And we have a large alumni base in Chicago and sometimes they can't make it down, so why not bring the game to them?" Bellamy continued.
On Saturday, the Illini were competing for sports fan interest against the White Sox
, a Fire match and the BMW Classic. And they still drew 47,312 fans to the lakefront in Chicago. That attendance is higher than what Illinois drew at home for their first two games this season; and a solid figure when you consider how very low expectations were heading into this year...
football ended their nine game losing streak. And they did it on Social Media Day at Memorial Stadium. Well, they just barely survived: winning 42-34 over the SIU Salukis in a game that went down to the wire. Unfortunately for Illinois football, who reside in the Big Ten
, a BCS power conference, just escaping versus a FCS squad, and a middle of the road one and that, doesn’t cut it.
Coach Tim Beckman
was on the hot seat entering this game. It’s surface of the planet Venus now; after outgaining a FCS opponent at home by just 57 yards and winning by a slim margin. (More on what went down on the field and what it means for Illinois football here)
Let's get to the tweets today (saving my own for the bottom)...
We have real football again! Finally. College football season openers are this Saturday, August 31st. Illini
football takes on FCS school Southern Illinois
as part of Social Media Day. All Illini
fans Liking the official Fighting Illini football Facebook page and following the @Illini Football Twitter
account will be entered to win a personalized Illinois
jersey. Just enter by halftime Saturday.
fans and Twitter
followers can win a pair of tickets to the Sept. 14th Chicago Homecoming versus the Washington Huskies at Soldier Field. The winners will be announced at Memorial Stadium and on Illini football social media pages at the end of the third quarter versus SIU.
Obviously, this match-up would be more intriguing in basketball. Say in a tournament in March. However, Salukis football did produce Bart Scott
, the famous former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets linebacker who now has a new NFL
pregame show on CBS
Sports. (it debuts September 8th
was on conference call today to preview the game on Saturday...
Very few people connected to Illini
football are extremely happy right now about the Tim Beckman
Illini football was winless in conference play, Ohio State
and Penn State
combined to outscore Illinois
132-29. They went 2-10 despite having four players taken in the NFL Draft
. So, we’re not here to write much more negativity about the Illini football program- it’s been done. And deservedly so.
We’re here to talk about how Tim Beckman deals with all that negative energy. Again, having your games decided by halftime- in a bad way- will do that.
“We’re not going to let negativity infiltrate our program. We’re going to be positive with a great passion towards what we want to get accomplished,” Beckman said in his opening statement during Big Ten
It’s been that kind of year for the Illinois Fighting Illini and their hopeless coach Tim Beckman. At 2-10, winless in conference and blown out in more than half their losses, it’s been pure phantasmagoria. Today’s blowout loss to Northwestern brought more pain. On the field, and the sideline. This isn’t even Beckman’s first sideline... Read more »
Here’s a multi-media gaffe for you. Getting caught by television cameras with chewing tobacco when you’re a college football coach. And chew at practices and games is a NCAA violation for players and coaches. That’s what happened with Illini coach Tim Beckman, who apologized for it after his team got destroyed by the Wisconsin Badgers... Read more »
New Illinois football head coach Tim Beckman takes over for the fired Ron Zook
. The rookie head coach (on a Big Ten
level) from Toledo addressed the media
yesterday (Here is the link to the 25 minute video
) after a week at Camp Rantoul; the Illini
train on the former Chanute air force base.
Here are some of the highlights of what he had to say...
Newly minted Illini
head Coach Tim Beckman
addressed the issue of the day surrounding his program, and the Big Ten
conference in general, the Penn State
football roster being re-opened for recruiting.
Beckman took the topic head on with the opening statement in his time at the podium...
Twitter is the absolute king of all social media. Sorry Facebook fans, but tweeting is where it’s at. And among all the types of Twitter account out there, my favorite may just be the celebrity parody account. It takes great creativity to tweet as someone else, and these few accounts have all built up a... Read more »