Category: Illinois Fighting Illini

Why is Illinois so bad at football?

Why is Illinois so bad at football?
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 2-3, but those two wins came courtesy of a MAC and FCS team. They’ve been absolutely destroyed by every FBS team they’ve faced this season, even getting routed at home by a non power conference team in Louisiana Tech. Most of the US sports books did not see that coming.... Read more »

llini win Tim Beckman's debut convincingly

llini win Tim Beckman's debut convincingly
One thing is for sure- this Illinois Fighting Illini team can play some defense. With starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, safety Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Illinois and new coach Tim Beckman hang on for a 24-7 win Saturday over Western Michigan in the season opener for... Read more »

Illinois Fighting Illini have new marketing slogan

Illinois Fighting Illini have new marketing slogan
“ILLINOIS. OUR STATE. OUR TEAM.” will be displayed within advertising and marketing campaigns around the state. The Illini will probably no longer be taking shots at Northwestern and their “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” slogan. Hopefully, that nonsense is over with the new Illinois re-brand...
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B1G QB Power Rankings: 2012 Preseason

B1G QB Power Rankings: 2012 Preseason
No snarky or witty intro here, let’s just get down to the brass tax. You know what this post is about. For our team power rankings go here 1. Denard Robinson- Wolverines All his deep completions are just lucky jump balls that he throws up there. And he lofts it when he shouldn’t. And doesn’t... Read more »

Post Media Day B1G Power Rankings

Post Media Day B1G Power Rankings
These are highly subject to change. Brady Hoke remarked at Media Day that UM was picked fifth in their division a year ago; and just outside the top 25 in the year they won their last national title- 1997. So maybe these rankings don’t really mean all that much? Of course, that won’t stop you... Read more »

Bulls summer league roster includes Illini Demetri McCamey

Bulls summer league roster includes Illini Demetri McCamey
The Chicago Bulls announced their team which will participate in the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League.  Current Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (last year’s #1 pick out of Marquette), along with Chicago’s first-round pick Marquis Teague (No. 29 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Kentucky) highlight this summer’s 12-man roster. Will Teague be the... Read more »
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2012 Illinois Fighting Illini football comprehensive season preview

2012 Illinois Fighting Illini football comprehensive season preview
The Illini started to get defensive, real defensive in the 2010 Texas Bowl. In that 38-14 trouncing of Robert Griffin III and Baylor, they held RG3 and the Bears in check. The man who would win the Heisman trophy and become the #2 overall pick in the NFL Draft the very next season was out of rhythm, out of sync versus the Illini in Houston. And that D carried over into 2011, when they Illini had a top 10 national defense. A lot of that was the personnel, a lot of it was coordinator Vic Koenning, who unfortunately had to move on when Ron Zook was replaced by Tim Beckman. Can they keep it going this fall, despite the coaching changes...

Illinois big man Meyers Leonard joins Damian Lillard as Portland NBA Lottery pick

The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from... Read more »

Illini Meyers Leonard going 14th to Milwaukee Bucks tonight?

Illini Meyers Leonard going 14th to Milwaukee Bucks tonight?
Meyers Leonard to the Milwaukee Bucks at #12 in tonight’s NBA Draft. That’s what we’re hearing. It makes sense, as Milwaukee is now sans Andrew Bogut and desperately needs a big even though they just acquired Samuel Dalembert (Dalembert is in the final year of his contract though so the Bucks could allow Leonard to... Read more »
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Details on new College Football Playoff System

Details on new College Football Playoff System
Like the famous book is titled “Death to the BCS ,” and it looks like it’s finally here as the University presidents announced approval of a 4-team seeded playoff for college football. The committee will select teams based on conference championships and strength of schedule, beginning with the 2014 season. There will be 6 bowls to be utilized as part of the semifinals, likely to include the 4 BCS bowls. The title game will be bid out to cities just like the Super Bowl. One city you’ll see for sure in the mix is Indianapolis...