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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Illini to Face UCLA in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Illini to Face UCLA in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will be at 2:30 pm CT on Dec. 31 on ESPN.The destination- picturesque AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants of MLB. They will face a 6-7 UCLA team. That’s four bowls in a row the Illini have faced an opponent in their home state. (Baylor in the Texas... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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5 Biggest Reasons Illinois Should Terminate Ron Zook at Season's End

5 Biggest Reasons Illinois Should Terminate Ron Zook at Season's End
The main story surrounding the Illinois Fighting Illini losing 28-17 to the Wisconsin Badgers today is the fact that Illini Head Coach Ron Zook is a “dead man walking.” New Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas said he won’t make a decision until after the season is over, so I wouldn’t expect to hear anything concrete... Read more »