The state of Illinois football has long been declared a disaster area. FEMA will be sending aid soon to clean up the wreckage created my Superstorm Tim Beckman. Actually, the true creator of this mess is Athletic Director Mike Thomas, but that’s another column for another time. Clearly, Beckman is in way over his head,... Read more »
Tim Beckman isn’t the only reason the Illinois Fighting Illini are completely atrocious this season. Sure, he’s the main reason; as he’s clearly over-matched every week and in over his head. However, the main driving force behind the Illini being awful is the complete ineptitude of the offensive line. More than halfway through the season,... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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
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...
Coach Tim Beckman landed a pretty important although bound to be somewhat overlooked recruit today. It’s the ultimate needs-based pick up. Yuo can easily say without hyperbole that Illinois had the worst special teams in all of college football
last year. Aside from the placekicking, it was all around atrocious and cost them a win at Penn State
, and probably another two games as well.
The return game was stunningly bad, but it got a nice boost in defensive back and kick returner Tommy Davis, who will transfer to Illinois for the 2012 season after spending the last four years at Northern Illinois University...
I received a mass email today from the Illinois Alumni Association. The subject heading: ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Big Ten University The message content: Illinois alumni don’t need an expensive roadside billboard to let people know we’re the best public Big Ten university in Chicago! Instead, make your case in your office space by displaying your loyalty... Read more »
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... Read more »
In the 2012 Illini spring game, they seemed to have the same exact issue that they have during the final seven games of 2011- throwing the ball forward. Perhaps part of the spring scrimmage m.o. was to hold back that part of the offense, but then again it’s a preseason exhibition why wouldn’t you let... Read more »
On a night when a couple Illinois football players were moving on to the next level, a new high profile playmaker was coming to them. On NFL Draft night (round one) Whitney Mercilus was selected by the Houston Texans and AJ Jenkins by the San Francisco 49ers. So you might have missed this story. According... Read more »