Postscript, Iowa

The existence of Lovie Smith, Illinois Head Coach is beginning to become something of a mystery. By virtue, especially in this day and age, football coaches are specialized to the point that they aren't responsible for every facet of the operation.

Buy-In

Above anything else, I believe that this is the crisis facing Illinois football right now. To win, and to win consistently, a head coach needs buy-in. From his players, of course, but also from everyone around the program. The fans, high school coaches

The American Way

Here's all I can do. This is the only thing I can write. When, in the 35th game of a head coach, you lose 63-0, there are no postgame posts to write. There's no analysis to be made. All I can do is let Austin Roberts talk about the University we love

SOC - Iowa

This late in a season, I'm always looking for comps. Does this feel like 2014, when we were 4-6 and had given up on a bowl before two shocking victories, or does this feel like 2009, where we beat Minnesota in early November and started to think "you

Fighting Illini Upcoming Schedule

Those Were The Days - Iowa

This week, back to 1994. The most exciting (and frustrating) Illini football season of my lifetime. I can quote it like it was yesterday: five losses by 19 total points. A play here or there from an unexpected 10-1 season, yet 6-5. Kind of like Iowa

Craig has the Scout - Iowa 2018

Coming Up

Who: Iowa Hawkeyes

When: 2:30 pm - November 17, 2018

Where: Home Sweet Home

How: BTN

Opponent Primer:

Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz. Another year, another Kirk Ferentz matchup for the Illini. Ferentz is in his

That Old Familiar Feeling

With about eight minutes left, I started to think about tonight's drive back to St. Louis. I let myself think about what one of these drives would be like after an exciting win. Put on a favorite album, maybe even sing a little bit in the car. And then

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Moses Okpala

I always say this but I'll say it again. I HATE when these LLUOI posts are hanging out there unfinished. I sometimes daydream about what it would be like to not have a real job - 40-50 hours every week where I could write and write. But, after struggling

Postscript, Nebraska

If Illinois went to Lincoln on Saturday, put their best foot forward and got run off the field, I'd have been OK with that.

If Adrian Martinez ran roughshod over them, and an experienced, better defensive front seven shut down the Illini rushing attack

Frustration

How many times have I written a "this is just so frustrating" post? 25 times? And now I'm supposed to write it a 26th time? Interceptions, fumbles, muffed punts (two!), drops, a blocked punt, and a fairly balanced game becomes a blowout. This is just

SOC - Nebraska

This one is a tough one. Mostly because of trust. A prediction for this game basically comes down to one thing: do you trust the Illini defense to show the same improvement from last week? Do you trust the offense to put up big runs every game? If you

Craig has the Scout - Nebraska 2018

Coming Up

Who: Nebraska Cornhuskers

When: 11:00 am - November 10th, 2018

Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE

How: BTN

Opponent Primer:

Head Coach: Scott Frost. Nebraska native and a former Cornhusker, Frost is back

What It Should Look Like - The Basketball Edition

Just 11 seconds into the game Kipper Nichols officially christened the 2018-19 Illinois basketball season with an emphatic dunk off a perfect Trent Frazier lob. It only got better from there. The Illini steamrolled to a 31 point halftime lead and cruised

2018-2019 Basketball Season Preview

Basketball season is here. What used to begin in December (first Illini basketball game of the season 25 years ago: LaSalle on December 1st) now begins in early November. The Illini have two early November games (Evansville this week and Georgetown

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