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With a step up in competition against Cincinnati, the Illinois defense will need to improve

With the 42-34 victory against Southern Illinois, the Fighting Illini are only one win away from matching their win total from 2012. Not impressed?—you shouldn’t be. Illinois players and coaches have stressed since the game that a win is a win, no matter how ugly. The Illini have started the season 2-0 only two times in the past eight years—so no win should be taken lightly. Still, Illinois will need to uti ...

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The Fighting Illini hold onto a 42-34 win against Southern Illinois and snap a nine-game losing streak

The Illini probably wished their season opener against Southern Illinois would’ve ended at half time. After leading 25-7 at the half, the Illini fought off a feisty Saluki comeback to hold onto the 42-34 victory. After trailing 7-3 after the first quarter, under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, the Illinois offense came alive in the second. In the Illini’s second drive of the quarter senior quarterback ...

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After hitting rock bottom, the only direction for Illinois is up

Success is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a favorable or desired outcome.” No matter how you define success, going 2-10 and failing to secure a Big ten win for the first time since 2005 is anything but successful for the Fighting Illini football team. Nobody understands that more than second year Illini coach Tim Beckman. After leaving Toledo and inheriting an Illinois team that owned back to bac ...

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Interview: Former Illini/Chicago Slaughter QB Juice Williams

I had the pleasure of talking to former University of Illinois and current Chicago Slaughter QB Isiah "Juice" Williams. Juice Williams was the quarterback at Illinois for four seasons. Now he is the QB of the Chicago Slaughter, which is an arena football team, part of the Indoor Football League. I asked Juice a few questions about his time at Illinois and his current state with the Slaughter. Pat: Going int ...

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Thoughts Going into Camp Rantoul (Schedule Included)

As Camp Rantoul quickly approaches next Monday, Illinois fans continue to get more and more anxious. There are many questions to be answered as a completely rejuvenated staff aims to turn around a program that has made a disgrace of itself over the past two seasons. Coach Ron Zook is hoping that with the returning talent and new acquisitions, the Illini can turn their program around for good as he sits on t ...

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Big Ten Media Day: Ron Zook Offers Hope, Encouragement

When Big Ten Media Day comes upon us, it means one thing—college football season is right around the corner. And for Ron Zook and the Fighting Illini, it means many questions are soon to be answered. A team with a refurbished staff, a loss of many star players, and a head coach on the “hot seat” will have many obstacles to overcome in the upcoming year after last season’s disaster. In Illinois’ 2009 campaig ...

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Illinois Lands Joliet Catholic Running Back Josh Ferguson

Josh Ferguson, a senior running back from Joliet Catholic, has committed to the University of Illinois. Ferguson, who is 5’8, 169 pounds, is the 23-ranked player in the state of Illinois and is among the best running backs in the state. During his junior year, he rushed for 1,596 yards and 20 touchdowns on 178 carries, averaging 10 yards per rush. He had an outstanding 5A State Championship game, rushing fo ...

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Illinois Football: Chip Long To Be Named TE Coach

The search for a new TE coach to replace Greg Nord is officially complete. Chip Long, a graduate assistant specializing in tight ends at Arkansas under head coach Bobby Petrino, has accepted the vacancy and will be coaching along side Illinois head coach Ron Zook. He will also be teaming up with former Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, who accepted the offensive coordinator position at Illinois l ...

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Illinois Football: Search For New TE Coach Continues

Last Friday, it was announced that Greg Nord, the TE coach and recruiting coordinator, would be leaving the University of Illinois for Kentucky—his alma mater. "We understand the allure of going home," Zook said. "We wish him well and we're moving forward." Nord was Illinois’ TE coach for only six months, but decided it was best for him to leave and is now expected to take over as the TE coach at Kentucky. ...

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University Of Illinois Gets Verbal From Quarterback Reilly O’Toole

Ron Zook made it clear once Jacob Charest left, that it would leave the door open for them to go after one or two more quarterbacks during the recruiting process this year. He followed through with that statement—Illinois got a solid verbal from Warrenville South quarterback, Reilly O’Toole. "I visited there many times, talked to the coaches a lot before making my decision and just being down there I feel r ...

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