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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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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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Eddie McGee To Be Backup Behind Nathan Scheelhaase

Illinois no longer has to be in constant fear about the lack of experience at the QB position. Coach Ron Zook confirmed Tuesday that Eddie McGee will be backup QB next season to Nathan Scheelhaase in case of an emergency. "If something happens, absolutely,'' Zook said. Nathan Scheelhaase was projected to be the backup quarterback this season but acquired the starting spot after an impressive showing during ...

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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 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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