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Illini Football / Re: No bowl game again this year
« Last post by UEACES80 on Today at 01:18:48 PM »
Of our better players numerous are transfers. I assume some of the lure could be playing for Lovie but likely more of it is come to UI and play in a P5 Conference and start immediately due to the lack of talent. Why the lack of talent well Lovie inherited a sparse cupboard but his recruiting hasn't been anything overly special.

I admit I was hopeful when he was hired thinking that his NFL experience in both StL and Chicago (nearby recruiting bases) would help draw lots of recruits to UIUC and while it may have helped somewhat it hasn't been nearly what most of us had hoped for.

I am really at a loss where they should turn if this year doesn't turn around. Is Rod Smith a possibility - could he do the job while at least hopefully keeping the offense intact?

A couple of names I would throw out are:

Mike Norvell (Memphis) he is 37 and Rod Carey (Temple formerly of NIU) he is 48

 
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Bears / Re: Superbowl?
« Last post by Hawk on Today at 09:56:34 AM »
This team doesn't need a kicker, it needs a quarterback!  sadly.


the 2017 draft will go down as maybe one of the worst franchise decision makings of all time, and as of now its the main reason this team wont be a contender.  Every time I see Mahomes stat line I wanna puke. How in the world a GM and scout team, could get it THAT wrong is beyond me. Mahomes is throwing 50 yard bombs with pin point accuracy, and then here we have Mitch, who can't even hit wide open receivers at 15-20 yards.  :nonono:
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Illini Football / Re: No bowl game again this year
« Last post by seanwins on September 15, 2019, 11:22:15 PM »
undisciplined play. we have been that way throughout Lovie's tenure. B1G season could be ugly if we don't take giant steps in performance.

Yep its the calling card for him and it was with the bears too its crazy how many penalties his teams commit.
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Illini Football / Re: No bowl game again this year
« Last post by obmtl on September 15, 2019, 01:52:39 PM »
undisciplined play. we have been that way throughout Lovie's tenure. B1G season could be ugly if we don't take giant steps in performance.
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Illini Football / No bowl game again this year
« Last post by circle70 on September 14, 2019, 07:43:50 PM »
This was a critical game if Illinois had any hopes at all for a bowl bid.  They needed to be 3-0 to start conference play.  Then they had to win 3 games---most likely among the weakest opponents on their B1G schedule.  Nebraska, Rutgers, Purdue, Minnesota and Northwestern would be those teams.

With Rutgers being the easiest opponent and pretty much a sure win, we just needed 2 more wins.  It ain't gonna happen.

Playing crappy football in winning against a horrid UConn team and then losing to a MAC team at home, showed me that this team still has a long way to go. 

I'm convinced that Lovie Smith will never get us there.  He needs to go after this year. 
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Bears / Re: Superbowl?
« Last post by Hawk on September 12, 2019, 11:53:08 AM »
Defense played well enough to win but the offense was embarrassing.

the secondary looked terrible dude, definitely not like last years.

I realize they didnt give up many points, but when it mattered( the touchdown and on 3rd downs) they came up short and allowed Rodgers to convert numerous times by  not getting pressure on him and or losing their coverage and allowing wide open receptions.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Kouma Signing Next Week
« Last post by TrentMusgrave on September 12, 2019, 10:08:50 AM »
so, he will be able to play immediately next year and have 3 years of eligibility left?
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Illini Basketball / Re: Kouma Signing Next Week
« Last post by chief321 on September 11, 2019, 02:01:27 PM »
He's going to a juco and coming in next year supposedly...that's the scoop I got. 
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Illini Basketball / Re: Kouma Signing Next Week
« Last post by UEACES80 on September 11, 2019, 12:20:23 PM »
Not coming - a non-qualifier per the NCAA.
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Bears / Re: Superbowl?
« Last post by Reaper on September 10, 2019, 07:29:33 PM »
Defense played well enough to win but the offense was embarrassing.
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