Recent content by bluemountain

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    Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    White and Zook - yes Mackovic - no. However, he was a great coach who built a great staff, and that compensated for a pretty cold personality
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    Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    I don't think anyone is saying he spends zero time on it....they are saying he spends a minimal amount of time on it and isn't very good at it, when at a place like Illinois you need to spend a lot of time on it and be good at it. He could get away with it if he were Saban or if he was...
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    Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Lovie's had 5 years to prove he can't coach. The financial constraints are much lower than they would have been a year ago and without a change we will be dead in the water in terms of recruitng and attendance for another year. This will be his last year here
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    Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Well, he was able to provide employment for his son anyway
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    Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Ehhh, not sure about that. Lovie has many shortcomings, but the biggest IMO is that he does not surround himself with good people. His coaching staff is w/o question the worst in the Big 10, and that kills you in every aspect of coaching, from player development to game day decisions to...
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    Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Most important thing to look for in a hire is the HC's ability to hire and develop a good staff; not only asst coaches but also S&C, academic, etc. If HS players and coaches believe the players will be well coached and developed they are much more inclined to look favorably at the school. You...
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    Minnesota 41, Illinois 14 Postgame

    What? We went 11-13 the last two years before Lovie. After this year he will be 15-42 in 5 years. You call that a recovery?
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    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    More generally, it's the overall quality of the coaching. You just don't see players improve under this staff, and that definitely proves out when you look at how many players under Lovie have been drafted or even got free agent looks
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    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Given that we have "stabilized" at a lower level than we were at when the "stabilize guy" started, I'd say you are correct
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    Wisconsin 45, Illinois 7 Postgame

    Going into the year I predicted we would go 2-8; looks as though I was 2 wins too high.
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    Week 6 Games

    Based on what I've seen, there is no team that can play within 2 TD's of Clemson when they are on their game. OSU may be in their class, so can't wait for their games to get started
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    Illini Football 2020

    If we had NW's or Iowa's or Wisconsin's coaching staff I'd probably agree with you
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    Illini Football 2020

    I want to be optimistic, but I see 2-7; we beat RU and either PU or NW, with a chance we win or lose both. Not sure where the other W's come from outside catching some really lucky breaks - Unfortunately we probably used them up last year during the UW and MSU games
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    Big Ten Cancels Fall Football (CFB Thread)

    The old politburo would have been proud of the lack of transparency and the limited input given to anyone outside a very small circle of like minded people.
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    Illini Football & CFB 2020

    2-8 seems about right....it will take a lot for us to win more than 3