Recent content by ChiefGritty

  1. ChiefGritty

    Illini Football 2019

    New coach though, and they rank 101st in the country in returning production. (We're 16th FWIW, that's where all of my optimism comes from) Their Vegas over/under for wins is 3.5, which is second to last in the MAC. Vegas hates Akron, which means that if we're only a two touchdown favorite at...
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    Illini Football 2019

    Hoochie mama, Vegas is not feeling us. Akron is terrible.
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    Illini Football 2019

    Which is why advanced stats are so useful. A tempo team running a ton of plays in a lot of games where it's way behind is going to rack up a lot of yards. That's not the question. The question is efficiency, situational efficiency particularly. (And by the way, by the same token, the defense...
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    Illini Football 2019

    I find it hard to see an offense good enough to make Rod Smith look like a viable HC candidate on a team bad enough to make us want to fire Lovie. But frankly not impossible given Lovie taking over DC duties himself. If the defense remains the complete mess it was last year, but Isaiah Williams...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    You do whatever works for your situation.
  6. ChiefGritty

    Illini Football 2019

    If we're good enough to beat down Michigan, find me the seven losses on the schedule. As I said, "no bowl but actually good" scenarios are extremely far-fetched.
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    Illini Football 2019

    We don't have to. That's the beauty part of the two-year extension last offseason when everyone knew he wasn't getting fired anyway. Added nothing to the buyout and gave us a chance to "wait and see" if this season meets the bare minimum of a bowl game. My honest opinion on where Illinois...
  8. ChiefGritty

    Illini Football 2019

    Fahey doesn't matter (she's also literally in the Hall of Fame). Underwood was a very good hire who may yet succeed here. Lovie was a good hire too, but of course, the hire itself and the broader plan for the program very much reflected Whitman's status as a football guy and Whitman's vision of...
  9. ChiefGritty

    Illini Football 2019

    Can confirm. I think there is room to criticize Whitman regarding Lovie, but the hope is that he learns from the experience, both what went well and what didn't, and can build on that whether Lovie stays or goes. In general I think the concept of "this hire was bad, therefore the AD must be...
  10. ChiefGritty

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    On the topic of Creaning I feel compelled to point out the obvious point which is that we have an open scholarship.
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    Illini Football 2019

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    Illini Football 2019

    He hired his own kid! Gill Byrd is still here. Liggy Stardust is still here. With the resources he was given initially, the composition of the coaching staff going into Year 4 is a damning indictment of Lovie, there are no two ways about it. Do you know how many of our 11-man staff have been...
  13. ChiefGritty

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I will say, I was perusing one of those "Too Early Top 25" articles on ESPN or somewhere, and I was struck by how often transfers were mentioned as critical additions for the big teams. I remain convinced that resisting the waiver wire is the path for smart teams looking to build in football...
  14. ChiefGritty

    Illini Football 2019

    Here's the problem. The situation was bad, something no one has ever denied. And was made particularly tricky by the late hire which meant that Lovie's "first class" was a particularly weak group that he had no hand in recruiting. The frustration is, what a lot of folks are obviously doing is...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Lol WELP