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    Illini Football 2019

    No one will give that guarantee, and teams would be wary of someone who expects to play no matter what. I think most of it is that these are the kinds of decisions that affext your life for the near future and absolutely shouldn't be rushed.
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    Giving him an extension basically buys recruits. If you don't commit to Lovie, how can he sit in peoples' living rooms and convince kids to play for a coach on his way out.
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    If Kliff and Fedora couldn't cut it at UNC or TTU it's laughable to think they'd just turn Illinois around in a snap.
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    Honestly, I think like a lot of formerly iconic programs, USC is doing everything they can to undo their legacy. I think it's hilarious that programs think they can just hire a coach and find instant success. Maybe Lovie's program isn't where we want it to be, but I think the carousel is...
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    So what's the status of meme option coaches? Still no? Jeff Monken.... :LOL:
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    Week 10 Games

    NIU is quietly putting together a pretty good year despite a brutal OOC slate.
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    While the fans can help winning is still the highest impact. Out of area fans are more likely to make the trips if the team is more likely to win.
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    The health concerns explanation is good enough for me. The world of football is rough.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Purdue, Saturday, October 13th, 2:30pm CT, FS1

    Yeah talent wise I agree. I guess tempo wise I don't think we need to be blazing fast... I'd actually like to slow downthe pace a little andkeep our backs fresh. If this game turns into a shoot out or we have to claw our way back in because we couldn't keep Purdue off the field I don't like...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Purdue, Saturday, October 13th, 2:30pm CT, FS1

    Would like to see Bonner get more carries this game. We need to establish success in the interior run game and keep the Purdue QB on the sideline.
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    Bowl Games 2017-18

    Technically speaking expanding to 8 teams still wouldve left out UCF, and they should've been in. Totally behind them declaring this a Championship season. Mostly because I think a lot about CFB should change.
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    Bowl Games 2017-18

    This has been a rollercoaster year for Navy but both Ken N(not even gonna try to spell it) and Jeff Monken have turned Army and Navy into strong programs. It has been great for College Football, imo.
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    Illinois Coaching Staff Search

    This has been his downfall for years. When you play a bend but don't break defense, you need to compliment it with an explosive offense, or at the very least a very ball control based offense.
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    Coaching Carousel

    I'm just personally not a fan of the Petrino style of offense. I know we had some success with Paul running the offense back in the Scheelhaase days but I just don't like it philosophically it is far too multiple for me and seems like it just relies on good players being good. When I watch...
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    AD Whitman talks Lovie Smith

    That's fair. I guess it kind of felt more like we couldn't play to the strengths our offense should have had.
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    AD Whitman talks Lovie Smith

    I get the skepticism from fans, and I think Rutgers was at the lowest I've ever been as an Illini fan. But I think Lovie is theman for the job. The team has shown flashes but I think coach Mcgee has just looked lost at times. I don't know if there needs to be a change but we were just very...
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    Illinois 24, Ball State 21 POSTGAME

    I am extremely happy with this win and think that this game was better for the freshman than a blow out victory wuld have been because no team, certainly not the Illini, will have the advantage in ever game. I also just think Ball State is a better team than peoppe realize and at the very...
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    The Illinois AD Search

    I don't read his hidden behind the paywall stuff but Werner is a fantastic follow on Twitter in my opinion. He's very honest and pretty much have a hard time disagreeing with any of his tweets regarding the program.
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    Transfers Thread

    There's worse fates I suppose. Really hoping the transfer list is short but I wish all players the best of luck regardless. Can't say it doesn't hurt though, even if Foster didn't see a ton of play.
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    Transfers Thread

    Illinois is a Bask... Foot... Baseba... Academic School.
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    Bill Cubit gets 2-year deal as Illinois Head Football Coach

    I like Cubit, but what exactly did anyone see that made him worth extending? He has been utterly unable to adapt the offense or exploit mismatches. I get that drops happen but this being a problem from week1 to week 13 is pretty much a clear sign that this should nor have happened. Injuries...
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    Bill Cubit gets 2-year deal as Illinois Head Football Coach

    Best case scenario of this hire is our new coach in 2017 goes 3-9 instead of 2-10 because Cubit didn't leave the cupboard completely empty.
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Kent State

    Taylor Barton has been having a great game. Awesome.
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    Pregame 1: Illinois vs Kent State, Friday, September 4th, 8:00pm CT, BTN

    My prediction, 24-7. We're in a unique situation and it will affect us. Think it will be a game that looks close in score but we athletically dominate the game but struggle a little bit. More than anything I just want to know where the team is at. I dont expect them to be 100%. Is it Friday...
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    Pregame 1: Illinois vs Kent State, Friday, September 4th, 8:00pm CT, BTN

    I think I get this game on TV. But if not most sports bars should have this game on right since it's what, one of three games? Edit: Nevermind, just realized its BTN, duh. Staying in for this one.