Cal 35, Illinois 20 POSTGAME

#51
Refs were fairly frustrating, but likely didn't affect the outcome of the game. Really really hope the staff can find a pass rusher in the transfer portal for next year.

Fun to watch Illinois football in December, really hope to see the next leap forward in 2020.
it did have some impact the lack of a pass rush had a lot to do with the way the lack of holding being called...the fumble not reviewed at the end...some weak pass interference calls that extended their drives.
 
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#52
Maybe, but that call seemed pretty far out of our staple of plays.
When the defense is biting down and your outside WRs are players who would, under normal circumstances, never see the field you have to get a little creative. This wasn’t all that wild either. It’s just an option out to try and get Dre a little room. It ended up in a loss because Cal called strong side edge and gap pressure. It’s Brandon’s responsibility to get to the line, recognize the attack and adjust accordingly. Assuming he didn’t have a check play there (He may have but that’s unknown to me), he needs to get the TO. For some reason, he ran it. Not a good decision.
 
#54
When the defense is biting down and your outside WRs are players who would, under normal circumstances, never see the field you have to get a little creative. This wasn’t all that wild either. It’s just an option out to try and get Dre a little room. It ended up in a loss because Cal called strong side edge and gap pressure. It’s Brandon’s responsibility to get to the line, recognize the attack and adjust accordingly. Assuming he didn’t have a check play there (He may have but that’s unknown to me), he needs to get the TO. For some reason, he ran it. Not a good decision.
Thanks for the analysis as usual.
 
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#55
Aurora, IL
The defensive coaching staff is catching an oven’s worth of heat for today’s performance (And foe good reason) but they had the right call at the right time for Dele Harding to be in position to make 4-5 very important plays and he didn’t make them. One of those kind of days.
You mean like a critical fumble recovery after an Isaiah Gay forced fumble? SMH...
 
#58
No. There were some 50/50 calls that didn’t go our way but I thought fans were overblowing it as we tend to do. Cal was the better team.
You are wrong...yes there were "some" 50/50 calls but there were a lot of calls that were plain penalties that weren't called like a lot of holding calls, fumble, and that target call was b.s.
 
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#60
Aurora, IL
Nothing we can do about that, control what you can control. And Dele had a lot that he could/should have controlled today but didn’t.

Tough day for the kid but doesn’t take anything from what he did this season or what he meant to this team. I won’t forget him.
Something we can all aspire to - The Twangers Illinois Loyalty Hall of "Not Forgotten"
 
#61
Wait, one minute. Did you just say that SEC/FBS officiating crews make good money? That’s sarcasm, right?
Are you saying that Im saying they are getting paid under the table? I’m not saying that. I know you’re joking if you’re saying that. I’m legitimately saying they are paid well by the NCAA and the conference they officiate in. So EARN it!
 
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#64
Something we can all aspire to - The Twangers Illinois Loyalty Hall of "Not Forgotten"
He joins an induction class of James McCourt and Matt Millen, if only for his uncanny ability to refer to Nate Stanley by the names of multiple HOF NFL QBs.
 
#65
Two things I'm thinking about...
1. Lovie is a big picture, macro kind of guy. I don't think he's overly upset about losing this game because, in the big picture long term, it doesn't matter much. His goal was to get to a bowl game this year... which he did. Next year, the next step is to win a bowl game or play in a better one... which he'll do.
2. The refs didn't decide this game. But they certainly influenced it. The Eifler call was poor in my opinion, and the pendulum of momentum was tweaked because of it. That was one of a few pivotal calls.

Either way... the Illini didn't over achieve or under achieve this year. They gave fans some moments of jubilation and some moments of frustration. On to next year.
 
#66
Ordained Dudeist Priest
Johns Creek, GA
Ugh...they absolutely are not.
The info I have gives a median salary of $61k/year. Spread out across 14 weeks, plus bowl games (which I'm assuming gets extra pay), that's not bad. I know they've got training, meetings, etc. but that's not bad coin for what is far from a full-time job.
Compared to the NFL, it's low, but these guys aren't sacrificing.
 
#67
The info I have gives a median salary of $61k/year. Spread out across 14 weeks, plus bowl games (which I'm assuming gets extra pay), that's not bad. I know they've got training, meetings, etc. but that's not bad coin for what is far from a full-time job.
Compared to the NFL, it's low, but these guys aren't sacrificing.
That’s not what they make. I can tell you for fact that the highest rated crews in both the SEC and the Big 12 make $2400-2800 per game and they typically guarantee them 10.
 
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#68
A huge THANKS to the Seniors. 4/5 years of very hard work, contributing to this turnaround.

Very glad for the kids to make it to a bowl game. Tastes great for sure.
Seconded (or however manied). These guys have been through a lot, and should take pride in helping this team make a crucial step forward.

Twangers knows a lot more about football in general and Illini football in particular, than I do, and he's giddy about our future. I like the sound of that!
 
#70
That’s not what they make. I can tell you for fact that the highest rated crews in both the SEC and the Big 12 make $2400-2800 per game and they typically guarantee them 10.
Still too much for how bad they are. UGH INDEED!
 
#71
Chicago, IL
Can someone verify the Peters eligibility please? He did 3 years at Michigan and 2 of play (of the "you get 5 to play 4"). Does he get another year here? Will he take it?
 
#73
The info I found says median salary for NCAA ref if $57,000. The top range is $314,000. Where are you getting these paltry figures twanger?
 
#75
The info I found says median salary for NCAA ref if $57,000. The top range is $314,000. Where are you getting these paltry figures twanger?
The SEC releases theirs and I know the Big 12s.

We don’t need to derail the thread any further but the point is that NCAA officials are paid about the equivalent of a part time Uber driver, which is why we constantly complain about the quality. It’s hard to find people willing to work a tough job, that requires a significant time commitment with multiple layers of certification for low end compensation. Anyone with a decent eye that wants to make the game a profession doesn’t choose to officiate.