I never got the harping on this ... everyone wants that, and it should be first priority, but this could be a nice gimmick for people to see Illinois in a national spotlight. I don’t think you schedule this game with the mindset, “We’re 2-4 and hopeless (both true), you have to schedule it with the mindset that our replacement for Lovie - a diamond in the rough boy wonder from the MAC that we got epically lucky on - had a surprisingly promising first year and has some nice recruits coming in and this game might be his program’s coming out party.I have this other hare-brained scheme for DIA money-making. Lean in a bit, because I don't want just anyone to be able to hear it.
Here it is.
Field a winning team.
IMO there has to be another shoe to drop. We've got to be getting something in exchange for this from the B1G or someone else. No way Whitman would do this as a one-off. He cancelled the Soldier Field game against Northwestern; this is an even bigger version of that mess.We're taking one for the team (BIG). Sucks bigly, IMO.
You know you don't have to be Irish to go to Ireland, right?I'm thinking this go over like a lead balloon on the Nebraska side also... unless there is a large Irish heritage there that I am otherwise unaware of. This is just odd. Now we can play in front of a 1/2 full stadium & get wrecked on another continent.
How would you feel if you paid $60k/yr. for a luxury box?This was originally a home Illinois game on Nov. 13th 2021.
So, like in 2018 with the week 3 USF game, Illinois has yet again under AD Whitman given up a potentially great game at home.
With Illinois Football, the best way to boost the excitement around this program is to have great moments at home. A fun week of buildup to a huge home game, followed by (I know, I know, bear with me here) a great outcome. In order to achieve this, you just need to keep the schedule simple, nothing fancy.
I don't agree with moving potentially great home games away from home. Illinois Football doesn't need to be involved in silly gimmicky overseas promotions. Go Illini
Note that Moos didn't give up a home game. They'd have run him out of Lincoln.Just like his hero, St. Guenther, Josh Wonder Boy Whitman is giving up a home game to play in a "neutral" site. What a joke. 6 home games in 2021, two of the first three games that season are on the road. The Champaign Chamber of Commerce should burn down the DIA.
Here is what I have heard from DIA sources.IMO there has to be another shoe to drop. We've got to be getting something in exchange for this from the B1G or someone else. No way Whitman would do this as a one-off. He cancelled the Soldier Field game against Northwestern; this is an even bigger version of that mess.