I have a lot of respect for Lovie as a Bears fan and what he did taking over a program that was left a smoldering wreck of off field issues by Beckman...but this is one of the most embarrassing things i've ever read. Does this guy even care anymore or is he just here collecting a paycheck for him and his son?Jeremy Werner@JWerner247
#illini Lovie: "We've been pretty good with penalties."
Illinois is the most penalized team in the Big Ten.
1:09 PM - Oct 12, 2019
See. Lovie just isn't getting the credit that he deserves. The Illini are leading the Big Ten in a category and all people do is complain.
Sure, they probably aren't very good, but they are beating the bad teams on their schedule. Meanwhile Illinois is still finding ways to lose non conference games that are supposed to be purchased automatic wins. PJ Fleck may be an annoying !!!! but Illinois would be 1000 times better having him at the helm.I’m anxious to see Minnesota play a good team. I think they are overrated right now, but your point stands.
Lovie is 2-1 against Chris Ash's Rutgers and 2-25 against everyone else. The two wins being that weird 3-9 Michigan State team where everything went wrong, and that one shining afternoon last year against Minnesota.Pretty stark numbers. And if we remove the Illinois Rutgers games from the analysis? Geez...
I feel sorry for these kids too. It's such a systemic problem and obviously not just a few bad players. Someone said earlier that mid season firing would make the kids think the school is giving up on them. I hope they don't view it that way. Whether they say it aloud or not, the players must know this isn't working out under the current management. They should embrace change at this pointWe crash and burn in a towering inferno because this team is simply not being taught, coached and enforced. Its a shame - I feel for the kids who put their trust in the adults in the room.
Is an actual gate count ever made available?
Not sure. That stat was a bit misleading. I looked back at the 2009 game when Illinois came in 1-6 and trounced Michigan unexpectedly. It listed attendance as a sold out stadium. Yeah right. There were maybe 35,000 people there that day. Fun game though. An even bigger laugh was seeing a reported 40k+ at the Fresno State game later that year (when a lineman for Fresno caught a batted ball for a 2 pointer to win it). There were maybe 15,000 people there. Pretty sad, and that season should have been the end of the Zook experiment, but Guenther decided to prolong it.Is an actual gate count ever made available?