Illini Football 2021

#126      
the ole ball coach
Milford
with the goal posts for normalcy being moved all the time , I would be ecstatic if this coming falls football season is even close to normal .

right now , I don’t think there is much of a chance of fans & media being allowed anywhere close to coaches & players until mid - late summer .
 
#128      
with the goal posts for normalcy being moved all the time , I would be ecstatic if this coming falls football season is even close to normal .

right now , I don’t think there is much of a chance of fans & media being allowed anywhere close to coaches & players until mid - late summer .
I don't see the difficulty of having every Saturday practice this spring, in the stadium, and allowing the media to view them from the press box.
 
#129      
When will Illinois Athletics announce Spring Schedule?

I also assume that Blue & Orange game will be back now with Bielema's old school tradition based approach?

So far, it looks like the boys are grinding in their winter workouts with Coach Tank.
 
#133      
the ole ball coach
Milford
kind of strange how that 5* LB from bama hasn’t done much in college . at that position, you just don’t think you could be misevaluated .

pretty sure we could use him though . 3rd team at Bama is usually still pretty good
 
#134      
Forgottonia
kind of strange how that 5* LB from bama hasn’t done much in college . at that position, you just don’t think you could be misevaluated .

pretty sure we could use him though . 3rd team at Bama is usually still pretty good
I thought the same thing. How do you go from the #5 recruit in the nation to sitting on the bench? He must have had some mighty impressive HS stats, so what happened?
 
#141      
Admin
Updated schedule-

Sat, Aug 28____Nebraska
Sat, Sept 4____UTSA
Sat, Sept 11___at Virginia
Sat, Sept 18___Maryland
Sat, Sept 25___at Purdue
Sat, Oct 2_____Charlotte
Sat, Oct 9_____Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 16____---bye---
Sat, Oct 23____at Penn State
Sat, Oct 30____Rutgers
Sat, Nov 6_____at Minnesota
Sat, Nov 13____---bye---
Sat, Nov 20____at Iowa
Sat, Nov 27____Northwestern
 
#142      

Smart move in my opinion. Hopefully the team gets the chance to go to Ireland eventually, though.
Good move.

If Illinois must give up a home date for going to Dublin, try it again in 2023 or 2025. If Nebraska wants to give up a home date, I'm fine with that.

Not a fan of neutral site games. Less of a fan of overseas neutral site games.
 
#143      
the ole ball coach
Milford
many of us , including myself, thought it was simply ridiculous that the BigTen HQ couldnt have announced this about 2-3 weeks when the revised schedule came out. IF, and thats a BIG IF , we were at the point we are now health wise, 6 months ago, then maybe a trip overseas would be possible this Sept. But we are so far away from that right now, the league was just not being realisitic. Maybe there were contractual items that needed to be resolved with the other parties/govt units over there , but we all knew this was not possible this summer/fall.

I can tell you , with just about certainty, BB did not want this extra stuff to deal with for his first game.
 
#146      
Illinois
good for him ! 68 years old .

we will never forget 2007. we thought he was Moses leading us out of the desert and to the promised land


sadly , we were wrong
He's a helluva recruiter tho and players luv him. I hope he coaches their special teams. SWING-ING-GATE SWING-ING-GATE
 
#147      

Smart move in my opinion. Hopefully the team gets the chance to go to Ireland eventually, though.
With us whipping them last season, at their place, with our former coaching staff, Nebraska has to be worried about playing us again next season, as they have to be assuming we will be improved under the new coaching staff. It's a nice feeling.
 
#148      
Chicago, IL
What do you guys think are the chances of having some amount of fans in the stands this fall? Or will we get a blanket no fans policy from the BIG again?
 
#149      
What do you guys think are the chances of having some amount of fans in the stands this fall? Or will we get a blanket no fans policy from the BIG again?
Hope and expect fans will be allowed, absent a major flare-up from alternate strains of the virus creating more havoc. Could see screening for negative test or vaccination.