The Illinois Coaching Staff

#176      
Working From Home
Absolutely love this
Black Panther Movie GIF


Welcome home, Black Cat.
 
#177      
the ole ball coach
him catching that scUM player from being10 yards back is one of my all time favorite plays.

the fact we then held them on 4 downs from the 1, was , well, AWESOME AS WELL !!

some of these personnel moves are so awesome and obvious, one wonders what Lovie & Co were thinking ?
 
#179      
Bielema is displaying a level of intention, detail, and savvy the likes of which Illinois football hasn’t seen in decades. Love this move.
 
#185      
Champaign
him catching that scUM player from being10 yards back is one of my all time favorite plays.

the fact we then held them on 4 downs from the 1, was , well, AWESOME AS WELL !!

some of these personnel moves are so awesome and obvious, one wonders what Lovie & Co were thinking ?

I was in Block I endzone for that game and we were going absolutely bananas! I still remeber the guys in the front with the Fire Zook sign who changed it to hire Zook after the game.
 
#186      
Evansville, IN
Welcome back, Black Cat!

Loved watching him zip and dance through Metro defenses for years. He inspired underclassmen (and probably upperclassmen, haha) to copy his game and effort and I was thrilled when he chose to stay home for college. I will NEVER forget his play against Michigan that started the goal line stand to end all others.

His name and leadership resonate. I'm biased, but see this as a fantastic choice. Go Illini!
 
#190      
Welcome back, Black Cat!

Loved watching him zip and dance through Metro defenses for years. He inspired underclassmen (and probably upperclassmen, haha) to copy his game and effort and I was thrilled when he chose to stay home for college. I will NEVER forget his play against Michigan that started the goal line stand to end all others.

His name and leadership resonate. I'm biased, but see this as a fantastic choice. Go Illini!
Had the pleasure to work with him for a year. Represents the University Well! Thrilled to have him back! Cant hurt recruiting in that area.
 
#195      
Illinois can't recruit ESL for 2 years.
How does that work? Like hypothetically if a kid there is interested in Illinois, if he initiates the contact, is that allowed? Are official visits illegal for their players? Are our coaches not allowed to go to their games or school? I guess I'm confused on what exactly "can't recruit ESL" means. Also, is there no gray area in that rule? Hawthorne was not the head coach and was only there a couple years in an assistant capacity, not like he's running the program.
 
#198      
BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
Can someone explain the difference between the Director of Illinois High School Relations and Hawthorne's job?
It's confusing as all get out. Here's a starting point:

Hawthorne has an essential role in cultivating relationships with the Fighting Illini’s high school recruits and high school coaches. He evaluates high school student-athletes and assists in the transition of student-athletes from high school to college. Hawthorne also works alongside the Illinois Athletics Varsity “I” Association and fellow Illini football alum Kevin Mitchell to provide alumni outreach for the Fighting Illini football program.

That's how Hawthorne's job responsibilities are described on our website. Now we just need to wait for Pat Ryan's page to be added.
 
#199      
Decatur, IL
I'm just guessing but it seems to me like the same role. I think coach B is really hammering home the in-state recruiting. Seems like Ryan will have better coach connections while Terry will be more involved with connecting to the players. We need all the help we can get in state. I like the hire.