2017 Illinois vs Ball State

Posted on August 30, 2017. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , |

Illini host MAC’s Ball State in opener

September 1, 2017

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Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time:12:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
Network: BTN


Illinois, there’s no reason to not start out hot. Or is there? Time for week one actions….

Illinois is (1-0) all-time against the Ball State Cardinals. There last (and only) meeting was in 2007, Illinois won 28-17 at Memorial Stadium. Ball State is (3-36-1) against teams in the Big Ten. All three wins have come against the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington -or- Indianapolis.

Not to start the season being over confident about the Illini or to appear condescending, but we all know there’s still work to be done on an inconsistent offense from last season, and the defense that needs fine tuning.

This week, Mike Neu’s Ball State Cardinals will travel to Champaign to open their season with the Fighting Illini. The MAC West’s worst team a year ago, Ball State comes into the 2017 campaign after posting a 4-8 record last season. While that’s not anything to brag about, it should be noted that 4 of the 8 losses the Cardinals had were by 7 points or less (2 were by 3 points or less).

The Ball State offense creates big holes to roll through, and that’s not a plus for an Illinois defense needing to overcome the loss of all four starters up front. They can flat out run the football and having a quarterback as mobile as Riley Neal makes that an easier feat to overcome. Neal was the third best rushing QB in the MAC, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, totaling 543 yards, and scoring 8 touchdowns. In the backfield is James Gilbert, who ran for 1332 yards (3rd in MAC) averaging 5.3 yards per carry (8th in MAC) and 12 touchdowns (T1st in MAC) in 2016. If there’s one thing that Illinois needs to defend against on Saturday, it’s the run.

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On contrast, Illinois did not defend against the run well last season. Ranked 103rd in the nation in average rushing yards surrendered (219.2 yds/g), Ball State’s experienced rushing attack will cause some problems for the Illini on Saturday. The good news though, is that Illinois has a new JUCO transfer starting at linebacker in Del’Shawn Phillips. We will see how Hardy Nickerson will have his defense prepared to handle the Cardinal run-game…

In short, the Illini must win this opener against Ball State but as we know, it will not be easy. The Cardinals will be a tough competitor who will not lay down and surrender. With Western Kentucky and a trip to South Florida up next, nothing is given to this Illini team and they must show up and play four quarters.

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2016 Illinois Satellite Camps

Posted on May 31, 2016. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2016 NCAA Satellite Football Camps

May 26, 2016

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After the NCAA recent ruling approving satellite football camps, lots of them are popping up. In short, the Division I Board of Directors rescinded a rule prohibiting Football Bowl Subdivision coaches from holding or working at camps and clinics away from their school. The new camps and clinics rule was adopted earlier this month by the members of the Division I Council who represent FBS conferences. With weighted voting (two votes each for the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences and one vote for Conference-USA, the  American Athletic, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences), the final tally was 10-5.


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Historically, coaches used camps and clinics primarily to provide skill instruction to young people and generate revenue. Actual recruiting activities are prohibited at camps and clinics, and the events have not been subject to recruiting calendars. Over time, camps and clinics have increasingly been viewed as a recruiting tool. For more, click here.



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Here are a number of camps in our coverage area:

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football_icon_small1June 3 (5:00pm – 8:00pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #1 – Gately Stadium (Chicago, IL)
football_icon_small1June 4 (9:00am – 12:30pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #2 – Barrington HS (Barrington, IL)
football_icon_small1June 4 (5:00pm – 8:30pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #3 – Lincoln-Way East HS (Frankfort, IL)
football_icon_small1June 12 (12:00pm – 4:00pm): Showcase Camp #4 – Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL)
football_icon_small1June 12 (12:00pm – 4:00pm): Big Man Camp (Champaign, IL)
football_icon_small1June 15 (12:00pm – 3:00pm): Specialist Camp – Kickers, Punters, Long Snappers (Champaign IL)

football_icon_small1June 3, 5 & 6: High School One Day Camps
football_icon_small1June 9: Chicagoland Kicking Showcase
football_icon_small1 June 10 & 11: Chicagoland Showcases
football_icon_small1June 14-15: Youth Camp

football_icon_small1June 5th:
Camp at Gately Stadium in Chicago – 2-6pm
football_icon_small1June 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th and July 25th: (One Day Camp) at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb- 1-5pm
football_icon_small1June 10th, June 17th: (One Day Camp): Friday Night Lights One Day Camp –  at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb- 6-10pm
football_icon_small1June 11th, June 18th: BIG DOG LINEMEN CAMP at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb- 10am – 6pm

football_icon_small1June 3: SIU Coaches Clinic
football_icon_small1June 4: Nick Hill QB Camp
football_icon_small1June 6: Saluki Elite Camp at Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin
football_icon_small1June 7: Saluki Elite Camp
football_icon_small1June 18: Saluki Elite Camp at Lincoln-Way West HS
football_icon_small1July 14: Saluki Specialist Camp
football_icon_small1July 15: Saluki Big Dawg OL/DL Camp
football_icon_small1July 18: Saluki Elite Camp

football_icon_small1June 24: Prospect Camp held at Homewood-Flossmoor at 5p

IL State

football_icon_small1June 23 – 24: Early Bird Camp
football_icon_small1June 25, 27, 28, 29, July 5, & 7: 1 Day Camps
football_icon_small1June 30: OL/DL Camp
football_icon_small1July 6: Skill Camp
football_icon_small1July 7: Specialist Camp
football_icon_small1July 9: Saturday Night Smash

football_icon_small1June 3: Prospect Camp 3-9PM
football_icon_small1June 17: Prospect Camp 3-9PM
football_icon_small1July 16: Bolingbrook HS Prospect Camp 1-4PM
football_icon_small1July 18: Kicking Showcase Camp 10AM-2PM
football_icon_small1July 18: Big Man Camp OL/DL 3-7:30PM
football_icon_small1July 23: Prospect Camp 10AM-4PM

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football_icon_small1July 22: Panther Football Camp

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Illini win game one

Posted on September 13, 2013. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Illini get the season rolling with a victory 42-34

August 31, 2013

CHAMPAIGN — Nathan Scheelhaase got things started a\early and that was enough for the teams first win of the season, Saturday’s 42-34  over visiting Southern Illinois.  He also threw for a career-high 416 passing yards under the revamped offense and his performance was enough to avoid a late charge from the Salukis.

“The biggest thing is just feeling excited about a win,” said Scheelhaase, who completed 28 of 36 passes with two touchdowns as Illinois broke a nine-game skid. “To be able to come out feeling good about what happened, that’s the biggest thing rather than how many yards we threw for.”

Saturday’s game actually wasn’t decided until SIU quarterback Kory Faulkner sailed a pass from the 3 too high for tight end Adam Fuehner in the end zone on the final play. The Salukis nearly overcame a 22-point, late third-quarter deficit and could have forced overtime.


V’Angelo Bentley’s school record-tying 100-yard kickoff return for a score in the third quarter along with Josh Ferguson’s 53-yard yard touchdown catch off a screen pass in the second were two big plays the Illini sorely needed to avoid embarrassment. One could imagine the fallout had the Illini found a way to lose, particularly with second-year coach Tim Beckman already feeling heat after last season’s 2-10 record.

“Although it was not the most glorious win, I was very proud of the way the team fought,” Beckman said. “There’s no question we have to make some strides.”

“We’re here to win. We’re here to score points,” Beckman said. “We’re here to do what we need to do to be successful.

“We might have thought that we’d take a knee and run out the (half). We ain’t doing that anymore. We’re here to win.”

The mentality around Illinois football obviously has changed and many people are looking forward to seeing more from them over the season.

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2012 Illinois takes on Indiana for homecoming

Posted on October 27, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will receive their first conference win?

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AmateurSports365.com) — As the subheading ask, well, it was Indiana defeating Illinois, 31-17, in front of 47,981 here at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This win gives Hoosiers their first victory in the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division and hopefully getting their season back on the right track.

“It was a good win; the guys played hard,” coach Kevin Wilson shared during post-game. “I don’t know if we played particularly well; the defense rallied up and played well down the stretch. We didn’t turn it over, just the one pick early.”

Fighting Illini gots things going offensively on their opening possession with an 8-play, 73 yard drive that ended with a 2 yard pass from junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to Eddie Viliunas (7-0).

Indiana answered on their second possession of the game with a 9 play, 75 yard drive ending with a 2-yard touchdown run by Stephen Houston tying the score 7-7. It is important to note that Mr. Houston has now scored in every contest so far for the Hoosiers, and a total of three times in the first half.

Scheelhaase (17 for 27, 176) gave the Illini back the lead (14-7) on an 8-play, 55-yard drive resulting in him running the ball in from 5 yards out in the second quarter.

Hoosiers tied the game (14-14) with 10:10 in the second quarter when Houston scored for the second time in the game on a 10-yard screen pass from Coffman. This scoring drive was setup by a 48-yard pass from Nate Sudfield to Cody Latimer.

Sudfeld took over as QB1 as starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched and this sparked the team as coach Wilson shared. “Yeah, (this move was) a little spark.”

Shortly after their second score, Indiana obtained their first lead (21-14) in the game when, Illinois senior, Tommy Davis, muffed a punt giving the Hoosiers the ball deep in their territory. Four plays later, Mr. Houston scored for the third time from 7 yards out, and with this score, they never looked back. The junior back finished the game 21 carries for 73 yards, plus 16 yards receiving.

The Hoosiers did everything they planned to do, including containing Illinois’ rushing attack and force the Illini to become one-dimensional. In addition, Hoosiers defense created two key turnovers.

Illini had chances, lots of them, but couldn’t capitalize, the way Indiana did on the afternoon. The Hoosiers final score came off of a 6 play, 60-yard drive in which Sudfield (10-15 for 107, 2 touchdowns) connected with Shane Wynn (31-17).

Indiana’s season started off very well with a pair of wins over non-conference foes Indiana State (24-17) and UMass (45-6), but since then it has continued to tailspin with now six consecutive losses. The Hoosiers’ four losses in league play have come in hard-fought battles against very good teams in Northwestern (44-29), Michigan State (31-27), Ohio State (52-49) and now Illinois (31-17). This makes their official Big Ten record 4-26 since the start of the 2008 season.

“We talked about how you want to get used to that feeling (of winning) and the best way to do that was to prepare and tonight we’re on a college campus and let’s try to be winning team,” coach Wilson added with perspective of the victory today. “We’ve been doing a lot of things right and it’s nice to get a Saturday scoreboard to go our way and we want a more of those.”

Saturday was homecoming for Illinois, but as Memorial Stadium emptied, the Hoosiers did all of the celebrating. The team gathered in the southeast corner of the stadium with a few dozen red-clad fans who likely shared the team’s relief in finally getting a win.

“Well, it’s Homecoming and I’m not used to being involved in losses,” said coach Tim Beckman after the game. “So I guess first and foremost, the game of football is played when you don’t turn the football over and you don’t beat yourself.”

This lose gives Illinois a five-game losing streak and they continue to spiral with multiple double-digit losses and today they suffered eight penalties for 81 yards, along with penalties, sacks and turnovers were costly. On a brighter note, the Illini had one of their best rushing days of the season with 196 yards, and had 23 first downs to Indiana’s 14.

“I was proud of the way we blocked on the perimeter and the way guys ran,” coach Beckman concluded.

Next for Indiana will host Iowa (November 3); Illinois will travel to Ohio State on the same day.


Illinois coach Tim Beckman “there’s not one play that loses a games and that’s what you teach these young men, it’s a number of plays.”

Illinois coach Tim Beckman has never faced the Hoosiers until not, while IU coach Kevin Wilson is 1-1 against the Illini.

Illinois has an all-time record is now 44-56-2 on Homecoming and is 4-3 all-time in Homecoming games against the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers have scored 24 or more points in each of their games this season, the first time they have pulled off that trick in school history.

IU is averaging 13.3 points more per game this season than it did last year (34.7 vs. 21.4).

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2012 Illinois vs. Indiana Football Pregame

Posted on October 25, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will receive their first conference win?

October 26, 2012

Illinois (2-5, 0-3) return to Memorial Stadum for the first time in four weeks to host the Indiana Hoosiers (2-5, 0-3) as part of the University of Illinois’ 102nd Homecoming celebration on Saturday (11 am CT, BTN). Illini have played 28 games after a bye in the modern era and are 11-17 in those contests.

A pair of teams still winless in the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division try to get their seasons back on the right track when the Illinois Fighting Illini host the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon. Indiana’s season started off very well with a pair of wins over non-conference foes Indiana State (24-17) and UMass (45-6), but since then it has gone into a tailspin with five consecutive losses. The Hoosiers’ three losses in league play have come in hard-fought battles against very good teams in Northwestern (44-29), Michigan State (31-27) and Ohio State (52-49). Still, they have gone just 3-25 against Big Ten opponents since the start of the 2008 season. On the other hand, Illinois is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, falling most recently to Michigan on Oct. 13, 45-0. Unlike the Hoosiers however, the Illini have not shown much promise in their games, with all five of their losses coming by 14 points or more. They have scored a pair of wins at Memorial Stadium, although they came against obviously inferior competition (24-7 versus Western Michigan, 44-0 versus Charleston Southern).

Indiana must contain Illinois’ rushing attack and force the Illini to become one-dimensional. That means doing a better job of bottling up the read-option play that is a staple of Illinois’ offense and not allowing the Illini to run off the big plays that were so devastating to the Hoosiers when they played Northwestern and Ohio State earlier this year. IU’s defense must create turnovers, and the Hoosiers can’t suffer through offensive brownouts in the fourth quarter. Indiana must be disciplined and limit its mistakes on both sides of the ball.

This week’s game marks the 70th meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Indiana Hoosiers. The Illini have won four of the last five against the Hoosiers and hold a 45-21-3 overall series advantage against IU. The Illini won last year’s meeting in Bloomington, 41-20, giving the Illini a 6-0 start to the season.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman has never faced the Hoosiers, while IU coach Kevin Wilson is 0-1 against the Illini.

The last two times the Hoosiers have come to Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, the Illini have put up 55 (2008) and 43 (2010) points in blowout victories.

QUESTIONABLE: Defensive end Tim Kynard (10/21, ankle), Kicker Nick Immekus (10/21, undisclosed), Tackle Corey Lewis (10/21, knee)

PROBABLE: Cornerback Terry Hawthorne (10/23, neck), Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (10/23, concussion)

OUT FOR THE SEASON: Defensive tackle Jake Howe (10/1, leg) and Linebacker Henry Dickinson (8/26, ankle/leg).

LB Chase Hoobler has returned to practice and could see playing time vs. Illinois this week. He last played in the first quarter in Week Two vs. UMass.

LB Jacarri Alexander has been banged up and missed last week’s game, but he is expected to be back this week.

The first homecoming celebrated on Illinois’ campus was on Oct. 15, 1910, which the Illini won 3-0 over Chicago. This year’s game against Indiana marks the Illini’s 102nd Homecoming.

Illinois has an all-time record of 44-55-2 on Homecoming.

This year will mark the seventh time overall and the second time in the last three years that the Illini have hosted Indiana on Homecoming. Illinois is 4-2 all-time in Homecoming games against the Hoosiers.

Oct. 23, 2010: Illinois 43, Indiana 13

Oct. 7, 2006: Indiana 34, Illinois 32

Oct. 25, 2002: Illinois 45, Indiana 14

Oct. 17, 1970: Indiana 30, Illinois 24

Oct. 16, 1965: Illinois 34, Indiana 13

Oct. 28, 1950: Illinois 20, Indiana 0

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2012 NCAA Illinois vs Ohio State

Posted on January 10, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Big Ten battle…

January 10, 2012

Illini knocked off number 5 ranked Ohio State 79-74 in front of 14,636 faithful fans behind the superb play of Brandon Paul, who finished the contest with 43 points, of which, was eight three-pointers (third highest in Illinois basketball history).

“I just kept shooting,” said Paul after the game. “It (basketball) felt comfortable.”

Paul played big on both sides of the ball… defensively he snagged six boards and four blocks – two of them he threw the ball into the stands.

At the half, the Buckeyes had a 5 point lead, 39-34, led by Jared Sullinger who had 13, but coach Webber got the team focused.

Key halftime stat for the home team was they never shot a free throw in the first half… while the Buckeyes are 3-3.

“We were able to make a couple plays down the stretch,” said coach Webber. “In this heavyweight bout, we were able to stand up for the match and get the victory.”

Coach Webber also believes Paul hitting a couple early free-throws in the second half got his confidence up. And down the stretch he joked “tonight was a Tebow moment for Brandon.”

The Illini were not able to stop Sullinger, but they sure did slow him down from his normal dominance. He finished with 21 points, five boards and zero blocks.

“We didn’t guard Paul as good as we should have,” Thad Matta said after the game. “We just didn’t do things well tonight. He just kept getting us off the backdoor screen”

Buckeyes shot 47% from the field and 33.3% from behind the arc, while Illinois went 60% and 61.1% from the arc.

Meyers Leonard played 38 minutes in the contest and finished with 14 points and five boards. “That’s (38) is a lot of minutes for a big man,” he said after the game giggling with us.

As for the future of Illini basketball Paul shared with us that “in a game like this hopefully it can carry us and make us focus down the stretch.”

Paul scored the last 15 points for the #illini and he finished with 4-3!!!!

NOTE: Paul’s 43 points is first 40-pt game for a Big Ten player since OSU’s Jared Sullinger last year. Before that? MSU’s Shawn Respert in 1995.

“Right now, the team needs some rest,” concluded coach Webber as their next game isn’t until January 19 as they travel to Penn State. OSU turns things around a little quicker hosting Indiana January 15.

This is definitely an instant classic for the BIG Ten… plus Lou Henson’s banner now hangs for years to come from the rafters of the house he built. You can watch the banner being raised by clicking hereBanner.

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Illinois Ends Zook Era after Seven Season

Posted on November 27, 2011. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , |

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois coach Ron Zook has been fired after seven seasons, athletic director Mike Thomas announced Sunday.

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“I assessed the entire program and felt that it was time for a change in leadership,” Thomas said in a release. “It is imperative that our program shows some consistency and competes for championships, and I think a change in coaches can help us get there sooner. I wasn’t here seven years ago when Ron Zook took over as coach, but it’s clear the program is in better shape than what he inherited.

“I believe we need new leadership to take the program to the level to compete for championships on a consistent basis. This is an extremely competitive conference, and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best.”

Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning takes over as interim coach.

Illinois opened this season 6-0, then finished with six straight losses, including a 27-7 defeat at Minnesota on Saturday.

Zook is 34-51 at Illinois. He took the 2007 team to the Rose Bowl and lost to USC. Last season’s squad beat Baylor in the Texas Bowl.

Thomas said the search for a new coach would begin immediately.

“We will begin the process of finding a new coach as soon as possible,” Thomas said. “Obviously, we have some hiring policies and regulations to follow, and some candidates may be involved with their own teams and bowl preparations, but I expect to move forward quickly.”

The Illini could still go to a bowl game. It would be their first back-to-back bowl appearances since 1991 and ’92.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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2011 Basketball Illini vs Cougars

Posted on November 27, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Illinois is now 10-0 lifetime in this particular matchup, but this is head coach Tracy Dildy’s first meeting… Can he turn it around and get the Cougars on the road for lots of victories?

Unfortunately, not today, as the Fighting Illini knock off the Chicago State Cougars 90-43. After dominating the first half with a commanding 44-19 lead (51.7%), the team continued their balanced attack shooting 56.5% from the field.

Coach Weber shared with us after the game “I just told the guys to play well and play hard.”

Myke Henry led the team with his personal best of 14 points and grabbing three boards. This all took place after missing four games due to injury. Four of his teammates were also in double digit territory: Meyers Leonard, D.J. Richardson and Nnanna Egwu all had 11, while Tyler Griffey had 10.

“We were in (game) shape but we really weren’t” said a smile Henry after the game talking about his transition from high school to college. “Once we got going and started to get a feel for it. We got better and better.”

Weber shared his thoughts about Henry “that he comes to play. He has no fear.”

It’s safe to say that the team didn’t have jet lag nor were they going to let up after winning the Cancun Challenge title early this week.

As for Chicago State, they shot 34% (first half 34.81%) from the field and were led by Jeremy Robinson who had 14 points.

But as previously stated, the buzz on press row was about the firing of football coach Ron Zook after seven seasons. Official announcement will be made at 4:15pm at the Squad Room of the Illinois Football Complex. For more information on this story visit http://t.co/zTRPtjMU.

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