One big coaching chance a lot of fans are anticipating is that of defensive coordinator Tim Banks. Illinois ranked 110th (out of 123) in entire FBS in total defense, 104th in scoring defense, and 3rd-to-last in takeaways.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman will return next season, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed to WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten Monday morning. Thomas gave Beckman a vote of confidence, despite his 6-18 record in two seasons.
Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas tells WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten that Tim Beckman will coach the Illini next season. Here is the entire interview as he gives his opinion and analysis on the state of the Illinois football program.
The Illinois football team finished the second year under Tim Beckman 4-8 (1-7). He insists the Illini are getting better.
SHG defeated Montini 38-28 to win the state championship.
The Illinois football team fell at home to Northwestern 37-34 in the final game of the season. The Illini finish the season 4-8 (1-7). Nathan Scheelhaase did set a new Illinois record for total career yards in the contest.
Illinois will not play in a bowl game for the second straight season. The Illini had opportunities but couldn't win six games.
The Illinois senior class will play it's last game with the Illini football team this Saturday against Northwestern. Nathan Scheelhaase will be one of those seniors getting ready for his last game, and as WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports, Scheelhaase will have one last chance to cap off his storied career.
University of Illinois senior wide receiver Steve Hull (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday for his performance in the Fighting Illini’s Big Ten victory at Purdue on Saturday.
Illinois snapped its 20-game BIg Ten Conference losing streak with a 20-16 win at Purdue Saturday. Illiniboard.com writer Robert Rosenthal sits down to talk about the victory and what's next for the Illini.
Illinois snapped a 20-game Big Ten Conference losing streak with a 20-16 win over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Illinois' defensive struggles on the football field continue. In fact they rank among the worst in the Big Ten in almost every major defensive category - and the results haven't gotten any better as the season has gone along.
The Illinois football team is looking for one Big Ten win - anything to snap that 20-game conference losing streak. They will have their best chance yet Saturday at Purdue. One key for Illinois, though, will be keeping Nathan Scheelhaase on his feet.
One of the bright spots for the Illinois football team has been the play of Steve Hull. The senior wide receiver ranks sixth in the Big Ten in receiving, and he has stepped up in a big way ever since Ryan Lankford was lost for the year. Head coach Tim Beckman says if Hull can stay healthy, he hopes his senior can get a chance to play in the NFL.
The Illinois football team is getting ready to play Purdue Saturday. The Illini have lost 20 straight Big Ten games. They're looking to end that skid against a team who is also winless in the Big Ten this season.
Illinois senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said even though the Illini are no longer bowl eligible, there's still "something to play for." The Illini dropped their 20th consecutive Big Ten Conference game against Ohio State on Saturday, losing 60-35.
Third ranked Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35 Saturday dropping the Illini to 0-6 in the Big Ten and 3-7 overall. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He became just the fourth Illinois player to ever thrown 50 career touchdown passes. He also rushed for 46 yards and a score. V'Angelo Bentley returned a punt for a touchdown becoming the first Illini player to ever return a kick-off and a punt for a touchdown in the same season. Illinois plays at Purdue next Saturday,
The Illinois football team fell to Indiana 52-35 Saturday, losing their 19th straight Big Ten game. The Illini defense surrendered over 600 yards of total offense. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-high 450 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a losing effort. Illinois hosts Ohio State next week.
The Illinois football players are calling Saturday's game at Indiana a must-win. They understand what is at stake. Illinois has to win 3 of their last 4 games to become bowl eligible, and with undefeated Ohio State still on the schedule, that makes this game against the Hoosiers that much more important.
Tim Beckman and the Illinois football team say they're actually feeling energized after Saturday's 24-17 overtime loss at Penn State. It was their 18th straight Big Ten defeat, but they feel like they were able to take a lot of positives away from the game.
Tim Beckman's Illini came close to snapping a 17-game Big Ten losing streak. Illinois had a three point lead late in the fourth quarter. Penn State kicked a late field goal and went on to win in overtime 24-17. WCIA 3's Aaron Bennett reports from State College.
Maroa-Forsyth junior Jack Hockaday picked up an offer from Tim Beckman and the Illini Friday. He also has offers from Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. Hockaday plays quarterback for the Trojans, but many teams covet him as a Safety/Linebacker at the next level. Top-ranked Maroa-Forsyth plays Tuscola in the first round of the playoffs Saturday at 1:00.
Illinois senior offensive lineman Corey Lewis is from Cresco, Pennsylvania. It's only a few hours from Penn State. He's expecting between 50-100 friends and family watching him as the Illinois-Penn State game Saturday. Lewis is back on the field this season after overcoming five knee surgeries in his career.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase spoke publicly Tuesday night for the first time about his dad's arrest and one-year ban from campus. As you can imagine, it has been a tough time for Scheelhaase, but after practice he took the opportunity to talk about about how he'll get through it all.
Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday his freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg practiced well Monday and should be ready to play Saturday against Illinois (11:00 a.m., ESPN). Hackenberg left Saturday's game against Ohio State early because of an injury, but it looks like that won't limit him against the Illini (3-4, 0-3).
A bad weekend got worse for Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase when, after Illinois' 42-3 loss to Michigan State, he learned his dad had been arrested and removed from the game and has now been banned from the Illinois campus for one year.
Tim Beckman confirmed today the team's second-leading receiver Ryan Lankford is done for the season after he broke a bone in his shoulder during Saturday's 42-3 loss to Michigan St. Lankford, a senior, had caught 15 passes for 308 and one touchdown before suffering the injury, which ends his Illinois career.
Illinois lost to Michigan State 42-3 Saturday. The Spartans handed the Illini their 17th straight Big Ten loss. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more with illiniboard.com's Robert Rosenthal.
Illinois wide receiver Ryan Lankford is probably out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury Saturday, Illinois head coach Tim Beckman Said.
Michigan State handed Illinois its 17th straight Big Ten loss 42-3 Saturday.
The Illinois football team hosts Michigan State Saturday, and the Spartans will bring the nation's No. 1 defense into Champaign. Michigan State is allowing less than 230 yards and only 13 points per game. It will be the biggest test so far for Illinois' high-powered offense.
The Illinois football team will try to snap it's 16-game Big Ten losing streak Saturday afternoon when they host Michigan State (2:30 p.m., ABC). Illinois' (3-3, 0-2) two conference losses this year have come at the hands of two of the best teams in the conference, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Senior linebacker Jonathan Brown says that doesn't make him feel any better.
The Illinois football team is 3-3 at the halfway point of the season. Tim Beckman is proud of his team and optimistic for a positive finish.
Illinois is outscoring opponents in the second and fourth quarters of games this season, but the first and third quarters have been a different story. Getting out to a fast start has been a big emphasis for Tim Beckman's squad.
The Illinois defense is giving up over 30 points per game and not generating enough turnovers. Tim Banks is trying to turn his unit around.
Illinois lost to Wisconsin 56-32. Bret Beherns has the story and talks with illiniboard.com's Robert Rosenthal about the game.
The Illinois football team will try to crank up the heat on defense when they host Wisconsin Saturday night. Illinois is last in the Big Ten in takeaways and last in sacking the opposing quarterback. They say they're going to have to pressure the Badgers if they want to come out with a win.
The Illinois football team has lost 15 straight conference games. They're looking to end that skid Saturday when the orange and blue host Wisconsin.
For the first few weeks of the season, the Illinois offense was one of the most explosive in the Big Ten, but last week against Nebraska the Illini looked just average on the offensive side of the ball.
The Illinois football team is entering a critical stretch of the season. Coming off their second bye week of the year, Illinois will finish the season with seven straight Big Ten games without a week off.
Illinois running back Josh Ferguson is having a fantastic season. WCVIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on the sophomore.
The Illinois offense never really hit it's stride Saturday at Nebraska. The high winds has something to do with it, but Illinois was still held more than 80 yards below their season average.
The Illinois football team is in the middle of a critical stretch against some of the Big Ten's test teams. It's a stretch where their season could go either way based on how they respond to the challenge.
Nebraska exposed one of Illinois' biggest weaknesses Saturday. They controlled Illinois' inexperienced and undersized defensive line, making things pretty easy on the Huskers offense.
The Illinois football team was never really in the game Saturday at Nebraska. They fall to 0-1 in the Big Ten, and head coach Tim Beckman says turnovers continue to be a major problem.
Former Illinois standout, NFL veteran and Tuscola native Fred Wakefield breaks down the Illini's 20-point loss at Nebraska.
Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said the lack of big plays was one of the main reasons for the Illini's 20-point loss to Nebraska on Saturday.
Nebraska scored the first 17 points of the game and never looked back, crushing Illinois 39-19 in the Big Ten opener for both teams Saturday in Lincoln.
Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said his game plan won't change despite the fact Nebraska starting quarterback Taylor Martinez won't play in Saturday's game.
Illinois got a lift today with the news that Nebraska starting quarterback Taylor Martinez will not play Saturday against Illinois. He'll miss his second straight game with turf toe. Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong is expected to start for the Huskers, who will try to hand Illinois it's 15th straight Big Ten loss.