Former Illinois Rose Bowl quarterback Juice Williams has a new job. Illini football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that Isiah “Juice” Williams is joining his staff as director of alumni and former player relations. Juice Williams broke Illinois records for career and single-season total offense, career starts by a quarterback and career and single-season rushing … [Read more...] about Former Illini QB Juice Williams joins Tim Beckman’s staff
Illinois football coach Ron Zook today announced that Nathan Scheelhaase will enter the 2010 season as the Fighting Illini's starting quarterback. One of the biggest questions entering the 2010 season was "who will replace Juice Williams?" Old #7 had a very disappointing senior season, but he still departed UI the school's all-time leader in total offense. By Paul M. Banks … [Read more...] about Nathan Scheelhaase named Juice’s successor at Illinois QB
By Paul M. Banks Another day at the Chicago Invitational Challenge, and another day that St. Louis Head Coach Rick Majerus camps out along the baseline, and gives me and the other reporters next to me a front row view of his behind. But hey, he wears all black both days, and as we know black is slimming. It's great to be back watching college basketball, and not out at the … [Read more...] about Chicago Invitational Blog Day 2
By Paul M. Banks This past weekend, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini got some measure of redemption from their week one DISASTER in St. Louis. The Illini responded from their 37-9 thrashing at the hands of Missouri to rout FCS opponent Illinois St. 45-17 in Champaign. Granted it was against a lower tier team predicted to finish near the bottom of their vastly … [Read more...] about The Illini may be Alright this Year
By Paul M. Banks The Big Ten has a historical reputation for being a “black and blue” type conference like the old NFC Central in the NFL. Woody Hayes and his “3 yards and a cloud of dust” comes to mind. But today, it’s all about the spread-option, and having a quarterback who can run the ball almost as well, or better than he can throw it. The Big Ten’s best are the guys … [Read more...] about Big Ten QB Power Rankings
The University of Illinois Wide Receiving Corps will be among the best in College Football this year. In this four part series, Paul M. Banks interviews and profiles each of the top four Illini pass catching threats. Part 3: Michael Hoohoomanwanuii Part 4: Arrelious “Rejus” Benn Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois Height: 6-5. Weight: 274. Projected 40 Time: … [Read more...] about Illini WRs Secret Weapon Michael Hoohoomanwanuii
By Paul M. Banks f you saw the highlights of Northwestern’s shocking upset at #20 Purdue on the Big Ten Network last night, you might have seen the line reading “17 wins by Northwestern ties school record.” That’s incorrect. Their next victory, which could come Sunday at Ohio St., would be their 18th. That would tie the school record set by the 1982-83 squad led by Jim … [Read more...] about Wildcats Approach School Record for Wins.