CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Illinois assistant Keith Gilmore will be North Carolina’s new defensive line coach, sources close to the UI program confirmed Saturday.
Gilmore will replace Deke Adams and reunite with former UI defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, the Tar Heels’ associate head coach for defense.
URBANA — Cameron Mammen can vouch for the differences between dreams and goals.
The Urbana High senior had a dream of playing football for Illinois.
“Cam grew up as an Illini fan,” said his father, Mark. “I’ve been taking him to games since he was 6.”
Judgments will be all over the board when Illini football recruiting — the lifeblood of the program — is finalized early next month.
On one hand, the Illini won’t be ranked among the nation’s Top 30. On the other hand, they’re in a tight, multi-team battle for fourth in the Big Ten behind Scout.com’s 1-2 national leaders, Michigan and Ohio State, and a third school, Nebraska.
There are legions of rabid St. Louis Cardinals fans in downstate Illinois.
Flush with recent success — World Series championships in 2006 and 2011 — they will greet the start of a new season with great anticipation. Count me in. For years, my daily plans have frequently been constructed around the first pitch.
Root for the Patriots and the 49ers if you want to see former Illini in this season's Super Bowl. A look at the four remaining:
New Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit held his first news conference Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Here are three items
on the to-do list for the former Western Michigan head coach:
1. Fill out the staff
Change. It’s a coming. To college football. You’ll will see it nearby (Memorial Stadium) and far away (Rose Bowl). You’ll see it in the way the game is played and who plays who (or is it whom?). Here are college football beat writer Bob Asmussen’s expected changes for the game he loves:
1. Illinois catching up in scoreboard wars.
At the height of the Jim Tressel affair, Ohio State President Gordon Gee made a shabby attempt at humor:
“We’re trying to build a university that our football team can be proud of,” he said.
CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Illinois coach Tim Beckman returned to his Mid-American Conference past on Monday and hired Bill Cubit as the new offensive coordinator for the Illini.