“We sold playing time. We sold everything but two wins.”
— UI recruiter Alex Golesh
Tim Beckman’s football operation gets a fresh start (from 2-10) with four new coaches and 25 new scholarship faces, 10 of whom will participate in spring drills.
National Signing Day for the top football prospects in Class of 2014 is oh, a mere 356 days away.
But for college football coaches, recruiting is a year-round job.
And for the fans that can’t wait until Feb. 5, 2014 arrives, Rivals.com released its list of the top 250 prospects in the Class of 2014 on Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN — Even when Illinois signed five high school seniors for its Class of 2013 in Novemeber, John Groce’s staff didn’t stop recruiting for next season.
Case in point: Groce will spend Thursday night a time zone away in Hobbs, N.M., checking out New Mexico Junior College guard Desmond Lee against Howard (Texas) College.
CHAMPAIGN — The last time Brandon Paul did not reach double figures, it was a forgettable afternoon in Madison, Wis.
FINAL: Illinois 79, Purdue 59
Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Tracy Abrams added 13 as Illinois won its third straight game.
Tyler Griffey added 12 points in a game so lopsided that Matt Painter was ejected for arguing calls in the second half.
Plenty more to come on HQ.
Family is a theme Tim Beckman constantly uses when talking about his Illinois football program.
In fact, the Illini coach used the word eight times during Wednesday afternoon's press conference announcing the final 15 signees in a 25-member recruiting class for 2013.