Tate & Turpin chat: 11 a.m. Monday

Tate & Turpin chat: 11 a.m. Monday

Monday, September 15, 2008 - 11:00am

Chat with the hosts of "Saturday Sportsline" and "Monday Morning Quarterback."

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 10:09 am
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Good morning. Here we go again. We'll start a little early. Jim and Loren

Toby Wigmore from Tuscola, Illinois wrote on September 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

Jim and Loren, I found this comment from Bob A's chat on Saturday to be quite disturbing:

"Not to make excuses for Juice Williams, and he didn't either, but it was a tough day to throw. He'll never say that, but I will."

Tough day to throw? Really? Then why was the QB on the other side of the field so effective throwing the ball? Heck of a passer rating, if you ask me. Also, he was able to engineer a drive into the teeth of the wind at the end of the game.

Simply amazes me how we love to deflect blame from this program. They are still in love with themselves because of their Rose Bowl appearance and with the "Journey" show that is on the Big 10 Network.

What is your prediction for the Penn State game? Right now, I have zero faith for an upset. I just hope they come out of the game without any injuries. At that point, you hope they can muster some sort of will and fortitude to find a way to beat teams like Michigan, Western Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern. Considering what I have seen from Iowa's defense and the fact that Kirk Ferents owns Illinois, I will chalk that one up for a loss right now.

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Toby ... it was a very windy day but you are quite right that it is the same on both teams. Juice just had a bad game but remember how well he played at Missouri (indoors) and hopefully we'll see more of that in the future.
Penn State certainly looks a lot tougher on offense with their spread. We have never won at Happy Valley, and Illinois will undoubtedly be the underdog. Jim

Colin from Chicago, IL wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Gents,

Why does Mike Locks insist on running out of the shotgun in short yardage situations? Get in a running formation and pound the football. Juice, Benn and Leshoure are all better options than Dufrene for picking up a yard. Miserable play calling at times out of our offensive coordinator.

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Colin ... this is basically a shotgun team. If you recall at Ohio State last year, except for 4th-and-inches, Juice made good gains out of the shotgun.
I think our mental approach to the Lafayette game led to a conservative approach. It is hard to gain against anyone when they guess right, and it wasn't hard to guess what Illinois was going to do late in that game.
We'll use Benn more at PSU, and I'll bet Juice carries more on that misdirection play. He handed off several times when he could have made big gains Saturday if he had kept it. Loren
Loren

Jerry from Pekin, Illinois wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Hello Jim,

One of the names I didn't hear mentioned for the 89 team was Lowell Hamilton.
I guessing he didn't attend.Any info on why or what he is currently doing ?

Thanks

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Jerry: Lowell Hamilton has moved from Chicago to the South, and is virtually uncontactable. He was the only 1989 starter who wasn't. Larry Smith sent word that he was coming but he failed to show up. Jim

Frank from Peoria, Illinois wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Jim and Loren. I'd like both of your answers to this if possible. What would you rather see, Illinois win a football national title or a mens bball national title? Which one do you think is more likely?
Thanks for the chats. It makes my Mondays.

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Frank: I would prefer to see a national football title but I think it is highly unlikely that that will happen. Jim
I agree with Jim because I am a football fan first. But basketball is more likely even though it may never happen. Loren

Gary from Decatur, il wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

I am a huge Illini fan and was less than impressed with the effort on Saturday, but what is the deal with all of the negativity from the fan base. Granted we would all love to be as good USC, but I have heard and read comments pertaining to benching Juice for Eddie and people wanting to run coach Locksley out of town for perceived bad play calling. Do these people not have bad days at their jobs too?

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Gary -- The big difference between this year and last is expectations. Last year Illinois was able to sneak up on some people but, after that success, we are operating with a target on our back.
Any time the team doesn't perform up to our expectations, fans begin to blame coaches and/or players. We appeared to very conservative in our play calling Saturday. Perhaps we were holding back leading up to the Penn State game. Jim

tom from bradley, illinois wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

How good do you think Penn State is?

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Tom .. Penn State is always pretty good. It is difficult to tell at this time of the year. We saw Syracuse last year, and the Orangemen are weak. As it is with judging Minnesota and Indiana, I'm not ready to give anyone credit until we see them against better teams. Penn State will whack Temple this week. So what? If Illinois goes in as an underdog, it's all the better. Loren

Larry Jordan from Bolingbrook, ILLINOIS wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Is penn state the best team in the Big 10?

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Larry -- As Loren just indicated, it is difficult to judge teams before they play quality opponents. I think Ohio State is still the favorite in the Big Ten.
By the way, the Illinois-Penn State game will be on ABC-TV. Jim

Ted from St. Louis, Missouri wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

I enjoyed the alumni game. But was it hot. When do you think they are going to put air conditioning in the Hall?
Will there be another alumni game in the future?

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Ted .. Lack of air conditioning has hurt the Assembly Hall in many ways. They have lost certain events and conventions because of it. If the Assembly Hall is to be renovated, air conditioning will certainly be a part of that. Ron Guenther mentioned that Saturday night. If a new arena is built and the Assembly Hall is not renovated, it is not likely that it will ever be air conditioned. Jim

Tom from bloomington, IL wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Will Brent now be a fixture in the DT rotation? Are his "issues" behind him now? We need his size and depth.

Will Ford redshirt? I'm impressed with LeShure and would like to see him more in short yardage situations? Where was Pollard? Thought we'd see more of him.

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Tom ... Brent will now be a fixture in the defensive line, and will share time mainly with Liuget and Lindquist, with others filtering in. Don't look for Will Davis to play much tackle from here on in, although he might in obvious passing situations.
Ford has already played so he won't be redshirted.
Pollard appears to be the No. 4 running back after missing all of spring due to surgery, and much of Rantoul due to another injury. Maybe he can work his way back in the next two weeks. Loren

Jack Robinson from Decatur, IL wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Did the Ohio State and Illinois coaches speak about USC before this weekend's game between OSU and USC?

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Jack ...We don't know. Jim and Loren

Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Jim Turpin wrote on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am
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Thanks for the questions. Bye for now.
Jim and Loren

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