Jan. 21 Asmussen college football chat

Jan. 21 Asmussen college football chat

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:00pm

Longtime beat writer Bob Asmussen will answer your every question at 1 p.m. Monday. Submit them anytime.

Bob Asmussen wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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Welcome back to another football chat. Not a lot of questions in the hopper. Maybe everybody is gearing down from the NFL title games or the presidentiall inauguration.

I'll get to it. Thanks for participating.

We'll have Illlinois golf coach Mike Small at our weekly radio show tonight. If you are near downtown Champaign. stop by the Esquire at 5 p.m.

Class falling fast wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Seems like some verbal recruits are running away from Beckman lost 2 guys alone this past  week alone. This class will be ranked in the 60's before signing day is over wait and see.


P.S. Why the hell is Banks not fired yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob Asmussen wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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I just checked Scout.com and it has Illinois at No. 34. Rivals.com has Illinois at No.. 33.

I don't think the class will drop into the 60s. But I do think there is a chance players will leave the list in the coming weeks. It happens to a lot of schools, even the superpowers.

But Illinois has an advantage in that 10 of the players in the class are already here, including five from junior college and five from high school. That's a good start for Tim Beckman, who needs an influx of talent in the spring.

There are still some talented players on the list of expected signees, led by Aaron Bailey. Overall, given thee 2-10 finish, I think Beckman is putting together a pretty good class,


thelowedown wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

What type of offensive system does Bill Cubit run? Is he the type of coach that force fits players into his system or does he design and adapt for the players on a roster? Does he have experience in multiple offensive systems as a coach?

Bob Asmussen wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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From what I understand, it is a very high tempo offense, with no huddle. The intent is to get the ball out of the quarterback's hands and into the hands of the receivers/running backs in a hurry. If you remember Western Michigan when Jordan White was the star receiver, I think that is the kind of tempo Cubit wants to run. Quick passes with the idea of spreading out the offense. The running game is important, but not the way it was during the Petrino years. And I think the quarterback will be expected to think and act quickly.

Obviously, Cubit has adapted and made changes to his offensive style over the years. And I think he will adjust to the talent on hand. I think all coaches do that to an extent. If you try to make a player do something he isnt capable of doing, you have a major problem.

I'm curious to see Cubit's offense in action.

Karl Shook wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Hi Bob, Since 2000, Illinois has to have the worst record of any team to go to two BCS games. What do they need to be more competive between BCS appearances? My problem with junior college recruits is they leave by the time they get the hang of the system. My Best to the family, Karl

Bob Asmussen wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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Great to hear from you. Kansas might have a similar record and I think the Jayhawks have been to two BCS games, though it might only be one. Still, the idea that Illinois has been inconsistent is very accurate.

I think you have to find a coach who can put all the pieces together: recruiting, on-field coaching, schmoozing with alums, cultivating relationships with the past players. I don't think that guy has been at Illinois since 2000. Is it Tim Beckman? Time will tell.

Also, the coaching in the rest of the Big Ten has improved dramatically during that time. I think across the board, the programs are better. You will see that in bowls during upcoming seasons.

Anonymous User wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Bob, in December we heard that there were "at least" three changes to come on the football staff. Is Beckman done with the changes? So far I have seen Beatty get fired (after the traditional waiting period to ensure he has a new job waiting-and where is he today BTW?) and Butkus move on due to an unusual set of circumstances which led to Turner getting hired on after Florida International went thru a long series of interviewees.


Are we now riding into 2013 with the present group?

Bob Asmussen wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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The number we were hearing was three. But that must have changed because I don't think you will see another coach on the staff fired now. Could one leave on his own? Absolutely. And I think that remains a strong possibility.

But the base of the current staff will return in 2013. Illinois needs to hire an offensive line coach and I think that will happen soon. It will probably be someone Bill Cubit knows or at least feels very comfortable having on his staff. Those two positions work hand in hand.

I know there is a concern about the defensive staff, but I don't think making a bunch of changes will necessarily fix the problem The bigger concern is getting the players to understand what they are doing. That seemed to be a problem in 2012.

dennis bialas wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Do you feel Cubit can turn around the offense in one year? Do you think there will be open competition for all positions including QB? Also going forward do you think the Illini wil be able to bring in as good or a better recruiting than this year?

Bob Asmussen wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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I had a pretty good feeling for Bill Cubit before his press conference last week, but I came away more impressed after hearing what he had to say. He had a plan and I think he can pull it off. Will Ilinois look like Oregon? No. But it can certainly make a big jump from last year's offense.

I do think there will be open competition at every position, especially quarterback. I'm guessing Nathan Scheelhaase wins the job, but it isn't done. And Reilly O'Toole can be the starter.

Illinois has done good work in recruiting without the proof of wins. At some point that ends and this is probably the year. If Illinois can get back to a bowl, then I think recruiting will go well. If it struggles, then I think recruiting will be hurt.

Bob Asmussen wrote on January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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We are out of questions, so I am going to cut it off for today.

There should be an offensive line coach hired at Illinois in the next week or so. I will keep you posted.

Thanks for participating. Talk to you next Monday.