Kickoff '12: Illini coaches in their first year

Kickoff '12: Illini coaches in their first year

Tim Beckman is the 12th coach at Illinois in the last century. Here's how the previous coaches performed in their first season (and opener):

Bob Zuppke

1913 (4-2-1)

Beat Kentucky

Winningest coach in Illinois history won a national title his second season

Ray Eliot

1942 (6-4)

Beat S. Dakota

Mr. Illini pushed his team to No. 5 in the nation before 2-4 finish

Pete Elliott

1960 (5-4)

Beat Indiana

Moved to No. 4 in the polls before a blowout loss to Ohio State

Jim Valek

1967 (4-6)

Lost to Florida

In final three years, former Illini player never got close to his first-year record

Bob Blackman

1971 (5-6)

Lost to Mich. St.

The reverse of 2011: lost his first six, then won his last five

Gary Moeller

1977 (3-8)

Lost to Michigan

Like with Valek, his first year was his best year

Mike White

1980 (3-7-1)

Beat Northwestern

After 2-0 start, Missouri knocked Illini back to reality with 52-7 romp

John Mackovic

1988 (6-5-1)

Lost to Wash. St.

Team earned an All American Bowl berth opposite Florida

Lou Tepper

1992 (6-5-1)

Beat Northern Illinois

Second straight first-year coach to earn postseason bid (lost in Holiday Bowl)

Ron Turner

1997 (0-11)

Lost to S. Miss

Closest game was a 10-point decision against Michigan State in season finale

Ron Zook

2005 (2-9)

Beat Rutgers

Closest loss in 0-8 Big Ten season was 17 points against Northwestern

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