UI Year in Review: Grades

2011-12 grades

SPORT GRADE BIG TEN FINISH COMMENT

Baseball C T6th Defending Big Ten co-champs couldn't overcome two series sweeps

Football D 5th* Six-game skid to end regular season cost Zook his coaching job

Men's basketball D T9th Football-like collapse starting in mid-January led to Weber's ouster

Men's cross-country C- 7th Second year of Kennedy coaching era should be more telling

Men's golf A+ 1st Ran string of Big Ten crowns to four, produced NCAA individual champ

Men's gymnastics A+ 1st Spring's national champs brought UI its first NCAA title since 2003

Men's indoor track & field C- 7th Riley ruled Big Ten 60 hurdles for fourth straight year

Men's outdoor track & field C- 8th Riley scored all 20 points for 11th-place Illini at NCAAs

Men's tennis A- T3rd Emerged from April funk to stun Ohio State in Big Ten tourney final

Softball D 9th After two straight top 3 conference finishes, Illini took tumble

Volleyball A+ T2nd After highest NCAA finish ever, 2011 national runner-up eager for more

Women's basketball D T9th Never finished higher than eighth in Big Ten during Law's five seasons

Women's cross-country D- 12th Worst conference finish since 1988 squad tied for last place

Women's golf C+ 5th Losing large senior group from second straight NCAA regional team

Women's gymnastics C+ 5th Fell one spot short of qualifying for nationals for second year in row

Women's indoor track & field B 4th Highest league finish since '07 highlighted by 1,600 relay meet record

Women's outdoor track & field A T2nd Won five events en route to highest Big Ten finish since 2007

Women's soccer A 2nd Big Ten tourney champs set program record for wins in a season (17)

Women's swimming & diving D 10th Illini halt four-year streak of last-place finishes in Big Ten meet

Women's tennis B+ T3rd Caught fire with 12-1 run before losing in Big Ten tourney semis, NCAA opener

Wrestling B+ T3rd Placed seventh at NCAA meet with 62 points, fourth most in program history

NOTE: Big Ten finish is from regular season standings; if a sport does not keep such standings, conference championship meet result used

* — in six-team Leaders Division

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illini82 wrote on June 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

 


A grade of D for both football and basketball?  Both head coaches being fired? Sounds like F's were a more deserving grade.  I might give football a pass for managing a bowl win. A rare, in fact, un-precedented back to back bowl win. For that I'm willing to give football a D. But, basketball's complete breakdown late in the season AND missing even the NIT has to be an F in my book.


Let's hope we can manage at least a B minus or C with the arrow pointing up for both programs longer term. Both have a lot to overcome but I think we are starting with a stronger foundation with both programs versus the coaches they replaced. We'll know in a year or two.


 

Satsuma_Illini wrote on June 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

What a turn around the last month was for men's tennis. Big Ten Championship and Sweet Sixteen. We lose our top two but lots of good talent coming in so it should be interesting next year.

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