Bill Cubit is a man of the people.
At Monday's news conference, the interim Illinois football coach reminded everyone he's a regular guy who is OK with dinner out at, say, Biaggi's hours after a really big win (like the last-second 14-13 thriller against Nebraska).
There's proof to this claim.
A bizarre set of circumstances on Saturday during the Illini's game against Nebraska led to Illinois inadvertently going for it on fourth down when nearly everyone inside Memorial Stadium thought it was third down.
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10-05-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks. Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after the BIG ILLINI WIN over Nebraska.
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The Illinois volleyball team is coming off consecutive losses to Wisconson and Minnesota with Penn State headed to Huff Hall on Friday. Illinois women's basketball practice will also in its second day by the time beat writer Scott Richey chats about both sports at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. So what do you want to know Illini fans?
Bob Asmussen, who has covered Illinois football for 27 years, said as much after the Illini's win against Nebraska.
"Hire him. Right now. Don’t let Bill Cubit go one more second as interim coach."
BOERNE, Texas — Bing Singhsumalee finished the Jim West Challenge’s first round Sunday tied for seventh, leading Illinois women’s golf at Tapatio Springs Resort.
Singhsumalee carded a 1-under 71, putting her 5 strokes behind first-day leader Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M.
CHAMPAIGN — Convince mom, convince Sydnee.
Those were the two people in Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s recruitment that Illinois assistant coach Alex Golesh knew he needed to win over.
“There were six consecutive weeks last offseason where I flew to Nashville and hung out in Nashville all day long,” Golesh said. “I did not go to any country bars. I really just hung out at Pearl-Cohn.”
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois hasn’t exactly been inactive this fall. The players still spent time in the weight room. Still spent their allotted two hours a week with the coaching staff.
But as the 2015-16 season tips off today with the official start of practice, the Illini will ramp up from what coach Matt Bollant called a “slower fall.”
10 questions about news that broke — from a popular Arthur business closing its doors to the Marching Illini's Thanksgiving Day plans — in last week's News-Gazette and news-gazette.com.