Carl loves lists. Well, I found a pretty good one. Here is a list of all of the Division One college football coaches. Of course Nick Saban is number one, but I have a couple others I wanted to take a quick peek at.
Out of 128 teams, the Illinois head coach Tim Beckman sits at 98. Woe is us. For the Illini, there is literally NO LIGHT at the end of the tunnel. Our schedule looks like this next year:
| Aug. 30
| Sept. 6
| Sept. 13
| Sept. 20
||Texas State (Foundation Weekend)
| Sept. 27
| Oct. 4
| Oct. 11
| Oct. 18
| Oct. 25
| Nov. 1
||at Ohio State
| Nov. 8
| Nov. 15
||Iowa (Dad’s Day)
| Nov. 22
| Nov. 29
| Dec. 6
||at Big Ten Championship Game
I like how they put the Big Ten Championship Game on there JUST IN CASE, as if we have any shot whatsoever at making that contest. I imagine Vegas wouldn’t even give you odds on that bet, since it would have to be infinite to one.
We MIGHT win four games next year, three of them out of conference, and one in conference.
I was talking to Carl about coming up for the Wisconsin game, but we are going to get annihilated at Camp Randall, and Nebraska comes here again this year, which is a GIANT party, vs. the 27 fans the Illinois football team brings up with them. Last time Illinois was up here, there were literally more Illinois people on the SIDELINES than in the stands for the game.
The program is completely and totally broken, and we are in the chicken/egg circle; we suck because we can’t get recruits because we suck because we can’t get recruits, etc.
Of course, all of this is fixed if we would start acting like a real semi-pro Division One program and start making up classes and grades and paying the players ca$h and fixing their crimes but we don’t seem to have the balls to want to do that.
So Beckman will put up another stinker of a year, he gets canned, and we hire a new coach. And this beat will go on since being the head coach of Illinois isn’t exactly a job that anyone wants – rather, it is a stepping stone to something better, or some place for a coach to collect a few more paychecks before they go to that great big bench up in the sky. But enough of that rant.
What you have all been waiting for is where our old friend Ron Turner was ranked. If you haven’t peeked already, can you guess out of 128 college football coaches where he sits? Bingo! ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHTH. Dead fucking last.
I had to laugh when I read this about the FIU spring game:
Early enrollee quarterback Alex McGough stole the show in the intra-squad scrimmage, showing surprising polish and poise in Turner’s pro-style offense, out-playing presumed starter E.J. Hilliard.
McGough completed 10-of-19 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown Saturday, often against the first-team defense, but it was the efficiency compared to his counterparts — Hilliard and fellow freshman Bud Martin (Dillard) — that made him stand out. By the end of the scrimmage, he was playing solely with the first team.
Hilliard completed 9-of-18 passes for 74 yards.
“I thought he had a very good spring, especially for a kid who was just a senior in high school,” Turner said of McGough. “Very smart. He’s picked it up really fast.”
Saturday’s performance by McGough wasn’t expected, and it’s even more surprising considering that the freshman, who started for three seasons at Tampa’s Gaither High, didn’t play in a pro-style offense before coming to FIU.
“I love it,” McGough said of FIU’s offensive scheme. “It’s what I think I fit best in, and it shows. … I thought I had a really good day.”
McGough’s performance was enough that Turner declared the FIU quarterback job wide open going into preseason camp — and McGough won’t lack confidence going into that battle.
“This game really helps me,” McGough said. “I have a chance.”
Oh you have a chance alright. A chance to have your career ruined by the worst college football coach in America. I am sure that this kid’s poor parents sit around at night with their heads in their hands and wonder what they have done to their child.