The Dump is back after a long hiatus with all of your Fighting Illini news. Er… at least some of the Illinois news out there this morning. We start with basketball…
While the Illini appeared in control early against a program in its fourth year in Division I and first as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, this one remained close into the second half.
We’re still mixing in our new ingredients into Weber’s soup. A few bright points from last night: Griffey’s rebounding, Nnanna’s mobility, DJ’s shooting.
The Illini were knocked out of the national rankings during their four-game slide. The Orange and Blue have since won 10 of their last 11, including a Big Ten Tournament championship and an NCAA tournament game. The unbeaten streak has propelled the Illini, currently ranked 16th in the coaches poll, back into the national spotlight.
The Kicking Illini have an unbeaten record in overtime games, going 4-0-2 on the year. The victory over the defending national champion Fighting Irish is also a pretty nice notch in their belt.
Tate: Is it time to sack Zook?
It’s no secret that Zook never impressed me as the right person to rebuild the program. I’m not his kind of scribe, and he’s not my kind of coach. I fall in with the fan who stated: “He is acceptable to me on the premise that I was born to suffer.”
You’d never describe Tate as an opinion leader. He has a tendency to be cautious. When the dean of Illini sportwriting floats this, it seems like it might actually happen. I agree that it’s time for 2ook to go. I’m not sure the coaching can get worse. I think only Tepper/Turner were worse in my time as an Illinois fan, and I doubt new AD Mike Thomas would go in either of those directions.
Henry, 27, said in a telephone interview Sunday that he was at home with his wife and 2-year-old daughter when a teammate called asking him to help get other football players out of the party. He said he’d only been at the house for about three minutes when shots rang out.
Let this be a lesson for all who were so quick to rush to judgement. Trulon has turned his life around. Time to give him credit for that.