Posted April 09, 2012 on
The Fighting Illini recruited no defensive ends last year, and the two projected starters this fall are seniors. So the position is a priority for 2013. Among those prospects being evaluated for precious scholarships is Michigan's Daniel Davis, who visited campus last Wednesday.
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Illinois Fighting Illini fans were partially responsible for Bruce Weber becoming the former Illinois head men’s basketball coach. The Fighting Illini had missed the NCAA tournament in three of the past five seasons and that was the breaking point.
While many, including Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, thought Weber was given a raw deal, Weber could have left on ugly terms. But...
Fighting Illini basketball coach John Groce has made some tough decisions in his short tenure at his new school. He has hired two assistants, both of whom worked with him at Ohio. He is close to naming his third assistant, but it will not be former Illini player and assistant Jerrance Howard. Groce has great respect for Howard, but he needed to go a different direction.
The Fighting Illini announced a new head basketball coach last week. That was the easy part for John Groce. Since then, he has seen a whirlwind of activity, from traveling to media centers around the state to hiring staff; from working out his new team to last-minute recruiting efforts including hosting prospects. Fortunately, his high-energy personality seems ideal for the task.
The Fighting Illini defense was highly rated last year, and there are a number of returnees. New defensive coordinator Tim Banks is pleased with the experience available to him, but he is pushing to make sure the defense continues to improve. He is looking to develop depth as well, and it appears some younger players are stepping up with one week of spring drills remaining.
There's one week to go before the Fighting Illini showcase their new football team for fans in the annual Spring Game in Memorial Stadium. Before Monday's practice, head coach Tim Beckman updated the progress of his team and talked about the draft that will be used to divide the players into Orange and White teams.
With the coming graduation of Graham Pocic and Hugh Thornton, the interior of the Fighting Illini offensive line will have to reload. With a strong emphasis on in-state recruiting, Illinois coaches have targeted an offensive guard out of Chicago in the 2013 class.