Found February 18, 2012 on
The Sports Bank:
What can be said of the 2011-12 Illinois Fighting Illini? I’ve already talked about how the coach, Bruce Weber, is 99% gone at the end of the season, I’ve highlighted how the current college basketball collapse closely mirrors the college football cave-in during the exact same academic year.
I’ve even mentioned how the current team has numerous stylistic and composition similarities to another team, ’98-’99, which set the school record for losses.
However, this picture says it all.
You can’t say Meyers Leonard doesn’t care anymore as you see him crying on the Illini bench at the tail end of their 80-57 rout at the last place in the Big Ten Nebraska Cornhuskers.
And you can’t make fun of him for crying on the bench right now, if you’re also one of those people who previously made fun of him for not caring.
And I don’t know how this screen capture from the Big Ten Network, which is currently making the rounds affects Leonard’s NBA Draft stock.
All I know is Illinois just lost a game
BEST OF MAXIM
It's been awhile since we last heard from sports announcer Gus Johnson but he had another classic Gus call during a Big Ten men's basketball game on Wednesday night.
Illinois Joseph Bertrand slammed home an impressive one-handed dunk against Purdue and Gus got a little excited about it:
(Courtesy of Run The Floor)
The Illinois Fighting Illini's once promising season has come cascading down and has ultimately hit rock bottom and questions regarding the future of Bruce Weber as the team's coach are at an all time high.
And evidently, after getting drubbed 80-57 on the road against a Nebraska team that really is not very good, things came to such a boiling point that many of the Illini...
The frustration from earlier this week melted into hopelessness as Illinois center Meyers Leonard sat dejected with his warmup shirt over his head in tears with more than three minutes to play.
Embattled Fighting Illini basketball coach Bruce Weber made controversial statements after the Purdue loss, and the strong reactions by fans and others afterward compelled him expand on and clarify his thoughts and feelings about his team and his coaching career. His normal teleconference introducing the next game at Nebraska was anything but normal.
The Fighting Illini wrap up their weekend at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge against No. 27 St. John's on Sunday.
The Fighting Illini continue play at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge against No. 27 Louisville on Saturday.
The Nebraska men's basketball team returns to action for the first time in a week, as the Huskers welcome the Illinois Fighting Illini to the Devaney Center this Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Fighting Illini basketball team makes its first ever trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Cornhuskers Saturday afternoon. While that would normally be a story unique enough by itself, it pales compared with the subplot regarding the Illini's desperate need to win games and the ongoing uncertainty over the future of their head coach.
The Fighting Illini football staff has made multiple trips to Peoria this winter. Unlike most years, there are at least three good prospects for 2013 in an area that has suffered through a drought of talent in recent years. One of the players receiving a scholarship offer is Josh Augusta, coached by a former Illini.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team ended the final day of the Big Ten Championships in 10th place (84 points). Sophomore Jessica Holz and junior Erin Rodriguez each earned second swims for the Orange and Blue and climbed Illinois' all-time fastest performance lists, while the 400 free relay team broke the school record to earn 10th place overall for the Illini.
The Michigan State gymnastics team hits the road for the first time in three weeks on Friday (Feb. 17) when it heads to No. 18 Illinois. The Spartans and the Fighting Illini will face off at 8 p.m. in Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team remained in 10th place (66 points) at the Big Ten Championships after Friday's action. Senior Brittany McGowan was the only Illini to qualify for an individual final on the day, earning a second swim in the 100 fly.
The Fighting Illini open the 2012 season against Notre Dame at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Assistant Sports Information Director Ben Taylor will be providing fans with an inside look at today's game and the Illini's trip to the Tampa area.