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Illini football: recent history of incompetent, eccentric coordinators

Since John Mackovic left Illini football behind for Texas in 1991 the program has had four coaches; all of which went under .500 during their time in Champaign. They (Lou Tepper, Ron Turner, Ron Zook and Tim Beckman) combined to lose 53 more games than they won. OUCH! The coordinators, many of which were extremely incompetent and/or “eccentric” (or you could say “neurotic”...
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What Bill Cubit brings, doesn’t bring to Illini Football

Bill Cubit is probably not the long term answer for Illini football; but they can certainly do worse. They just did much worse in fact. As former Illini and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Tackle Akeem Spence Tweeted yesterday in the wake of Tim Beckman‘s dismissal- “Illinois just got better.” Bill Cubit looks, sounds and acts like he knows what he’s doing. At least...
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De Gea to Real Madrid finally done? Independent claims it is

Comedian and sociopolitical pundit John Oliver described the credentials of professional “Social Media Experts” thusly: “all it takes is wanting it bad enough, and not caring about whether strangers hate you or not.” Sorry for quoting a Liverpool supporter in the intro, but the quote is somewhat apt when reporting on the never ending story that is the David de Gea transfer...
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Jose Mourinho on Chelsea’s “very bad start” this season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has seen his side endure an extremely rough start to the Premier League season. The Special One admitted it’s “very bad” after his club lost at home to Crystal Palace today. It is just the second loss in the last 100 Premier League home games for Chelsea. “The first thought is to Palace,” Mourinho said. “They come with everything. They were...
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Neymar himself shoots down Man United transfer idea

FC Barcelona superstar Neymar has shot down the idea that he could join Manchester United between now and the closure of the summer transfer window on September 1st. ‘I want to stay at Barcelona, no matter how many million pound offers come from England,’ he said. And he later told TV3: ‘The people from Barca can be calm. ‘When I hear things like this, I don’t think anything...
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Tim Beckman statement implies a potential lawsuit against UI

Yesterday was a very eventful and dramatic day at the University of Illinois. It’s not going to quiet down any time soon either. Tim Beckman was fired by Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas on Friday afternoon, and Beckman responded with a statement that was very defiant and combative.  Have a look see: “I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the decision Mike Thomas...
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Arsenal performance today validates Arsene Wenger commentary

Today’s performance by Arsenal kind of verifies what Arsene Wenger said about his struggling side yesterday. The oft-quoted passage is below, and the Gunners needing an own goal to edge a Newcastle side playing with just ten men does nothing to alleviate the concerns of Gunners supporters everywhere. It was a 1-0 win, and they took all three points, but it was not a game that...
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Van Gaal unsure of Sergio Romero as the long term answer

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal has seen plenty of drama with his goalkeepers this summer. Obviously, it’s starts with his #1 David de Gea. That soap opera has been over-covered to the extreme, so we’ll refrain from further beating the dead horse here. Victor Valdes had an attitude/self-perception that didn’t gel with Van Gaal, so he had to be jettisoned. Sergio Romero...
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Man United Goalkeeper Victor Valdes signs with Besiktas

Finally, Manchester United’s Victor Valdes nightmare is a thing of the past. The United Goalkeeper is now moving over to Besiktas on a two-year deal, claim reports from the English media. Earlier in the summer, Manager Louis Van Gaal stated that the Red Devils were dead set on selling the Goalkeeper. This decision was reached after Victor Valdes chest-thumped himself out of a...
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Oakland Raiders Season Preview with Erin Coscarelli

The Oakland Raiders are a team that looks poised to make a significant improvement this season. Younger NFL fans only know of the Raiders as a team that lost the tuck rule game to Tom Brady, and then fell into oblivion. Nothing could be further from the truth however, as the Raiders are actually one of the NFL’s most storied franchises; with a fine tradition. Erin Coscarelli hails...
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Sounds like Tim Beckman will sue the University of Illinois

Yesterday was a very eventful and dramatic day at the University of Illinois. It’s not going to quiet down any time soon either. Tim Beckman was fired by Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas on Friday afternoon, and Beckman responded with a statement that was very defiant and combative.  Have a look see: “I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the decision Mike Thomas...
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Three very overlooked Notre Dame football players

You wouldn’t think a star Notre Dame football player would fly under the radar, but there are actually three which don’t get a ton of attention despite their talents and abilities. FOX Sports did a college football preview press call today, and Notre Dame football icon Brady Quinn was one of the participants. I asked Quinn for his thoughts on ND’s prospects this season, as...
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Dutch news outlet claims Man United bidding £73m for Arjen Robben

As we speed closer to summer transfer window deadline day, one Dutch outlet claims that Manchester United is a preparing a massive, and I mean massive bid for one of the world’s greatest players. News outlet De Telegraaf claims that Arjen Robben is the subject of a £73 million bid. Well, it’s not as far out and crazy as the Neymar rumors, but it’s also not exactly the...
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Man United send Jonny Evans to WBA, Blackett loaned to Celtic

There’s still plenty of Manchester United transfer business to discuss this summer; as it appears Manager Louis van Gaal is reshaping the back line. Jonny Evans, a very likeable Northern Ireland international, has been squeezed out. He was coveted by West Brom Manager Tony Pulis, and United reportedly (BBC Sport) has agreed to a deal with WBA (£6 million, plus £2 million in...
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Five preliminary Illinois football head coaching candidates

Illinois football deserves so much better than what it currently has. The Fighting Illini were 63-48-4 (.565) during the 1980s. However, they’ve gone just 111-166-2 (.401) since John Mackovic left town to go Coach Texas. Mackovic’s name is critical because he is the most recent Illinois football head coach to leave on his own accord. Memorial Stadium in Champaign has become...
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Illini Coach Tim Beckman’s ten funniest verbal gaffes

With Tim Beckman now officially dismissed, we re-live his ten funniest instances of poor media skills while leading the University of Illinois. We are republishing this from September 23rd, last year. So this is before the “OSKEE” train wreck at Big Ten Media Day this year, the “you take away 10 plays, 30 points and we win” or whatever that was after Purdue, and numerous...
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Why Mike Thomas CANNOT make the next Illini Football hire

With Tim Beckman now fired by the University of Illinois today, it’s we re-publish this op-ed from May 21st. When he took over in 2011, University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas quickly ousted the head coaches of three Illini sports. Thomas bought out the incumbent football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball coaches, and then replaced them with his own guys...
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VIDEO: Tottenham Hotspur introduce Heung-Min Son

New Tottenham Hotspur signing Heung-Min Son has declared himself “pleased and honored” to be headed to White Hart Lane, after joining the team from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Today he was introduced as a member of the club. “Here comes the Son” VIDEO, via Spurs TV spurs.to/HereComesTheSonVideo This is the third major signing of the summer...
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Illini fire Tim Beckman amidst serious allegations of abuse

Firing your Head college football coach a week before the season starts is a very drastic measure. So these are drastic times at the University of Illinois. Tim Beckman, who went 12-25 (4-20 in Big Ten play) during his three years leading the Illini, has been dismissed by Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas. Thomas, himself on very thin ice, will address the media today at 3...
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VIDEO: Louis van Gaal Man United pre Swansea press conference

Here is the video of the full Louis van Gaal press conference today previewing the match on Sunday between Manchester United and Swansea City. Here’s the YouTube embedded below.  The main takeaways were: -Adnan Januzaj is injured and he will not feature in this match. Phil Jones is also injured and will not play -Marouane Fellaini could feature now that his suspension is over...
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Manchester United favored to win their Champions League Group

Manchester United lucked out with a very favorable Champions League playoff draw. Then they were even more fortunate in their Champions League Group stages draw. There’s really no excuse for them not to advance to the knockout round, not with all their resources. If they do fail here, then there needs to be some serious heat on Manager Louis van Gaal. Soccer Power Index gives...
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Jim Nantz says Raiders ready to be relevant again

Hello friends. Hello Oakland Raiders fans. It’s very difficult to interview CBS’ Jim Nantz and only use the print/online version of the discussion. You know and love his voice, so when you converse with him, not providing audio and/or video is to do a great disservice to your readers. This week we caught up with part of the NFL on CBS’ lead announce team, and we discussed...
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Chicago Bears Season Preview with NFL Network’s Erin Coscarelli

Our Never Too Early Season Preview series continues with another NFL Network personality podcast. Earlier this summer we discussed the Chicago Bears offensive outlook with Curtis Conway. Today we break down the defense with Erin Coscarelli. She hosts of ‘Preseason HQ.’ Which airs from 5-7am pt. on NFL Network. It’s your one stop shop and everything you need to get you ready...
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VIDEO, AUDIO: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern QB1 profile

Northwestern named their starting quarterback yesterday, and we’ve been pretty confident all along that Clayton Thorson would win the job. Now it’s official. We came to this conclusion in the same manner that one solves a geometric proof. Because of A you have B, and then B precludes C, and then C leads to D etc. We’ve profiled this in depth here. At NU Media Day yesterday...
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Notre Dame has sleeper stars in Martin, Day, Stanley

You wouldn’t think a star football player at Notre Dame would fly under the radar, but there are actually three which don’t get a ton of attention despite their talents and abilities. FOX Sports did a college football preview press call today, and former ND icon Brady Quinn was one of the participants. I asked Quinn for his thoughts on Notre Dame’s prospects this season, as...
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