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By now, all of Illini Nation is well aware that Tim Beckman will be back for a third season as coach. But the No. 1 question surrounding the football program these days — Will defensive coordinator Tim Banks be shown the door? — is very much up in the air.
1. NO. 18 OKLAHOMA AT NO. 6 OKLAHOMA STATE The facts: 11 a.m., Ch. 7. The records: Oklahoma 9-2, 6-2 Big 12; Oklahoma State 10-1, 7-1.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Yes, Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has an idea of how he wants his side of the ball to play in 2014. And though that plays into how the starting quarterback battle will shake out, no, Cubit insists he doesn’t yet have that part of the depth chart formed in his head.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — There will be a Year 3 under Tim Beckman in Champaign. In an interview Monday with local CBS affiliate WCIA, University of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed that Beckman, who is 6-18 in two seasons as coach, will be back.
The facts: 2:30 p.m., BTN, 560-AM, 720-AM. The records: Northwestern 4-7, 0-7 Big Ten; Illinois 4-7, 1-6. The story line: Two teams with identical overall records. For one, a victory Saturday would cloak a losing season in, all things considered, a warm feeling of success. For the other, win or lose, 2013 will go down
Matt Sinclair, a former standout Illinois linebacker from 2001-04 who is in his first year as the Illini football program’s assistant director of player personnel and relations, faces multiple chargers after being arrested during his drive home from Saturday’s game at Purdue.
The facts: 11 a.m., Big Ten Network, 560-AM. The records: Illinois 3-7, 0-6 Big Ten; Purdue 1-9, 0-6. The story line: Once upon a time, Tim Beckman and Darrell Hazell had the coziest of jobs. They were assistants together at Ohio State — Beckman coaching the defensive backs, Hazell the wide receivers — during a
Rough day for Illini fans. First, their football team was rolled 60-35 by Ohio State. Then, their student section tried to perform the time honored tradition of a card stunt, only to come up short just a few people. Illinois had enough students attend the games to be able to do a card stunt pic.twitter.com/tdx4wvCPia