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Weber not out of work long; hired at Kansas State

 

Bruce Weber while at Illinois (2010 photo by PhotoVandal via wikipedia commons)

Bruce Weber’s days at Illinois where numbered the day that the school hired athletic director Mike Thomas away from the University of Cincinnati.

Rumors across  Big Ten country, Champaign, Illinois and Chicago said that Thomas wanted his own coaches and was waiting for something to go wrong with the football program under Ron Zook and basketball program under Weber.

Well both have been fired.

Weber has been hired at Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, who left to take the South Carolina job.

Weber was let go with three years on his contract and after going 210-101 in nine seasons at the University of Illinois. He led the Illini to six trips to the NCAA Tournament and had a national runner-up finish in 2005.

The Illini went 17-15 overall, 6-12 in the Big Ten.

Weber and Kansas State have agreed to a five-year, $8.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and an additional $100,000 each remaining year.

 

 

Info compiled from Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL: Original head coaches missing as UCLA, Illinois play in Frisco

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The December 31 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will have 6-7 UCLA against 6-6 Illinois in San Francisco on ESPN.

The two teams had disappointing seasons despite getting off to good starts. Both have one thing in common, they beat Arizona State; the Illini by three points and the Bruins by a single point.

The original head coaches were fired on back-to-back days. Ron Zook was fired by Illinois on November 27 and Rick Neuheisel was fired on November 28, but was allowed to coach in the Pac-12 title game.

The game will feature two interim head coaches, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning for Illinois and Mike Johnson, UCLA’s offensive coordinator.

Illinois’ offense which let the team down in its slide from 6-0 to 6-6. The Illini defense held them in most games, keeping opponents to 28 points or fewer, that kept the team in most games. Illinois was seventh in total defense.

UCLA’s problem was defense as it was outscored 130-37 in its final three losses.

 

Info compiled from UCLA & University of Illinois athletics news

OHIO STATE AT ILLINOIS: Illinois rolling with 6-0 start

(courtesy of Illinois athletics via wikipedia commons)

The tough month of October schedule continues for the Buckeyes on Saturday, as they make the 4-hour trip to Champaign, Illinois for a matchup with #15 Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.

The game is set for kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ABC-TV. The Buckeyes lead the series 62-30-4 and they won in Champaign last year 24-13.

The Illini are led by former OSU assistant coach and Loudonville, Ohio native Ron Zook.

The Illini at 6-0 have not started a season 7-0 since 1951 which was Woody Hayes’ first season at Ohio State.

The Illini on defense are not very good as they rank 56th nationally against the pass, allowing 217 yards per game.

The Illini offense is a good one led by QB Nathan Scheelhaase and WR A.J. Jenkins. That duo gave OSU fits last year and most definitely will this time around.

Jenkins leads the Big Ten in pass receptions (46), receiving yards (815) and receiving touchdowns (7). And Scheelhaase is a duo-threat who can run and pass. He is averaging 206 yards a game, with 10 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

The Illini have a running back by committee like the Buckeyes. They employ Troy Pollard and Jason Ford and ranks 13th in the nation and fourth in the Big Ten in rushing with 226 yards per game.

The Illini have the edge on both sides of the ball for this matchup.

#2 Ohio State holds off upset-minded Illinois, 24-13

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS — Everytime Ohio State plays Illinois, they know the game is going to be tight. No blowouts.

OSU Punter Ben Buchanan punted well despite gusty winds (megasportsnews.com)

The Illini coming into Saturday’s game, had won 11 of the past 25 games in the series, so Saturday’s game should be no surprise to anybody.

But the Buckeyes withstood the strong 25 mph winds in Memorial Stadium and the Illini, 24-13.

(megasportsnews.com)

With the Buckeyes up 17-10 in the fourth quarter, Illinois drove the ball down the field. Their drive bogged down at the Ohio State 13 on 4th-and-7. Instead of going for the tying touchdown, Illini head coach Ron Zook elected to go for the field goal with 3:51  remaining to cut the lead to 17-13. His feeling was, the defense would hold Ohio State and get the ball back.

Wrong! Coach Zook did not see what the crystal ball had in store for his Illini. It was self-destruction with a viable chance to win the game.

On the short kickoff, the Buckeyes would’ve had the ball at their own 32, but Jordan Hall was tackled by the by Jack Ramsey who was flagged for unnecessary roughness. That 15-yard penalty put the ball 1st-and-10 at the Ohio State 47.

(megasportsnews.com)

Another Illini mistake happened on 3rd-and-1 from the Illinois 44. Dan “Boom” Herron rushed over left guard for no gain, but DB Justin Green was called for offsides. The 5-yard penalty moved the ball five yards for a first down at the Illinois 39.

Several plays later, “Boom” Herron rushes for 11 yards around the right side to the Illini 13 and yes, you guessed it; another penalty on the home team. LB Nate Bussey was called for a face mask penalty and half-the-distance to the goal line put the 1st-and-goal at the Illinois 6.

From there, it was “Boom” Herron rushing around the left end for an uncontested touchdown with 1:49 and a final score of 24-13. The Buckeyes had answered the challenge of the Illini as most championship teams often do.

OSU DB Jemale Hines intercepted a pass (megasportsnews.com)

Leading Ohio State as they closed out the game was junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who put a scare into Ohio State fans when he had to leave the game in the 3rd quarter with a strained quadricep muscle. He was only 9 of 16 passing for 76 yards, but rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries. He even dazzled the sellout crowd of 68,870 with an electrifying 66-yard run in the first quarter which set up the first Ohio State touchdown to Brandon Saine.

Ohio’s defense which has been solid for years, held the Illini to 251 total yards. They stopped talented tailback Mikel Leshoure, to 80 yards on 19 carries. Prior to Saturday’s game, Leshoure had rushed for 100 or more yards in four straight games and would’ve been the first Illinois ballcarrier to rush for five straight in the modern era.

QB Nathan Scheelhaase was 12 of 22 passing for 109 yards. He also struggled passing into the strong winds.

OHIO STATE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 633 to 45 640 Dane Sanzenbacher OSU WR (megsaportsnews.com)

45 641 to 45 648 Cameron Heyward OSU DE (megasportsnews.com)

OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES

* Ohio State entered Saturday’s game with the NCAA’s third-ranked scoring offense (49.2 points per game) and the nation’s eighth-ranked total offense unit (506.8 yards per game). The Illinois defense, held the Buckeyes well below those figures, allowing total yards of 24 points and 290 yards.

* This is the first time Ohio State has been held to under 300 yards since October 17, 2009, at Purdue, when the Buckeyes finished with 287 yards.

* Ohio State, managed just 77 yards passing after entering the game with an average of 266.5 passing yards. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor had  season-low totals of nine completions and 76 yards. It was Pryor’s fewest completions and yards since November 21, 2009, at Michigan, when he completed nine passes for 67 yards.

ILLINOIS GAME NOTES

* DB Trulon Henry recorded a pair of interceptions, the first INT’s of the season for the Fighting Illini. Henry is the first Illini defender in six years to come up with two interceptions in a game, since Kelvin Hayden in 2004 against Florida A&M.

* WR Jarred Fayson had a breakout game for the Illini. He caught eight passes for 83 yards, setting career highs in both categories. Fayson also completed the first pass of his career, throwing a 23-yarder to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in the first quarter.

* RB Mikel Leshoure had 80 yards rushing in the game, giving him 1,338 for his career. He is the 24th player in school history to surpass 1,300 career rushing yards, moving up three spots from his No. 27 ranking coming into the game.

* Anthony Santella, the nation’s second-leading punter, had another impressive performance today. He averaged 47 yards on six punts, booting two more than 50 yards. Santella also had three punts downed inside the 20, doubling his season total to six. He is obviously used to the swirling winds at Memorial Stadium.