Spartan Nation 2011 Big Ten Football Scouting Report: Illinois Fighting Illini
Biggest Game:Â November 19, 2011, hosting Wisconsin
Predicted record:Â 7-5 (4-4)
Projected Big Ten Standing:Â 4th in Big Ten Leaders DivisionÂ Â Â Â Â
Returning Starters:Â 13Â Â Â OFFENSE:Â 7Â Â Â Â DEFENSE:Â Â 6Â Â Â Â Â Â Lettermen returning:Â 43 Â Â
Head Coach:Â Ron Zook 7th Season at Illinois Lifetime:Â 51-59
Top assistant:Â OC Paul Petrino
The clock is ticking on the Zookster.Â He is getting a new AD and with one of the most ignored and mistreated fan bases tired of him and his horrendous on field coaching his days are numbered.
To be frank, I like Zook personally.Â If he is not the best recruiter in the nation, he is 1B for sure.Â That doesnâ€™t change that he struggles to make game day decisions.Â He struggles to keep staff and some believe that the big money shown to Paul Petrino was because he could be the next coach.
Last year the defensive line was the best in the Big Ten in my opinion, and the team still should have been better than a 7-6 record.Â His days are numbered and he has already lost the fan base according to those I trust in the know.Â If he can win them back with a great season he stays.Â If he doesnâ€™t, then there is going to be a change for the Illini.
September 3 Arkansas State Win
September 10 South Dakota State Win
September 17 Arizona State Loss
September 24 Western Michigan Win
October 1 Northwestern Loss
October 8 @Indiana Win
October 15 Ohio State Win
October 22 @Purdue Loss
October 29 @PSU Loss
November 12 UM Win
November 19 Wisconsin Loss
November 26 @Minnesota Win