It's Lovie Smith's turn to attempt to bring stability to the Illinois football program, but he's got plenty of issues to address out of the gates.
If you ignore the bad vibes, Tim Beckman and Illinois have some things going for them, but it's going to take a couple of breaks for Beckman to survive and the Illini to thrive in 2015.
Perhaps the best player on the Illini defense will miss the early part of the non-conference schedule. Who can step up during his absence?
#SummerofWelp continues as the expected 2016 starter at defensive end leaves the program due to likely academic or behavioral issues.
There are position battles and talent. What more could you ask for going into the Spring Game? Take a look at the old and improved defensive line.
From their potent rushing attack to their beastly man in the middle, TCR previews the Fighting Illini's Week Three opponent: the Washington Huskies.