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There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that.
If you haven’t heard, Nike is in the process of rebranding Illinois’ athletic uniforms. The new designs will be unveiled April 16 and worn during the 2014 academic year. IlliniProductionsHD, Illinois’ YouTube channel, recently posted a video of Nike Creative Director Todd Van Horn and Illinois AD Mike Thomas talking about the new designs.
Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that former Illini quarterback Juice Williams is joining his staff as director of alumni and former player relations. Williams broke Illinois records for career and single-season total offense, career starts by a quarterback and career and single-season rushing yards by a quarterback while leading the Fighting Illini to the 2008 Rose Bowl.
On Tuesday’s #BTNLive show Mike Hall, Gerry DiNardo and Stanley Jackson had a length discussion examining the positives and negatives of an early signing period in college football.
Year Three of the Tim Beckman era is about to dawn. And the picture in Champaign is still fuzzy. Is Illinois a program on the rise? The good news: Illinois ended a dubious 20-game Big Ten losing streak last season. The bad news: Progress has made glacial tangible progress under Beckman, who is 6-18 overall in two years and 1-15 in the Big Ten.