Illinois coach Tim Beckman run over by referee, called for penalty (Video)

If there is another play that more properly represents Illinois’ failed season, I’d like to see it.

During Saturday’s Illinois-Northwestern game, Illini coach Tim Beckman was knocked over by a referee who was running down the sideline to follow the play following an interception. Beckman and the Illini were penalized 15 yards for referee interference, giving Northwestern the ball at the Illini 12. They scored two plays later to make it 17-7, and they went on to win the game 50-14.

Illinois finished the season 2-10, 0-8 in conference, and on a nine-game losing streak. And their coach can’t even stay out of the way of the officials. What a disaster.

Helmet smack to Eye on College Football

Illinois Contemplating New Helmets for 2012 Season (Picture)

The helmets above are currently on display at the Illinois campus for football recruits to see when they visit.  According to the Big Ten Network’s Brent Yarina, the school is considering going with one of the new designs for 2012, but they could ultimately decide to stick with what they have.

“While our coaches have been displaying those for recruits, those are just options we’ve been exploring for new helmets,” Sports Information Director Derek Neal said. “No decisions have been made yet on helmet, uniform changes, or if there will even be a change.”

Seems like a waste of time to me if they don’t incorporate one of the new uniforms, but what do I know?  Which one do you think looks the best?  Personally I’m a fan of the middle one.  The two on the outside look similar to the old helmets, only with uglier writing.

H/T to Eye on College Football
Photo via IllinoisLoyalty.com