The Illini looked as if they might have been ready to energize the defensive side of the ball.
But it's not happening.
The Illini's defense has not performed well in each of the past two seasons, with the front seven particular torn up by opposing running backs.
Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook might be finding his way back into the coaching ranks of big-time college football.
While many speculated there could be sweeping changes on the Illini coaching staff this offseason, Tim Beckman will be back for 2015.
Two of his assistants will not be.
Big plays and big problems buried the Illini in their first bowl game under Tim Beckman.