Enzo Amore: A Future Manager?

Enzo Amore, the “Smack Talker Skywalker” as he likes to call himself, is currently in a rivalry with his previous best friend Big Cass. But the question is, what are they going to do with Enzo after this?

From what many are speculating, the WWE is going to try and push Big Cass as the next “big man” singles competitor. And what some are speculating from Enzo range from making the transition to the Cruiserweight division, to just being let go from the company all together.

His future is really kind of in limbo, and some don’t know what to make of it.

The thing is though, in all of the reports that I have read, I have not seen anything mention him becoming a manager.

The scene for managers now is just not the same as before. Back in the day, you had guys spanning from Jimmy Hart and Captain Lou Albano, to the unforgettable Paul Bearer.

But now, you have Paul Heyman, who is one of the great managers in history. I will also give some respect to Titus O’Neal with the whole “Titus Brand” gimmick he has going on right now. But who else? James Ellsworth with Carmella? Maryse with The Miz?

That’s why WWE needs a new, fresh face as a manager. It’s just something we haven’t seen in a while.

With his mic skills, Enzo Amore can really draw in the attention of the audience, and get them excited for just about anything. And not only that, his promos also have the ability to get the new guys over coming out of NXT.

For example, lets say you have a large indestructible tag team coming up from NXT. They are great in the ring, but are very lacking on the mic. WWE would be able to team them up with Enzo so that he can get them over with the fans, with minimal promos from the team themselves.

But if they don’t like that, the WWE really needs to figure SOMETHING out in order to keep Enzo. He is a GOLDMINE of epic proportions for the company, whether it’s TV appearances, or merchandise. Letting him go would end up being a major disappointment for all parties.

Now that you know what I think, I want to know what you think. VOTE below on the Weekly Sports World Twitter Poll with your opinion on if Enzo Amore would make a great manager.

McGregor vs. Mayweather: The Fight Of The Century……Or Not?

It’s official! It will be Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather on August 26th live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will, without a doubt, be pegged as a “super-fight,” from what ever commercials and video packages you may see throughout the next few months.

But the problem is, Conor McGregor is not a boxer, he’s an MMA fighter. He’s coming from a much different world to face the greatest “defensive” fighter in the history of boxing. Which, in layman’s terms, means that this has the potential to be a MAJOR disappointment after all of the upcoming hype.

Not as big of a disappointment as Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, but pretty damn close.

Now don’t get me wrong, I want to see McGregor knock out Mayweather as much as the next guy; and he has the POTENTIAL to do that. He is quick and a powerful striker, who could easily drop Mayweather if he gets a clean shot at him. However, he has to actually HIT Mayweather in order for that to happen.

Mayweather, for those who may not know, is an extremely quick fighter who has made a living on playing defense, tiring his opponent down, and finding openings to land his shots. With his style against a “green” boxer like McGregor, Mayweather is just going to make McGregor look foolish through his ability to pace the fight, and work his game.

And I’m not the only one who thinks this. Max Kellerman, co-host of ESPN’s First Take and a long time boxing personality, said on a recent episode of First Take that McGregor “will not land a single punch” on Mayweather.

But fans on the Weekly Sports World Twitter page think differently. When asked who will win between Mayweather and McGregor, the answer was rather one-sided;

However, I highly disagree with whoever took this survey. I have to take Mayweather by decision. McGregor is going to be the serious underdog in this fight, but Mayweather is the obvious choice here. He’s quicker, more intelligent as a boxer, and has the history to back it up. I see his game being plenty of defense to keep away from McGregor’s deadly strikes, but in the end doing more than enough to win the match.

A s an overall fight however, the ONLY way you will catch me watching this fight is if I split it with multiple other people, or if a local restaurant is showing it. This fight will not be worth the insane $50, $60, or whatever astronomical price tag the fight promoters will be placing on it. There are just too many factors that say Mayweather will win, that I can’t see myself paying more than $10 to see a one sided fight.

But I want to hear from all of you. Who do you have winning, and why? Let me know in the comments section, and don’t forget to tweet your thoughts to @KShermanSports, as well as @weekofsports.

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I Am Sick And Tired Of Click-Bait Reporting!

We have made a monumental transition from the great reporting of Walter Cronkite to now. Journalism use to be an art-form, a way to get the truth out there to the masses. But nowadays, it has just turned into a “click-measuring” contest, trying to see who can amass the most clicks.

I bring this up because all to often I see articles from legit publications with these bland headlines to draw the reader in. Once they do, they mention the story is not all that it seems.

For example; I recently saw a headline talking about a professional athlete’s little brother getting in trouble with the law. The author didn’t state the star’s name outright in the headline, which ended up doing it’s job by forcing me to click on the article to learn more. Once reading, the article only mentions the star ONCE, and then moves on with the story.

This story made me sick, sick to my stomach. Not only because they are using a celebrities name and stardom to sell their story, but because the only reason this story made it to a major publication was because the offender was related to a star athlete.

Now yes, I understand that these offenses that individuals may commit are indeed bad. They should be given some form of attention. But it shouldn’t be picked up by neighboring states news publications just because the offender is related to a famous athlete.

If it’s a local kid, keep it to the local papers. Don’t trounce on the entire family’s name just because of one person’s mistake.

So all in all, let’s get back to the content. Let’s focus on the written word and reporting ACTUAL news. Let us stay away from this garbage.

CLEAN HOUSE: To-Do’s For The Chicago Bulls This Offseason

The Chicago Bulls are in desperate need of some personnel renovations as they make their way into the offseason. They have had one of the worst drops in the league since last year, and if they continue with what they have right now, they will continue to stay as a mediocre 45ish win team for the near future. In order to change their ways for the future, they need to make some changes, and they need to make them NOW!

1. Fire Gar Forman: Gar Forman has been in charge for far to long, and he needs to be let go now. Throughout his tenure as the General Manager of the Bulls, Forman has made alot more poor decisions than favorable ones.

One example of a poor decision is the infamous Marquis Teague draft that we all have heard about for years. For those who may not know, it is reported that former coach Tom Thibodeau and the coaching staff wanted the Bulls brass to draft current Golden State Warriors F Draymond Green out of Michigan State. But, instead of listening to arguably one of the best coaches in the league at the time, Forman and co. decided to take a different route and draft Marquis Teague in the 1st Round.

Teague, a former Kentucky Wildcat, ended up playing in a total of 67 games throughout two season, averaging 2.1 and 2.4 points respectively in those two seasons. Green, on the other hand, is averaging 14 PTS, 9.5 RBS, and 7.4 AST per game THIS YEAR ALONE. So you could say that Thibs broke out the “I told you so” many times with Forman after that.

But it’s not just that! Forman  has neglected to make very many splashes in free-agency over the years, if not any. In fact, the biggest names that I can remember the Bulls signing during the Forman era were Nate Robinson and an aging Pau Gasol. But, in the end, the front office failed to retain Nate Robinson after the stellar performance that he put on in the playoffs, and the amazing rapport that he built with the team. Then, they failed to keep Gasol happy, and now he is (reportedly) on his way out with free agency looming.

Nothing has really gone right with Forman at the helm, and what has been stated already isn’t even the half of what he has pulled with this franchise. The head honchos of the Bulls need to realize that the franchise can not move forward with this guy as GM. And if they happen to be reading this, they would be smart to let the man go right about now, right when they finished reading this sentence.

2. Trades, Trades Everywhere: I keep hearing all of these rumors about the Bulls considering trading Jimmy Butler this offseason. Now even though this sounds like one of the dumbest ideas on the face of god’s green earth, you actually need to think about it from a different perspective. That is, can the Bulls create a championship caliber team in the four years left on his contract with the assets that they have now? Because in my opinion, if this team can not make it to at least the Conference Finals within the next four years, there is no doubt in my mind that Jimmy Butler will be leaving the Windy City for greener pastures at the end of his contract.

Personally, I do not see the Bulls making it that far in four years. The team has lost Gasol and Noah (allegedly) to free agency this year through multiple reports, so their paint presence is shot. Then, you have Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose, who will be unrestricted free agents by the end of next season. So in the span of a year, you have a chance of losing four of the best players on your team, and you don’t have very much to back it up with. So where do we go from here?

If Noah and Gasol truly are not coming back, then the Bulls must trade Gibson, Rose, and Butler AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! I am sick and tired of this team finding a star that they want to build around, bringing in role-players to play with them, and then getting nowhere when it’s all said and done while that particular star’s abilities get wasted on this team; (Rose for example). So to fix that, let’s just wipe the slate clean, start off with a group of young guys with great potential, and a load of draft picks. Hoiberg would be able to build his own team, with guys he wants, and maybe Chicago can finally have a fully capable squad that can compete with the likes of Cleveland, Toronto, and the rest of the East. I don’t care who they get, as long as they are young, and have the potential of being quality players that won’t fizzle out.

Personally, I am a huge fan of Jordan Clarkson from the Lakers. The kid just finished his second year in the league, and finished with a line of 15.5 PTS, 4 REB, and 2.4 AST per game. Even if they can’t get Clarkson, there are plenty of young guys with cheap contracts that have great potential to put up high numbers early in their careers. They just need to look, and test the market!

I hate saying it as much as the next guy because I want to see the Bulls succeed, but it’s something that needs to be said. I’m tired of this team not doing it’s part of bringing in the right players to pair with their stars. In the end, the Bulls just need to get the Coach Thibodeau guys out of there and hand Coach Hoiberg a clean slate to work with. It will be the best for all parties involved, and it will be the best for the future of the team.

MLS Postgame Report: D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

Here is the postgame report to the MLS game I went to;

When asked about the rough weather here in Chicago, the Fire’s lone scorer from Saturday’s match Jonathan Campbell told the media; “We’re trying to make it almost an advantage for us; when people come in to play us, we should be used to the wind, the rain, so we’re ready.”

During Saturday’s matchup between D.C. United and the Chicago Fire, Campbell and company fought the cold and rainy conditions for 90 minutes that ended in a 1-1 tie; resulting in 1 point for each team in the Eastern Conference.

After 41 minutes of play, Johnathan Campbell of the Fire was able to find the back of the net after a beautiful set up off of a free kick from Arturo Alvarez. Just before the 41st minute of play, Alvarez sent a magnificent, curving bullet to the front of the net; perfectly placed in front of Campbell to set him up for his first ever MLS goal.

But, in the 65th minute of play, former Chicago Fire Midfielder Patrick Nyarko scored the game-tying goal in his return to Toyota Park. In the 65th minute, Chris Rolfe of the Fire decided to send in a short pass to Luciano Acosta in the hopes to set up for a better angle. Acosta receives the pass and sends in a lob over multiple Chicago defenders to an awaiting Nyarko, who finished it off by heading in the game-tying goal. “Yeah, it is kind of how soccer works, doesn’t it,” D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen said when asked about Nyarko scoring in Chicago, “you know he’s going to come back and get something…just like I am sure Pontius will get ahold of a goal against us.”

This tie gives both D.C. and Chicago 1 point in the Eastern Conference. D.C. United is now tied with Orlando City, New York City and New England with 10 points, while Chicago sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 7 points.

Coming up for D.C. United (2-4-3, 10 points), they will have a chance to break their tie with New York City (2-4-3, 10 points), as the two clubs face off at RFK on May 8th at 6:30 CST. The Chicago Fire (1-4-2, 7 points) will be flying to Vancouver to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-2-5, 11 points) at BC Place on May 11th at 9:00PM CST with the hopes of gaining some ground in the Eastern Conference.

MLS PreGame Report: D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

Here is a pregame report for my first ever soccer game I will be traveling to:

The Chicago Fire (1-2-3, 6 points) are looking to escape the basement of the Eastern Conference as they matchup with D.C. United (2-3-3, 9 points) on Saturday, April 30th at Toyota Park. It is still early in the season, but the Fire need every win they can get in order to stay relevant in their conference. D.C. United is currently in the hunt for the top, sitting at 9 points; 4 points behind the Montreal Impact in the standings.

The Fire are coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Montreal Impact; where Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti scored the game clinching goal during stoppage time in the second half. Kennedy Igobananike scored the Fire’s lone goal in the 29th minute of the match, but it was not enough, as Didier Drogba and Piatti sealed the deal for Montreal with goals in the 56th and 91st minutes respectively.

D.C. United are walking into Toyota Park with a little extra confidence after a decisive 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution. D.C. United picked up their first goal in the first half, with Lamar Neagle scoring in the 33rd minute off of a penalty kick. They were able to ice the game late in the second half, with Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio scoring goals in the 86th and 90th minutes respectively.

The Fire are going to be without forward David Accam for this match, who will sit out with a knee sprain he sustained earlier in the season. He was expected to be a pivotal part of the Fire’s squad this year before his injury, scoring 2 goals in his first 3 weeks.

D.C. United will be without a few of their starters on Saturday, including GK Bill Hamid who is out for 4-6 months with a torn meniscus. The club will also be without their backup GK Andrew Dykstra, who is expected to be out 10-12 weeks after having back surgery on March 18th.

KSherman’s 2015-2016 NBA Regular Season Awards

This was such a special year in the NBA, a year that will go down in history as one of the greatest seasons in league history. For one, the Golden State Warriors were in pursuit of the storied ’95-’96 Bulls record of 72-10. Then, you have the living legend, Kobe Bryant, making his retirement tour that ended with a 60 point CLASSIC against the Utah Jazz. With this and all of the other moments of the year, it’s time for the second annual KSherman NBA Regular Season Awards.

Surprise Team Of The Year: The Portland Trail Blazers are the obvious choice for this award with the way they proved to the world they still have the talent to make a difference in the league. This past offseason, the Trail Blazers lost four of their five starters to free agency in Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez. Once this happened, all eyes were on Damian Lillard to see if he can help lead this team back to the playoffs…..and he did just that. With the rise of CJ McCollum to a 20 PPG average, and the team playing as a cohesive unit, they were able to get the 5th seed in the playoffs. Playing the Clippers in the first round hasn’t been going very smoothly for them so far, but this team is just a few pieces away from becoming contenders in this league. Because of this, this is why the Trail Blazers deserve this award.

Biggest Disappointment: The Chicago Bulls didn’t make a single damn move before the season as they kept their squad relatively the same. No wait, I take that back, they did fire one of the best coaches in Bulls history in favor of Coach Fred Hoiberg; former Head Coach at Iowa State. And how did they fair? A 42-40 record and missing the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. This should have NOT happened. If you are keeping basically the same team, but changing coaches, that new coach better be worth a damn and your team should still be playoff contenders. But that didn’t happen, so that is why the Chicago Bulls get my “Biggest Disappointment” award.

Moment For The Ages: The Kobe Bryant retirement tour ended in amazing fashion, with “The Mamba” putting up 60 points on the Utah Jazz to help lead the Lakers to a win in their regular season finale. During this game, the crowd came to see “Vintage Kobe,” and they got “Vintage Kobe.” But that’s not the moment I am talking about, oh no! With the 60 points aside, the moment that I am referring to is the ovation that Kobe received after he was subbed out with four seconds left in the game. It wasn’t any normal kind of ovation, it was a special kind of ovation. The loyal Laker fans were cheering for a purpose, in admiration for a legend leaving the floor for a final time, wearing the storied purple and gold that he wore for 20 years. If you get a chance, just look for footage of that moment and watch, because words do not do it justice. It was a Moment For The Ages, and that is why that moment deserves the “Moment For The Ages” award.

Now did I miss any teams? Did I miss any moments? Are there any awards that I should have added in? Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook, or tweet me at @KShermanSports. Thank You!

 

2016 NCAA Tournament: My Final Four Preview

My bracket has been ROYALLY screwed ever since the first round. You all know what game I’m talking about, when Michigan State (an arguable #1 seed for the tournament) got their butts handed to them by the 15th seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. In fact, the Spartans of Michigan State didn’t even lead once that game, which was one of the most surprising part. But, that’s why they call it March Madness. Anything can happen in this tournament, and you just need to expect the unexpected.

Now, we are heading into the closing weekend of the tournament. The weekend where we see some of the “closest” matchups; (closest is use very loosely this year). So what should you expect from this final four? Well let’s take a look;

#10 Syracuse vs. #1 North Carolina: Syracuse is going to get their asses kicked…period. The Orange have had a nice little run while it’s lasted, but the Tar Heels are going to demolish them in their Final Four matchup this Saturday just like they’ve been doing to the rest of the opponents they’ve faced.

North Carolina won all of their games by double-digits since the beginning of the tourney, averaging 89 points per contest throughout the tournament. Having said that, they will win YET AGAIN by double digits on Sunday against a 10 seed like Syracuse. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that the Indiana and Notre Dame games were some-what close at points. But UNC had the ability to close out the game when it meant the most in order to move on to the next round.

If you’ve been reading my articles in the past, I’m normally a person that would give some kind of belief/life to the idea that the other team has a chance. But in this situation, I do not see that happening AT ALL! Syracuse has been playing with a chip on their shoulder after all the negative comments from fans and the media about how they should not have been there. But a “chip” is not going to get them past a juggernaut of a program like North Carolina. Honestly, if Michigan State actually played like Michigan State should have, Syracuse wouldn’t have even made it out of the second round; let alone to the Final Four.

In the end, I have the Tar Heels moving on to the National Championship, winning by a score of 76-62.

#2 Villanova vs. #2 Oklahoma: If you had to choose, and you want to watch a close ball game this weekend, then this would be the one for you. Villanova and Oklahoma have been playing some amazing basketball recently, and this game has all the makings of a classic Final Four matchup.

Villanova has been playing some stellar basketball as of late; averaging 82 points on 55% shooting from the field; not to mention their great defense where they’ve only given up 63 points per game. Defense is going to be one of the key factors to ‘Novas success, as most of the offense for the Sooners has gone through Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield. If they can stop Buddy, then the Wildcats should have this game on lock! But, that’s easier said than done.

Buddy Hield, Buddy Hield, Buddy Hield! So far this tournament it has been the “Buddy Hield Show,” with Hield averaging 29.3 points per game over his span of four tournament games. In fact, Hield has scored about 36% of the Sooners TOTAL points throughout the first four games. For Oklahoma to have a chance against Villanova, they are going to need to have the whole squad contributing greatly to the cause. It can’t just be the “Buddy Show” when playing against a hot-shooting team like Villanova.

In the end, I am a fan of Buddy Hield, and I really want to see him succeed. But, I think the defense of Villanova will keep him in check and stop the “Sooner Schooner” in it’s tracks; winning 65-60.

IT’S MARCH MADNESS: The Weekly Sports World Writer’s Bracket Challenge!

Oh March, what a perfect time of year! Spring is in the air, the people are coming out of “hibernation” to enjoy the warm weather, and most importantly……IT’S MARCH MADNESS!!! The roar of the crowd, the clutch shots, the upsets; there’s just a rush of excitement and energy that comes over fans whether you are at the game or not. I can remember vividly, watching these games with my dad every year, bracket in hand as we talk about why we chose certain teams for certain matchups.

You better believe that every year, my dad and I would have a bracket ready to go before the start of the tournament as we try to see who’s bracket was superior. When I first started making brackets, around 7th grade, my picks were a bit strange at best; (but really, no pick is a bad pick when it comes to the tourney). But as I grew older, and my knowledge for sports began to expand, my .500 winning brackets started to improve, and the family bracket challenge started to get alot more intense.

But now, we have a “Writer’s Challenge” going on here with the guys at Weekly Sports World, and JArcher and JMalec have been saying they will have the best brackets. But remember guys, it’s March, it’s the most unpredictable time of year, and anything can happen.

So, having said that, let’s take a run through of my bracket and some of the highlights that exist within it;

Round of 64;

Texas/Northern Iowa: Winner-Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa has been one of those sneaky teams this season; beating top teams like North Carolina and Iowa State, as well as finishing the season 2-1 against Wichita State. I believe the jump-shooting team from Iowa has the Longhorns number, and will advance to the next round.

Iowa State/Iona: Winner-Iona

Now as we all know, the NCAA Tournament is one of the most unpredictable tournaments in sports, and upsets can come at ANY time. This is one of those upsets, and I see the Gaels of Iona (averaging 79.6 PPG) stunning Iowa State and moving on to play Purdue in the next round.

Round of 32;

Oregon/Saint Joseph’s: Winner- Saint Joseph’s

I don’t know why, but for some reason I just don’t see Oregon making it past the 2nd round, and I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the fact they have averaged relatively the same amount of Points Per Game and Opponent Points Per Game? Or it could just be that random “upset” pick you need to throw in your bracket sometimes.

Utah/Seton Hall: Winner-Seton Hall

Seton Hall has been on a roll recently, upsetting Villanova to win the Big East tournament. With momentum on their side, they should be able to escape this second round game, but it won’t be easy. Both Seton Hall and Utah are 29 and 30 respectively in the BPI rankings, which should make for a fun and intense game.

“Sweet Sixteen”:

Virginia/Purdue: Winner- Purdue

Virginia might have a great defense; only allowing 59.7 PPG as a team. But, Purdue has a powerhouse of an offense, scoring 77.7 points per game. In addition to that, Purdue has the 7 foot tall defensive player of the year A.J. Hammons in the paint to help create chaos for the Cavaliers. Put Hammons together with the assortment of jump-shooters that Purdue has, and Virginia doesn’t stand a chance.

“Elite Eight”:

Oklahoma/Baylor: Winner- Baylor

The wheels of the “Sooner Schooner” fall off in the elite eight, as Player of the Year Candidate Buddy Hield and company are going to fall to the Baylor Bears; effectively ending their season.

“Final Four”:

Kansas/Baylor: Winner- Kansas

Kansas is a dominant program and a dominant team, especially this year against the Baylor Bears. The Jayhawks are going to have a tough road ahead of them during the tournament, but they should be able to continue their winning streak against the Bears in the Final Four; (Jayhawks currently 3-0 against Baylor).

North Carolina/Michigan State: Winner- North Carolina

North Carolina comes into the Tournament as the outright #1 favorite over everyone, and will most likely be facing the red-hot Spartans for a chance to move on to the Championship. This will without-a-doubt be the closest game of the tournament, but I see North Carolina escaping by a hair with the W.

National Championship Game:

North Carolina/Kansas: Winner- North Carolina

After a long, and treacherous season, we have finally made it to the Championship! It will be two storied programs, and two Hall-of-Fame coaches facing off for the right to be called the 2015-2016 NCAA Tournament Champions. Now, I completely take back what I said about the North Carolina/Michigan State game; THIS will be the closest game of the tournament. With all due respect, this might go down as an instant classic! But UNC, with the BEST BPI in all of College Basketball, will somehow find a way to drop the Jayhawks, and be crowned Tournament Champions!

Thank you very much for reading this, and if you would like to see the full bracket, you can look below here;

Blog Bracket

Also, keep an eye out for JMalec and JArcher’s brackets!

THANKS TO:

http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2016/en/bracket?metricSource=mem_module (All Matchups, and stats were found throughout the different features of this blank bracket.)

 

 

Lovie Smith Will Make University Of Illinois Football Top 25 In Two Years

It has become official; Lovie Smith is now the new Head Coach for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini football program. Smith, for those who may not know, brings an 89-87 career record (.506) to the University of Illinois after 9 seasons as Head Coach of Chicago and 2 seasons as Head Coach of Tampa Bay; according to pro-football-reference.com. He will be taking over as Head Coach of the team after the firing of Coach Bill Cubit from the position. This is a monumental step for the Fighting Illini football program, and they are ready to take the next step toward becoming a force in College Football.

Lovie Smith is now walking into a football program that is and has been in dire need for some kind of light to bring them from the darkness. This program hasn’t had a winning season since 2011, and hasn’t ended the season ranked since 2007. But this will all change with the acquisition of Lovie Smith, who has a history of turning teams around quickly with his style of coaching, especially helping the young players make that transfer into the NFL.

An example of this would be during his recent tenure in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers. During his time there, Smith was able to help bring this young team from 2 wins his first year to 6 wins his second year. And, if management didn’t end up letting him go after only his second year, he would have ABSOLUTELY brought Tampa to the playoffs in either year 3 or year 4. In edition to that, his teachings to young Jameis Winston were crucial in his development into a starter in the league, as well as a Pro Bowl selection in his very first year.

So what needs to happen in these next two years? Lovie Smith needs a chance to be able to bring in his own recruiting class and develop them into starters for the program. With the prestige that he has built in the game of football, the name Lovie Smith itself will be able to draw some top talent from around the country to Illinois. So once Smith get’s a chance to recruit, University of Illinois will see one of their best recruit classes in a very long time. But, until then, I will project the Fighting Illini to improve to 8 wins next season with the current roster that they have. Lovie will be able to walk into the program over the offseason and help add 3 wins overall to this team after a somewhat dismal 2015.

In result, the Illinois Fighting Illini are going to help make the Big 10 an even stronger conference. They will be competing with the reoccurring juggernauts of Ohio State and Michigan State, the rising teams of Michigan and Iowa, and the up-and-down teams of Northwestern and Wisconsin. As the Illini continue to build there program back up to relevancy, we will be seeing an even stronger Big 10 conference, and an even closer race to the championship for years to come.

 

THANK YOU:

“Illinois Fighting Illini.” College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Fox Sports Engage Network, 2016. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. <http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/illinois/&gt;.
“Lovie Smith Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks | Pro-Football-Reference.com.” Pro-Football-Reference.com. Fox Sports Engage Network, 2016. Web. 09 Mar. 2016. <http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/SmitLo0.htm&gt;.