Let's ignore the Mike Thomas news for a moment, shall we? Let's just pretend that Illinois isn't a complete dumpster fire for like two minutes.
On Monday morning, the Big Ten Conference announced that Fighting Illini running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Vaughn recorded 203 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Purdue on Saturday; he carried the ball 16 times for 180 yards (an average of 11.3 yards per carry), including a 78-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Vaughn is the first member of the Illini to win the award since Mikey Dudek (September 8th, 2014).
Ok, back to the dumpster fire. We'll have more on the Illinois athletic director situation later this afternoon, including a list of potential candidates that can replace Mike Thomas.