"Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau was arrested late Sunday in Zionsville on suspicion of drunken driving and intimidating a police officer."
Jack Trudeau is in some trouble right now. On Sunday night, the former Fighting Illini quarterback was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, public intoxication, and intimidation of a police officer. According to Boone County Jail records, he registered a 0.31 blood-alcohol content--that's nearly 4x the legal limit of 0.08.
Trudeau was the starting QB of Illinois' 1984 Rose Bowl team and he earned All-Big Ten honors that season and again in 1985. He went on to be drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft and played professionally until 1995.
"The Illini aren't teeming with talent, but at least Beckman has some reliable veterans at key positions on the team. Quarterback Wes Lunt should be better in his second year in Bill Cubit's system and really just needs to stay healthy to put up big numbers."
On Monday, ESPN's Brian Bennett outlined Illinois' roster and gave arguments both for and against a possible return trip to a bowl game. He highlights the returning cast, relatively easy schedule as two things going in the team's favor. On the other end, he critiques the defense--specifically the front seven--and discusses the player mistreatment allegations.
"I just find that really hard to believe - that's not the Matt that I knew," said Sanford Zensen, Bollant's former boss. "We had no indication of any such thing - in fact, we had just the opposite with him."
Matt Bollant received an endorsement from Bryan College athletic director Sanford Zensen, his former employer. The Illini women's coached was at Bryan from 2002-2007; he compiled a record of 134-36, including three conference titles and a NAIA Sweet 16 appearance.
However Zensen mostly ignored his tremendous on-court results in an interview with The Daily Illini. Instead, he choose to focus on his relationships with players and other employees of the program. This obviously won't mean much in the eyes of the investigators looking into the alleged player mistreatment allegations, but it's puzzling how two groups of players could have such drastic differences in their playing experiences under Bollant.
The Big Ten Network and ESPN have released their picks for the 2015 volleyball season, selecting a total of six Fighting Illini matches to air live on their networks this fall.
Illinois women's volleyball will be getting plenty of time on national television this season. Matches against Colorado, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Penn State have been picked up by the Big Ten Network. Illinois' trip to Purdue will also be broadcasted by ESPN 2. Here's some more information:
Illinois on TV:
Saturday, Sept. 5 - Illinois vs. Colorado (Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge) - BTN - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25 - Illinois at Maryland - BTN - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30 - Illinois at Wisconsin - BTN - 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9 - Penn State at Illinois - BTN - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17 - Nebraska at Illinois - BTN - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25 - Illinois at Purdue - ESPN2 - Noon