On Wednesday, Fighting Illini football updated their roster to reflect 25 newcomers to the program. Obviously, the main takeaway here is that we finally have a new list of uniform numbers. The two graduate transfers -- Hardy Nickerson Jr. and Gimel President -- have been assigned No. 10 and No. 14, respectively. Highlighted by De'le Harding, the 23 members of the freshmen class have also received their numbers; you can check them all out in the below graphic.
We'll see if this changes under new leadership, but the Fighting Illini recently stopped selling retail versions of jerseys that featured numbers of key players (i.e. Josh Ferguson's old No. 6). So, in all likelihood, fans will only be able to purchase a sweet Rob Bain/Zarrian Holcombe No. 16 uniform this Fall. Lame, I know. But maybe they'll surprise us and offer up some Red Grange and/or Dick Butkus options.
Which uniform would you purchase if given the chance? What color would it be? Would you even spend the money on one this year? Let us know down in the comments.
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While injury history may have played a big factor in this decision, Powell instead pointed towards a lack of program stability as a driving force for his departure. That makes sense, considering he's had relationships with four different head coaches at Illinois.
The senior was dismissed from the program last month after pleading guilty to a single count of misdemeanor battery; he was accused of hitting a woman in the head, pushing her to the ground, and pouring water on her.
According to Athlon Sports, he isn't. The website's staff recently ranked him as the No. 65 head coach in the country. That obviously seems quite low, but I guess it makes sense because he hasn't coached at his level yet.
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