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Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby docabel » Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:46 pm

Was announced today that he is headed to Illinois to coach OLBs
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby HubbaHubba » Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:17 pm

Seems like quite a demotion. Makes me think he was on his way out anyhow. Defense just did not look well coached too many times last year.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby PonyPride » Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:29 pm

From Illinois football's twitter account:

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Welcome to the #Illini, associate head coach/outside linebackers coach Kevin Kane!

Maybe not. Big 10 money probably pays associate head coaches pretty well.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby PonyPride » Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:33 pm

Turns out he also has a past relationship with new Illinois head coach Bret Bielema

Kevin Kane Named Associate Head Coach/OLB Coach

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois head football coach Bret Bielema today named Kevin Kane to his staff as associate head coach/outside linebackers coach.

"It is a pleasure to name Kevin Kane as the final addition of our coaching staff at the University of Illinois," Bielema said. "I first hired Kevin as a defensive graduate assistant and now I've seen his career grow, develop and flourish in the coaching profession as an assistant coach as well as a coordinator. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff at Illinois. Kevin is originally from the Kansas City area and will be a great addition to our recruiting staff and in developing the young men in our program."

Kane reunites with Bielema following three seasons leading a stingy defense at SMU as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

"I am fired up to get back to Illinois and work with Coach B," Kane said. "I've previously coached in the state of Illinois and worked for Coach B, and I know we will have success here. He has hired a great group of coaches and staff who know what it takes to recruit, coach and develop young men on and off the field. It's a great time to be at Illinois and I'm more than excited to be a part of it."

To read this press release in its entirety, CLICK HERE.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby peruna81 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:27 pm

Well, good for him.

I am glad we have coaches that are on other folks radar.

BTW, has Van got a job yet?
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby SMU_Alum11 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:42 pm

Yikes, I thought Kane was far superior to Riley when it came to coordinators. I hope we are able to find someone but Kane made us actually have a defense relative to past coordinators.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby Charleston Pony » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:15 am

Have to trust in Sonny on this. At least SMU isn't the "career ruining" destination it once was. Would love to see someone hired who could bring a few studs via the transfer portal to help bolster a defense that remains in need of talent.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby MiracleOnMockingbird » Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:30 am

SMU_Alum11 wrote:Yikes, I thought Kane was far superior to Riley when it came to coordinators. I hope we are able to find someone but Kane made us actually have a defense relative to past coordinators.


Perhaps Brent Venables has a lookalike brother who's available, or there is another Stoops brother out there that no one knows about.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby docabel » Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:23 pm

MiracleOnMockingbird wrote:
SMU_Alum11 wrote:Yikes, I thought Kane was far superior to Riley when it came to coordinators. I hope we are able to find someone but Kane made us actually have a defense relative to past coordinators.


Perhaps Brent Venables has a lookalike brother who's available, or there is another Stoops brother out there that no one knows about.


Looks like Mike Stoops is leaving Alabama with Sark to coach LBs at ut.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby Terry Webster » Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:49 pm

There are some pretty good candidates on the radar already.
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby HubbaHubba » Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:31 pm

SMU_Alum11 wrote:Yikes, I thought Kane was far superior to Riley when it came to coordinators. I hope we are able to find someone but Kane made us actually have a defense relative to past coordinators.


Yikes, how many more points would the powerhouse ECU have scored with one of those other DCs?
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby numero_uno » Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:27 pm

Now that Stoops isn't going to Texas, would he be a good fit here?
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Re: Kevin Kane to Illinois

Postby SMU_Alum11 » Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:36 am

HubbaHubba wrote:
SMU_Alum11 wrote:Yikes, I thought Kane was far superior to Riley when it came to coordinators. I hope we are able to find someone but Kane made us actually have a defense relative to past coordinators.


Yikes, how many more points would the powerhouse ECU have scored with one of those other DCs?


Its one game but Kane and crew had to keep us in every game since Reggie went down. I was really disappointed how bad the coordinating job was being handled on offense. I really hope that lit a fire under him and we can get a decent DC. Worry though is sonny possibly bolting means we have to keep things on pause.
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