Covering the Land of Lincoln

What head coach Bret Bielema said about Michigan State

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is two games away from clinching the Big Ten West.

The No. 14-ranked Illini (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) are coming off of a 26-9 win at Nebraska and host Michigan State (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten) at 2:30 pm Saturday (Big Ten networks). Illinois can clinch the West with wins in its next two games: Michigan State and Purdue.

Illinois has won the last two games against the Spartans, who have four players suspended after a physical altercation following Saturday’s loss to Michigan.

Here’s what Illinois head coach Bret Bielema said on Monday from the press box on the eighth floor of Memorial Stadium during his weekly press conference.

Opening statement

Bielema: “Obviously we’re getting closer and closer to a sold-out situation. I’ve been told there are a couple thousand student tickets as well as regular admission. The more we can make that place get crazy, and obviously I’m not one to look ahead but the Purdue game will be a senior game and our last home game of the season. Everybody who wants to get into that mix, we’d love to have you here with us and put a huge emphasis on that.

“Josh McCray was cleared for the game. Coming out of it, he felt good. I talked to him last night so he’ll have a full week of preparation. I feel good where he’s at. A couple of our tight ends: Michael Marchese and Tip Reiman both should be cleared and with us here midway through the week to get where they need to be on Saturday. From a pure medical standpoint, should be full go on Saturday for Michigan State on Saturday. Excited about that, we’re they’re at. Continued to see a lot of good things coming off the field. Probably in the last 24-48 outs, (sports information director Brett Moore) and I have had several people from national awards (reach out). I’ve had a lot of guys on these award lists, so I’ve developed a personal relationship with people who are involved in these and the things they’re saying and questions they’re asking. To have four players up for national awards, obviously Chase (Brown) for the Heisman. Just in the last 24 hours from ESPN and other groups who promote and organize that award reaching out for any information, footage, verbiage, it’s a positive sign in the right direction. Chase Brown for Heisman and every other award, I’d scream it as loud as I can. I think he’s playing at an extreme high level.

Comments are closed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More