Sign language: Illinois Fighting Illini
August, 2, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
New Illinois coach Tim Beckman made the acronym ONE the motto for the football program after his arrival.
He made wristbands for all football personnel, and also included signs around the complex displaying ONE -- Operation New Era.
Operation is a military reference, and Beckman considers each week a battle for his team. The sign contains logos of each of Illinois' 12 regular-season opponents, and the goal is to have a 13th battle, for the Big Ten championship on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis. The "new era" element signifies the new chapter of Illinois football under Beckman.
The ONE wristbands are worn on the right wrist and contain the date of the 2012 Big Ten title game.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52 Final 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 28