ST. LOUIS -- Last year was last year, Illinois constantly reminded everyone this past offseason.
The Illini insisted they were moving on and not looking back. They disposed of the coaches they needed to and replaced them with experienced and successful coordinators, making the offense and defense better accordingly, they said. They were also introducing a new young talent at quarterback and welcoming back their stud linebacker from injury.
All of it meant the 2010 season would be different. There was no reason to reflect on 2009.
But after Illinois lost its season opener 23-13 to Missouri at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Saturday, last year did come up.