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Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:20 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Coachless 6-7 UCLA and coachless 6-6 Illinois's matchup in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has been panned as one of the least intriguing of the bowl season from the day it was announced, and the Bruins haven't seemed particularly interested in the game themselves, skipping out on practice and having four players miss the game through academic and team rules issues. But just to prove they can match their opponent step-for-step in indifference as well as lack of regular season wins, the Illini have now also announced a major absence from the game.

The player in question is leading rusher Jason Ford, who the Illini have confirmed will be academically ineligible for the bowl and will not make the trip to San Francisco. The announcement ends the career of Ford, a senior with 1,962 rushing yards.

Reserve wide receiver Jake Kumerow will also miss the game through academics. 

Ford appeared in at least 12 games all four years of his Illini career but had to wait to wait until the 2011 season for a chance as the featured back thanks to Mikel LeShoure. While Ford's total of 600 yards and 7 touchdowns led the Illini in both categories this year, an expected breakout season failed to materialize as Ford reached the 100-yard mark just one time (vs. Penn State) and averaged just 3.9 yards per-carry. His 26 career rushing touchdowns do place him second on the Illinois all-time list in that category.

Ford will likely be replaced by fellow senior Troy Pollard, who totaled 462 yards this season but on only 62 carries, a 7.5 yard average.

 
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Not just this player. But UCLA and Illinoi's should not be playing in any bowl period. UCLA no head coach 6-7 record speaks for itself. The Illini no coach lost 6 in a row to become 6-6 what a game.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

That's awesome, come down to coaching!  Two teams without head coaches......lol.

What a waste of time to even operate this game and Kraft Foods should be embarrassed to have their name associated with it; talk about a bad use of sponsorship dollars for branding your product.  Come and enjoy Kraft Foods where we believe that quality starts at,
.500 and can even be as low as .460.  It's a good thing that Kraft Mac N Cheese is such a staple food item that nobody will stop eating it inspite of their poor judgement in sponsoring the loser bowl.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Illinois loses 6 games in a row and they make a bowl? How many teams are there that deserved to go to a bowl and didnt? Very sad.



The real problem is that there are just too m any bowl games that you have to put 6-6 and 6-7 teams in the game just to have the game.  I don't care is you finished with 6 wins or 6 losses in a row -- 6 and 6 should not get you in any bowl game.  I hope I win the lottery some day, then I'm going to start the "My Backyard Bowl" and get a couple 6-6 teams to play at my house.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:12 am
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Illinois loses 6 games in a row and they make a bowl? How many teams are there that deserved to go to a bowl and didnt? Very sad.




Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:37 am
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Face it this game will come down to COACHING!!!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

I think old Jason is the only smart dude in this whole story. San Francisco is great, but not in late December. My sources are saying that Dick Butkus will guide the Illini while Bill Walton has been asked to be honorary captain of the Bruins. The latest news from Vegas is saying that the books are no longer accepting any wagers on the game as no one is quite sure if either squad will show up.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:51 am
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Did you just seriously say that is the NCAA caused USC not to play in the Pac 12 championship game? I think USC caused USC not to play.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

SL: UCLA is in this game with a 6-7 record because they wound up in the Pac-12 ccg because USC is on probation.  They petitioned the NCAA to play in the bowl game and the NCAA granted them a waiver.  They should never have been in that ccg game, so really should have ended the season 6-6, which would have made them eligible for a bowl.  The NCAA apparently agreed, and after all, it was the NCAA that caused the problem by prohibiting USC from being in the ccg.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Big Daddy, I couldn't agree more...they could limit the number of bowl games simply by requiring a winning record...which would be 7-5 for most teams.  There is no justification for a 6-6 team going to a bowl.  When they established the 6 win requirement for bowl participation, the season consiste of only 11 games, so a 6-5 record WAS a winning record. 

They still allowed 6-win teams to go bowling after going to a 12 game season, but at first, they couldn't count games against Div1AA teams (FCS nowadays).  Then, they watered it down even more by allowing one win over an FCS team to count as one of the six.  So really, a team only has to beat 5 FBS teams to qualify.  Figure 4 non-conf cupcakes (including a FCS team), and a school only has to win two conference games to go bowling!  So an SEC team like Kentucky, for instance, can squeak out a win over MSU and Ole Miss, for instance, and qualify.  It's really stupid. 

Require 7 wins and don't count FCS wins, and you immediately cut the qualifying teams down to about 15-20 bowl games instead of 35.


goodmingto
Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:59 pm
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