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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.


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:23 am

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

This just illustrates the need to eliminate some of these unnecessary Bowl Games.  This game was suppose to match the Army against a Pac 12 team, but the Army did not qualify.  The Pac 12 has this game as their #6 game, in their pecking order. ucla WAS THE #7 pAC 12 team because two teams went to BCS Games. The game is totally unnecessary.  70 teams play in bowl games.  That number should be cut to 60, if not fewer.  It makes no sense to have a game like this squeezed in between the Sun and Liberty Bowls and the Chick-fil-a bowl.  I guess they needed to give fans time to prepare for New Years Eve activities, and this is the time slot they decided to do that.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:22 am

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

Not a big deal in a meaningless game to bowl watchers. Pollard desrves to play just as much as Ford anyway. Drink heavily and turn this game on and take a nap. A real Yawner here.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:18 am

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

This "Bowl Game" is the poster child for the 'yep, we know, there are way to many Bowl games rewarding avg or mediocre collegiate football team performances....but who really cares since that's what we do in this country from the time athletes are eight years old'.  "Participation certificates" ONLY (no trophy)  and 'parting gifts' to the two head coaches that were fired are appropriate.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:40 pm

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

How is it that UCLA is even IN a bowl game?

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:38 pm

Illinois RB Jason Ford ineligible for bowl

I'm going to make sure I set my DVR for this game.  Just keeps getting better.  

Is Vegas even going to take bets on this game?  I have no idea what is going to happen in the game, and yet I still have almost zero interest.   

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