Illinois is coming off consecutive losses, 17-7 to Ohio State and 21-14 to Purdue. This after a 6-0 start and top 20 ranking. The Illini have dropped from the rankings since.
How are the players handling this?
According to John Supinie, of The State Journal-Register, the bandwagon has gotten easier to pull.
Life hasn’t changed much for sophomore quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase despite two straight Illinois losses that have initiated concerns from outside the locker room about the potential for a five-game losing streak
“My teachers were still nice to me,” Scheelhaase said Monday after practice on the Memorial Stadium turf. “I still had a seat in class. People were sitting around me and talking to me. I didn’t feel any differently. In my mind, everyone knows we can bounce back. If they don’t, then they’ll see.”
The catcalls began on Zook’s way to the locker room, and the bandwagon emptied in a hurry.
“It was new to have people on the bandwagon,” Scheelhaase said. “It was cool. It was nice. Maybe it was too nice. You never know.
“We’re not too worried about what other people are saying. We’re used to having kind of an empty bandwagon. It’s a little lighter to pull. It’s not that bad.”
I guess that’s one way to look at things. Find the silver lining. You still have a chair in class–you don’t have to stand in the corner. It’s easier to pull an empty bandwagon. Whatever works for you.