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Illini Players React to Cubit News

In what came as a shock to fans and media, the news about Bill Cubit's sudden firing just days before the start of spring football may have been most surprising to the players, many of which found out about the news via social media.

It's been a roller coaster of a last 12 months for Illinois football.  Accusations, investigations, uncertainty, an interim coach made full time on an oft-criticized deal, an AD fired, a new AD hired.  The train kept-a-rollin' on Saturday when news broke that new Illini AD Josh Whitman intended to relieve Bill Cubit of his duties as head coach at Illinois.  

The move was sudden and abrupt, but understandable if Whitman wants to create his own department and rebuild what he feels is burdened with the weight of months past.  And from the sound of things, the players and recruits alike had no idea it was coming.

RS-So. QB Chayce Crouch

So. RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn:

RS-So. WR Mikey Dudek:

OL Joe Spencer:

WR signee MJ McGriff:

DB signee Stanley Green:

TE Caleb Reams:

JUCO Early Enrollee CB Ahmari Hayes:

Graduating OL Ted Karras:

Former TE Matt LaCosse:

K signee James McCourt:

QB Early-enrollee Eli Peters:

Some players weren't as shocked by the news, including a few of the players who transferred out due to what they felt was preferential or unfair treatment by Cubit.

WR Marchie Murdock:

LB BJ Bello:


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The move was sudden and abrupt, but understandable if Whitman wants to create his own department and rebuild what he feels is burdened with the weight of months past.  And from the sound of things, the players and recruits alike had no idea it was coming.

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RS-So. QB Chayce Crouch

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I'm refreshing my Twitter feed for updates on my own football team for crucial information this is crazy

\n— Chayce Crouch (@teccrouch7) March 5, 2016
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So. RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn:

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Haven't Even Been On Campus A Full Year & Have Had 2 Head Coaches. Now Going On Number 3.

\n— KE'SHAWN VAUGHN (@SpeedKe5) March 5, 2016
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RS-So. WR Mikey Dudek:

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Love finding out about this through Twitter. https://t.co/vl1TD6qVVq

\n— Mikey Dudek (@MDFlash_7) March 5, 2016
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OL Joe Spencer:

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Thank You to @CoachCubit A Great Man and Coach. Forever Thankful for the Opportunities He Gave to Me #Illini

\n— Joseph Spencer (@IlliniJoe71) March 5, 2016
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WR signee MJ McGriff:

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Woooooooooooooooow

\n— Mj McGriff (@McGr8ness) March 5, 2016
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DB signee Stanley Green:

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I Find This Out Via Twitter ..... Ok

\n— Stanley Green JR. (@Stantheanimal) March 5, 2016
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TE Caleb Reams:

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Learned all this through Twitter, still in shock

\n— Caleb Reams (@SirClutch97) March 5, 2016
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JUCO Early Enrollee CB Ahmari Hayes:

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Bruh what? Our head coach they just signed for a two year contract already fired? Well we as players still gotta ball the f*** out

\n— Ahmari Hayes (@Luckynmber11) March 5, 2016
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Graduating OL Ted Karras:

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I love you Bill, Tim, Vic, and Ron!

\n— Teddy Karras (@_teddy_k) March 5, 2016
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Former TE Matt LaCosse:

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Not a smart move for the new AD. Letting go of a great coach

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K signee James McCourt:

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Wtf....

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QB Early-enrollee Eli Peters:

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Are you kidding me...

\n— Eli Peters (@the_eli_peters) March 5, 2016
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Some players weren't as shocked by the news, including a few of the players who transferred out due to what they felt was preferential or unfair treatment by Cubit.

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WR Marchie Murdock:

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Lol.....

\n— Marchie Madness (@KingMarch2) March 5, 2016
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LB BJ Bello:

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#MikeBellamy for head coach!

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It's been a roller coaster of a last 12 months for Illinois football. Accusations, investigations, uncertainty, an interim coach made full time on an oft-criticized deal, an AD fired, a new AD hired. The train kept-a-rollin' on Saturday when news broke that new Illini AD Josh Whitman intended to relieve Bill Cubit of his duties as head coach at Illinois.

Statement from @IlliniAD on dismissal of Bill Cubit at #Illini football coach. pic.twitter.com/DlIMpq8Umi

— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) March 5, 2016

The move was sudden and abrupt, but understandable if Whitman wants to create his own department and rebuild what he feels is burdened with the weight of months past. And from the sound of things, the players and recruits alike had no idea it was coming.

RS-So. QB Chayce Crouch

I'm refreshing my Twitter feed for updates on my own football team for crucial information this is crazy

— Chayce Crouch (@teccrouch7) March 5, 2016

So. RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn:

Haven't Even Been On Campus A Full Year & Have Had 2 Head Coaches. Now Going On Number 3.

— KE'SHAWN VAUGHN (@SpeedKe5) March 5, 2016

RS-So. WR Mikey Dudek:

Love finding out about this through Twitter. https://t.co/vl1TD6qVVq

— Mikey Dudek (@MDFlash_7) March 5, 2016

OL Joe Spencer:

Thank You to @CoachCubit A Great Man and Coach. Forever Thankful for the Opportunities He Gave to Me #Illini

— Joseph Spencer (@IlliniJoe71) March 5, 2016

WR signee MJ McGriff:

Woooooooooooooooow

— Mj McGriff (@McGr8ness) March 5, 2016

DB signee Stanley Green:

I Find This Out Via Twitter ..... Ok

— Stanley Green JR. (@Stantheanimal) March 5, 2016

TE Caleb Reams:

Learned all this through Twitter, still in shock

— Caleb Reams (@SirClutch97) March 5, 2016

JUCO Early Enrollee CB Ahmari Hayes:

Bruh what? Our head coach they just signed for a two year contract already fired? Well we as players still gotta ball the f*** out

— Ahmari Hayes (@Luckynmber11) March 5, 2016

Graduating OL Ted Karras:

I love you Bill, Tim, Vic, and Ron!

— Teddy Karras (@_teddy_k) March 5, 2016

Former TE Matt LaCosse:

Not a smart move for the new AD. Letting go of a great coach

— Matt LaCosse (@Mattylac11) March 5, 2016

K signee James McCourt:

Wtf....

— James McCourt (@McCourtJ_38) March 5, 2016

QB Early-enrollee Eli Peters:

Are you kidding me...

— Eli Peters (@the_eli_peters) March 5, 2016

Some players weren't as shocked by the news, including a few of the players who transferred out due to what they felt was preferential or unfair treatment by Cubit.

WR Marchie Murdock:

Lol.....

— Marchie Madness (@KingMarch2) March 5, 2016

LB BJ Bello:

#MikeBellamy for head coach!

— BJ Bello (@bj_bello) March 5, 2016

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