Jeff George Jr., the son of the legendary Illini quarterback, is transferring from the University of Illinois to play football at their Big 10 rival, the University of Michigan.

Illinois football fans haven't had a lot to cheer about for a long time.

The hopes and dreams of the program are in the hands of former Chicago Bears head coach, Lovie Smith.

As a casual fan, when I see stories like this one it makes me wonder about the direction of the team.

According to,

"Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. announced Wednesday he will transfer to Michigan."

On the surface, this looks bad for the school. The son of a former great is leaving to play for a rival. The Illini program must be horrible.

Doing a little research, I found out this actually might be a good thing.

"George, the son of former Illini great and NFL quarterback Jeff George, struggled with ineffective passing during his two seasons in Champaign. He will likely join the Wolverines as a walk-on."

Looks like it's better that he leaves on his own instead of being benched.

Does Lovie have a solution to the quarterback situation in Champaign?

According to,

"Illinois has landed the jewel of its 2019 recruiting class, getting a commitment from a five-star quarterback, Isaiah Williams. This could be a long-term solution to Illinois’ struggles at the position since coach Lovie Smith arrived in 2016."

Definitely sounds promising.


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