QUESTION: True or false? The University of Illinois football team played its first ever game in Bloomington and hired its first coach from Normal?
ANSWER: Both of those are true. The Illini played its first game in Bloomington in 1890 and its coach was Scott Williams, of Normal. The Twin Cities have supplied two Illini coaches in its lifetime. Pete Elliott, who coached one of the greatest Illini of all time – middle linebacker Dick Butkus later of the Chicago Bears – was from Bloomington and with the Illini from 1960 to 1967.