A Lion Eye



May is almost over.  Which means my yearly "I kinda take the month off from writing" month is almost over.  Typically, at the beginning of June, I'm writing about two things: current football recruits and summer basketball recruiting.  Today?  Today, with both, I'm impatient.  … [Read More...]



Pick My Post – 2011 Defense

I need to think about other things. I spend all my time thinking about investigations and official statements and accusations tweeted as headlines - I need to think … [Read More...]



Looks Like University Of Illinois – Mike Thorne Jr.

Six weeks ago, Jalen Coleman-Lands was probably the odds-on favorite for Big Ten Freshman of the Year. There was only one player, a raw PF headed to MSU, ranked … [Read More...]

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NCAA Baseball: Illinois at Missouri

The Road to Omaha

Who’s ready for postseason baseball at Illinois Field? For the first time in two decades, the Fighting Illini will play host to postseason games on their home turf. (literally!) Tickets have sold briskly, with only General Admission seats remaining for … [Read More...]


Be Somebody

I'm in the Smoky Mountains right now.  Little weekend getaway with my wife and some friends.  We went into Gatlinburg today, walked around, and found a College Colors shop. Not finding any Illini gear reminded me of our one goal right now: be … [Read More...]


Fill it up again!

After the Illini’s 27-game winning streak ended last night/this morning, I (Ben) felt like Will Ferrell aka Frank the Tank after his wife and her friends have happened upon him streaking in the film “Old School.” “We were streaking. Everybody was doing … [Read More...]


No “Rush To Judgment”

I spoke with Athletic Director Mike Thomas today. And while interviewing him, I realized one thing: why am I speaking to Mike Thomas? We all want answers right now, but I realized while talking to him that those answers probably shouldn't come from him. And … [Read More...]

September 20, 2014: Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman talks with Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Ralph Cooper (42) and defensive back Zepheniah Grimes (33) during the game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Texas State Bobcats at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL.

Caught In Suspension

I'm an Aston Villa fan. (Soccer, England.) Villa is probably third behind Illini football and Illini basketball for me right now. NFL/MLB/NHL/NBA? I only partially care, while my Villa fandom grows and grows. This past week, with Illini football in the … [Read More...]



For the past 72 hours I've been struggling to understand exactly what we're talking about. Are these accusations of abuse? Is it the "forced to play with an injury" thing? A players MRI that wasn't paid for? A player not being allowed to see his father? The … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

My Observations

I've now written three posts on the Simon Cvijanvoic situation. This will be the first one I publish. Probably. Maybe. This first one was too soft. The second one was too hard. If this one isn't juust right, I give up. So here's my attempt to describe … [Read More...]

NCAA Baseball: Illinois at Missouri

The Klaw and Tyler Jay

Got an e-mail from Robert saying “here I am asking for a second article already, feel free to tell me to get bent.” But as I told Robert, he read my mind! I want to make sure Dan Hartleb, his staff and his team get recognized for such an outstanding run in the … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Illini Orange and Blue Spring Game 2015

Football Mailbag – Part II

"Hey everyone, send me questions." "OK, Robert, here are our questions!" {life gets in the way} (five days later) "Hey everyone, here's the second part of the mailbag, posted at 7:30 on a Saturday evening!." … [Read More...]

NCAA Baseball: Illinois at Missouri


The one thing at the center of all IlliniBoard "hirings": passion.  We look for passionate people.  Craig & Steve love Illini football. Tyler loves Illini basketball.  Robert loves himself. And Ben loves Illini baseball.  So welcome Ben, everyone, our … [Read More...]

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