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16-8-4

OK not really. This is the yearly beginning-of-summer basketball recruiting post, but I can't use my normal format. In 2014, with Finke already on board leaving one remaining scholarship, I wrote a 4-2-1 post. I wanted to chase four specific players, get two to visit, and land one of them (we did - Leron Black). It's much harder to pull of for a class with six scholarships … [Read More...]

Football

Get A Handle

I can't figure it out. One morning I'll wake up and think "this might be one of our best defensive lines... ever".  The next morning: "the offensive scheme is so … [Read More...]

Basketball

Good Call

Three Illini basketball players arrested in one month. All three court cases are now resolved. The discipline decisions have been handed down for all three. And I … [Read More...]

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Baseball Photos

The Illini baseball season ended this weekend. They went into the final game needing a win over Michigan and a Maryland loss to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. We won, but so did Maryland, so the season is over. Our photographer Holly took in two of the … [Read More...]

Burst Of Basketball News

May is always and interesting time around here. It's usually the quietest month for Illini news, so each year I take this month as my blog vacation. Well, not really "vacation", but I write at about a third of my usual pace. Come June, I'll crank it up … [Read More...]

Looking Ahead

First off, sorry about the commenting issues. Brumby is working on it. I'm pretty sure Steve's Kentucky Derby preview that broke the site. *shakes fist* STEVE. Anyway, I took two months off from even thinking about basketball. Even though it's May (which is my … [Read More...]

Twenty Years

I graduated from The University Of Illinois twenty years ago today. The Clinton/Dole race was just getting underway, the Bulls had just finished 72-10, Tiger Woods was getting ready to turn professional, and UIUC actually handed me a diploma. What have these … [Read More...]

Recruiting Anxiety

I wrote last week about the parallels between football recruiting and basketball recruiting. Both give me anxiety. Basketball is understandable - we have six to give and we have to land a top-10 class. But football, even with Lovie just getting started, gives … [Read More...]

2016 Kentucky Derby Preview

Editor's note: If you follow Steve on Twitter you know that he has three passions: Illini football, Everton, and horse racing. Around here, we are all about letting people write out their passions. Even, sometimes, when it has nothing to do with Illinois … [Read More...]

Take Mom To Illini Night At Busch

Attn Cubs and Sox fans: This is the yearly post where I partner with the Cardinals to give away free tickets to Illini Night at Busch Stadium. So move on along to the depth chart post or something - we have some STL business to attend to. Specifically, giving … [Read More...]

Recruiting Parallels

I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that we're entering our most important recruiting window (for both football and basketball) in at least a decade. Recruiting is always important, but with the way next year's teams set up (seniors, seniors, and more … [Read More...]

Post-Spring Three Deep

This the least accurate depth chart I'll ever put together. We don't fully know the schemes yet (and we won't, really, until North Carolina), and we don't know which players fit those schemes (at least in the eyes of the coaches). So here's my post-spring … [Read More...]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Kendall Smith

Perhaps the biggest question facing Lovie Smith when it comes to recruiting: can he end ABI? Can he turn the tide so that recruits coming out of Chicago are no longer headed Anywhere But Illinois? His first move, landing Smalling and Smith (LLC), suggests … [Read More...]

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