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Craig Has The Scout – Youngstown State

It's hard to describe how excited I am about this: I've convinced Craig to join me in writing for the site. We discussed it in Rantoul and I asked him what would be his dream thing to write about. His response: breaking down what the opponents do. So each week for the next 12 weeks, Craig has the scout. … [Read More...]

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Everything I Know

So I kind of wrote a book. OK, it's not a book, but it's, like, A BOOK.  I wrote down every single thing I know about the 2014 Illini football team.  Emptied my … [Read More...]

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Fighting Illini Basketball Scrimmage

Unprecedented

It means nothing.  But it's never happened before, so it means something.  But if nothing comes from it, it didn't mean a thing.  Of course, if something comes from … [Read More...]

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NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 2

When You Wish Upon A Star

Sometimes, you simply discover a star. And because of that star, your whole team is better. Take the 2011 Illini. 59% of the reason that team went to a bowl and won it: Whitney Mercilus. Not just the 15.5 sacks, but the 22.5 tackles for loss and the nine … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Slapdash

Took another son to college yesterday.  We've been over this - I'm the world's oldest 41 year-old - and now I get to include "empty-nester" to the list.  This won't be another long personal post - I just wanted to point out the life milestone. World's most … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Post-Rantoul Three-Deep

This one was pretty easy.  As far as competitions for starting spots go, there's really only three open competitions right now: quarterback, of course (for a competition there wasn't much competing), right tackle (Pat Flavin or Christian DiLauro), and Leo … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XXV: Closing Thoughts

There's still one more day of Camp Rantoul - today - but I will not be there.  I've left the magical land of Rantoul, walked back through the wardrobe, and emerged on the other side to find an office and a desk and responsibilities.  But I still had the chance … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Rantoul 2014 XXIV: Camp Superlatives

I used to just name "biggest surprise" and "camp MVP" and such, but last year I expanded that to this: Camp Superlatives.  Just like your high school yearbook, only with football.  Who looked the best?  Who's the most talented?  I'll try to break down the full … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Rantoul 2014 XXIII: Five Interviews From Friday

Given that it was my last practice, I tried to get in as many interviews as I could. I hadn't talked to Jihad Ward yet, nor V'Angelo Bentley, and I really wanted to talk to Alex Hill. Tim Banks was one of the few coaches I hadn't talked to, so I chatted with … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XXII: The Good And The Bad

Every Camp Rantoul, no matter how good or bad a team looks, has the same conundrum: Does the offense look bad because the defense is solid? Is the only reason the defense looks so bad because this is an outstanding offense? Josh Ferguson untouched for the … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XXI: Friday Morning Interviews And Videos

I always make this assumption that people follow both the blog and Twitter feed, so sometimes I'll say something here but not say it there (and vice versa).  When I remember that's not the case, I remember to link some of those Twitter things here.  Such as … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XX: Change It Up

If there's one thing you don't want in Rantoul, it's complacency. Winning college football teams require each player to get better each day of fall camp. It really is amazing how far players can come in 4/5 years. In 2010, Earnest Thomas looked completely … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Rantoul 2014 XIX: Austin Teitsma and Tim Clary After Practice

For tonight's interviews, I decided to have some fun.  Austin Teitsma is always fun - not kidding, the kid never stops smiling - and Tim Clary is fun too.  So I decided to give Clary a hard time about tripping over the five yard line last year on the way to … [Read More...]

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