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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 depth chart... subject to 25 changes before September. … [Read More...]


Looks Like University Of Illinois – Ricky Smalling

Let me just start with this. Using the composite rankings, the highest ranked player to pick Illinois last year was TE Zarrian Holcombe, who ranked #704 nationally. … [Read More...]


Pick My Post – The 1998 Illini Basketball Team

It's been a while since we played Pick My Post.  I put out the call on Twitter, you give me ideas for a post, I write it and have it posted in less than an hour (not … [Read More...]

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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...]

Spring Mailbag IV

I should add some teases to these before-the-jump intros so's I can get me some CLICKS. You won't believe what these Illini football players look like today - #6 WILL BLOW YOUR MIND! … [Read More...]

Spring Mailbag III

More mailbaggery as spring ball winds to a close.  One more practice on Tuesday and then Lovie dives head first into recruiting recruiting recruiting. This first one is from an email: … [Read More...]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Hardy Nickerson Jr.

Easily the biggest Illini player personnel moment since Ke'Shawn Vaughn grabbed the Illini hat at that press conference.  Just a gigantic commitment. Yes, he's a fifth year transfer, so he'll only have one season, but still, there are going to be a lot of Tom … [Read More...]

Spring Mailbag II

I'm going to cheat and use a tweet about Dre Brown from last night as my first "mailbag" question. Because I need to talk about it. Because talking about it can bring healing. Maybe. … [Read More...]

Spring Mailbag I

See, now this is making me sad because I usually only do two mailbags per year - Spring and Rantoul - and now the Rantoul mailbag won't be named the Rantoul mailbag. I really need to get over this. It's like Camp Rantoul was my child or something. OK, on … [Read More...]

Post-Practice Interviews

Four very different interviews here.  Talking hair (and offensive line) with Austin Schmidt, then "can you maybe be our punt returner as a true freshman?" with incoming recruit MJ McGriff, then "hands look good" with Andrew Davis, and finally "so recruiting, … [Read More...]

Starting From Scratch

I watch a lot of Illini football playing against Illini football.  Spring practices, Rantoul (*snif*), I've dedicated a lot of my life to watching the Illini play the Illini.  So when there's a scrimmage like this, I usually go by general feel. My … [Read More...]

How To Watch Practice

So it's not a "Spring Game" on Saturday, it's an "Open Practice".  What does that mean?  Should you still go?  This post is an attempt to explain what "Open Practice" means. As for whether you should still go, I answer that with LOVIE SMITH. … [Read More...]

Pick Another Post: The Big Ten In 2021

I liked another one of the questions from the other night so very much that I decided to break my own Pick My Post rules and Pick Two Posts. This topic: every Big Ten team five years from today. … [Read More...]

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