We’d Better

I’m fully, 100%, totally, unequivocally in “it’s time to put up or shut up” mode today. I’m working on this football preview and all I can see are junior-leapers. I’m looking over the basketball schedule and all I can see are “we’d better win that one” games. The last three years have been ugly. We’d better get better. [Read more…]

Dumbed-Down

What a difference a year makes.  Last year at this time I was writing about how the visits being set up in the fall in Champaign were unprecedented.  Multiple five-stars setting visits in Champaign. A year later and I’m not sure we’ll have even half of the visits we had last year.  And all of the prospects are fringe top-100.  Expectations = dumbed-down. [Read more…]

Freshman (Basketball) Jersey Number Day

I normally don’t write this post.  Football always has at least 20 new numbers – last year basketball had two.  So while I do enjoy basketball number discussion (such as “Aaron Cosby will be wearing Dee’s number??” a few years ago), I don’t get the same excitement as I do for football FJND. These numbers tho…

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Basketball Recruiting

I mean, if you want to talk about attention-grabbing headlines, this is it. This is the kind of stuff that might get me hired at the New York Times. “Robert, we need a headline for this new Kim Kardashian story.” “How about ‘Kardashian Story’, sir?” “BRILLIANT”.

This is a basketball recruiting post. I will now discuss basketball recruiting. [Read more…]

Impatient

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…]

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 ahead of him. Then Indiana, Maryland, and Michigan State all added five-star bigs.  Which means two things: JCL is now the fifth best frosh, and we really need someone to guard all these bigs. Enter Mike Thorne Jr. [Read more…]

My Final REPORT on COLBERT

Get it? It’s my final REPORT on Austin COLBERT.  My last COLBERT REPORT.  Get it? See, there was this… you know what nevermind.  Austin Colbert is leaving the basketball program, so my dreams of a senior year Chris Gandy (or maybe even a WarCat) are dashed.  So with Colbert gone, what do we do with his scholarship? [Read more…]

Pick My Post – Kool-Aid Edition

Wasn’t sure what to write about before heading to Chicago tomorrow for football practice so I tossed out one of my Pick My Post tweets.  The second and fourth responses were very similar, so that’s what I picked.  And because I (stupidly) restrict myself to 45 minutes for Pick My Post posts, I need to get started.  Here we go: [Read more…]

If This Blog Existed Ten Years Ago Today…

It’s almost 4:00 am.  I haven’t slept.  I might not sleep.  I’m pretty sure it’s Easter right now, and I’m pretty sure I’m due at my fiance’s house at 9:00 to pick her up before church, but I just had the craziest night of my life.  The best win in Illinois history – that’s was this was, our best win ever – and I didn’t get to watch it until 12:30 in the morning.  Let me explain… [Read more…]

PG & C

Did my best to avoid the NCAA Tournament the last four days.  Avoided the blog entirely, too.  Felt like I needed three full days to clear my head.  I organized the home office, took the dog for several walks, went to a dinner party – pretty much avoided all things sports.  With my now clear-ish head, I think I’m ready to evaluate this basketball season. [Read more…]