FOLD Week III – Centers/Guards

This right here – this is the spot where all of the medical scholarships hurt.  Medical scholarship means “player is no longer capable of playing football because of injuries so they get to keep a scholarship but are no longer on the roster nor do they count against the 85 scholarships”.  And we’ve had, what, five offensive linemen go medical scholarship the last four years? [Read more…]

FOLD Week II – The Tackles

Tonight – the tackles. Tomorrow – the guards. Then I head to Iowa City to drive through a snowstorm and watch us (hopefully) beat the Hawkeyes.  Then I drive home and get stuck in the snow.  Then I tweet something and some reader in the middle of nowhere brings me blankets and coffee.  [Read more…]

FOLD Week

It’s….. FOLD WEEK. FOLD stands for February Offensive Line Discussion week. About 5 years ago, I was mocked, nay, heckled on an Illini message board for starting a thread about the offensive line in February. Who could POSSIBLY want to talk about the Illini offensive line in FEBRUARY? Me. And I shall continue to do so during the last week of February every single year until I’m no longer on earth. [Read more…]

Football Slapdash

I have 37 minutes. I have several thoughts on several football things. Around here, we throw all of those jumbled thoughts together, try to make it appear as one coherent post, and call it “Slapdash”. [Read more…]

Point/Counterpoint: The Soldier Field Game

I love the idea of moving the Northwestern game to Soldier Field. Steve hates the idea. So I figured we could do a little point/counterpoint and then let you decide which side you’re on. I had hoped that Steve would pull a James Carville in Old School and simply respond with “I have no response – that was perfect”, but that didn’t happen.  Here’s our debate: [Read more…]

2015 Signing Day Summary

OK, so here’s part six of six. I wrote out all of my thoughts on Wednesday, then I cranked through four LLUIO posts, and now I’ll break it all down. My very first blog post in February 2009 broke down that recruiting class into five categories. I’ve done the same every year since. Here, finally, is that summary for 2016. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Ke’Shawn Vaughn

There’s so much to talk about here.  How did we pull this off?  How did we land such an outstanding tailback with such an outstanding offer list?  How much of an instant impact can he make?  And, perhaps most importantly, what Signing Day domino almost fell, putting this whole thing in doubt? [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Jamal Milan

This is fun. And exhausting. Fun in that I get to write this and two more LLUOI posts because Signing Day 2015 was amazing. Exhausting because I feel like I haven’t stopped writing since the Rutgers game on Tuesday night. But that’s fun. And exhausting. Because writing about landing our top defensive tackle target is fun. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Trenard Davis

I’m kind of obsessed with one thought today: what if David Reisner’s field goal was eight feet to the right? There’d be no bowl. There’d be no momentum. There’d probably be no strong close to the 2015 recruiting class. Which means Trenard Davis might be at Wisconsin or Pitt. Instead, Trenard Davis will be in Champaign. In the defensive backfield. Maybe even at safety. [Read more…]

Signing Day Breakdown 2015 (Part 1 of 6)

I had a different intro pre-written for this Signing Day post. A long rant about the star system – who you can trust and who you can’t.  But then recruits started picking up Illini hats like they were a sudden fashion trend and I tossed out everything I had written.  Instead, let’s discuss perhaps the best Signing Day morning in team history. [Read more…]