90i #76: Julian Hylton

I know I’m behind on these. That’s why I took the bus today. 40 minutes each way to work, laptop in my lap, cranking out 90i posts. Actual free time! Now I just have to get caught up on all the LLOUI posts and then talk basketball recruiting and Malcolm Hill and Lift For Life… [Read more…]

90i #78: Justice Williams

((Spring of 2018)) “Who do you think will win the job at Star now that Crawford has graduated?” “JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL”. I will seriously need you people to place tweets on a tee for me the next five years.  So many justice quips and if he doesn’t redshirt I’ll only have four years to get them all in.  [Read more…]

90i #79: Julian Jones

I really am going to move forward with this whole “Truth, Justice, and The American Way” thing. I’m picturing the 2018 linebacking group to be Tre Watson at Mike, Julian Jones at Will, and Justice Williams at Star. So if Tre Watson is going to be “Truth”, then Julian Jones will be… The American Way. [Read more…]

Backlog

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy series’?  Have I mentioned how much I hate the burden of series’?  Right now I’m behind three 90i posts and three LLUOI posts.  Which usually means I’m frozen as a writer until I’m caught up. Today, with my first chance to write anything in 48 hours, I’m ignoring the series’ and writing about recruiting. For both sports. [Read more…]

Lift For Life 2015

As you may know by now, the Illini football players have taken up a cause: Acoustic Neuroma.  Teammate Andrew Carter was diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma – a tumor on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain – in 2011.  Since then, the players have raised money for research of this rare tumor.  Let’s help them raise some more. [Read more…]

90i #81: Harry Black

It’s “The 90 Illini” and there are only 85 scholarship players, so every year you’re going to see at least five walkons on the list. If we’re at 84 scholarships (which I think is our number right now but I’m never sure which walkons moved to scholarship), you’ll see six walkons. So here’s another walkon who made The 90 Illini: Harry Black. [Read more…]

90i #82: Jeff George Jr.

I will now give you all 15 seconds to feel old. Jeff George’s son is on the roster. Howard Griffith’s son will be a 4-star in the 2018 class. *Frank Williams’ son* made a recruiting visit over the weekend. The years between Jeff George and Jeff George Jr. are the same as the years between Jeff George and Dick Butkus. #old [Read more…]

90i #83: Trenard Davis

It’s officially move-in day for the freshmen. Which means Freshman Jersey Number Day is just around the corner. And soon after that, camp starts and we learn things like “Trenard Davis is lined up with the wide receivers” which means my dreams of him playing safety are shot. And not long after that, football! [Read more…]

90i #84: Zeke Martin

I just spent 15 minutes sorting and re-sorting my 90 Illini list. I really do obsess over this. I feel pretty good about the top-30, but there are some guys in the 50’s who could probably be 38th or so. The 80’s are generally reserved for true freshmen who will redshirt, but given our OL depth issues, I’m a little nervous putting Martin 84th. [Read more…]

Pain and Joy

So many conflicting emotions today – a tremendous season ends and a potentially amazing career begins.

As many of you undoubtedly saw today, the Fighting Illini dropped a 4-2 decision to Vanderbilt. A 50-win season ended at the hands of the defending national champions. That was the pain.

About 30 minutes later, however, there was joy. [Read more…]