OK not really. This is the yearly beginning-of-summer basketball recruiting post, but I can’t use my normal format. In 2014, with Finke already on board leaving one remaining scholarship, I wrote a 4-2-1 post. I wanted to chase four specific players, get two to visit, and land one of them (we did – Leron Black). This year? This year, with four more scholarships to give, it’s hard to get a handle on all of it. [Read more…]

Baseball Photos

The Illini baseball season ended this weekend. They went into the final game needing a win over Michigan and a Maryland loss to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. We won, but so did Maryland, so the season is over. Our photographer Holly took in two of the games this weekend, so here’s a big photo spread of the final weekend for these seniors. [Read more…]

Twenty Years

I graduated from The University Of Illinois twenty years ago today. The Clinton/Dole race was just getting underway, the Bulls had just finished 72-10, Tiger Woods was getting ready to turn professional, and UIUC actually handed me a diploma. What have these last twenty years been like for an Illini fan? Let me tell you. [Read more…]

2016 Kentucky Derby Preview

Editor’s note: If you follow Steve on Twitter you know that he has three passions: Illini football, Everton, and horse racing. Around here, we are all about letting people write out their passions. Even, sometimes, when it has nothing to do with Illinois sports. So here’s a short book from Steve on the Kentucky Derby. [Read more…]

Take Mom To Illini Night At Busch

Attn Cubs and Sox fans: This is the yearly post where I partner with the Cardinals to give away free tickets to Illini Night at Busch Stadium. So move on along to the depth chart post or something – we have some STL business to attend to. Specifically, giving away four tickets (and four shirts) to Illini Night at Busch. [Read more…]

Recruiting Parallels

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we’re entering our most important recruiting window (for both football and basketball) in at least a decade. Recruiting is always important, but with the way next year’s teams set up (seniors, seniors, and more seniors), the 2017 class is absolutely crucial. [Read more…]

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 that he can. [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, huh?” with RB Coach Thad Ward.¬† [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…]

Spring Practice Interviews

Wind questions for Coach Ligashesky. I say the words SENIOR YEAR to Joe Spencer about a dozen times. A good discussion with Jaylen Dunlap about being #OurPeanut. And then some randomness with Gabe Megginson where he drops some Robert Frost. [Read more…]