The 90 Illini #56: Christian Bobak

OK so here's how this will go. The first game has moved up to September 3rd. That's the day I should be posting #1 on this list. I had aligned it for September 26th, thinking that was going to be the first game, but then the new schedule game out and

Catching Up

I feel like I'm about 13 days behind. So much news has come out (and I've "attended" so many Zoom press conferences today) that I don't really know where to start. Perhaps the best way to go about all of this is a slapdash post. Let my brain wander and

Here Goes Nothing

The Pac-12 updated their schedule a few weeks ago and put their opening weekend as September 26th. There were reports that other conferences were considering the same. At the time, with the non-conference games canceled, the first game on the Illinois

An Attempt To Write About Covid

It's funny. I spent hours and hours last week writing a post about Covid only to delete it upon completion because there's so many things I just don't understand. But here I am again, writing about Covid. I wonder if I'll delete this one before I get

Fighting Illini Upcoming Schedule

Back & Forth - Ayo and Kofi Return

I hurriedly sent an email to Tyler. I put "Emergency Back & Forth" in the title. Both Ayo and Kofi are returning for the 2021 season, and that means we might have a really, REALLY good season, and that means we needed to talk about it. So Tyler and

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Daniel Imatorbhebhe

I just wrote down the number of posts I need to write early this week and I came up with 11 of them. So I'm pretty much going to sit here at this keyboard for the next 48 hours.

I also decided to go out of order here with the LLUOI posts. I usually

The 90 Illini #57: Griffin Moore

This is another midstream adjustment. I had Moore much higher on this list when I first made it. After the graduation of Justice Williams and Bobby Walker there were only three scholarship tight ends on the roster - Daniel Barker, Luke Ford, and Griffin

The 90 Illini #58: Nick Walker

I don't know if this is the right way to say this, but of any player on the roster, the one with the rawest deal is probably Nick Walker. Getting stuck behind four really good players is something that happens a lot at other schools. But it doesn't

The 90 Illini #59: Moses Okpala

Now that this is pretty much 100% a Lovie Smith roster - only Jake Hansen, James McCourt, and Doug Kramer remain from the Bill Cubit recruiting class - it's fairly stunning how NFL Combine-ish his recruits have been. No, that doesn't mean "all Lovie

Every 16 Years

I'm at Jolly Roger Bar & Grill at the Lake of the Ozarks in June of 2019. They have this massive boat in the middle of the deck that serves as their bar. I'm bellied up to the boat and I look across and see a guy in a Kendall Gill jersey. When

The 90 Illini #60: Julian Pearl

Did I know that 247 had Julian Pearl as the #6 player in Illinois in 2018 with a rating of 88 (just short of four-star)? I don't think there's any way I knew that. I remember the weeping and gnashing of teeth when he committed (a no-star skinny basketball

IlliniBoard At 20

Happy Birthday! One more year and we can drink.

On July 30, 2000, while everyone was talking about the upcoming Republican and Democratic Conventions to nominate George W. Bush and Al Gore, John Brumbaugh launched a little website called IlliniBoard

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Tyler Strain

I'm way behind on these but let's start cranking them out. I believe I have four of these to do (two new verbals, two new transfers), and I've cleared out of my brain haze (honestly felt like I was hung over on Monday and Tuesday but hadn't had a drink

The 90 Illini #61: James Frenchie

For every single one of these intros I want to be all "it seems silly to be counting down to a late-starting season that might not even happen...". As of today, there's a football game on October 3rd at Rutgers. The schedule will probably change, and

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