Recent content by ChiefGritty

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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    False. The buyout fell by 2/3 this season, and would be nearly if not the very lowest paid to fire a Power Five coach in the last handful of years.
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Thing is, literally every high school coach in football or basketball in America is Nick Irvin. They only want one thing, and it's more. More, more, more, no matter what the situation.
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    Illinois vs Wisconsin, Saturday, October 19th, 11:00am CT, BTN

    It's not Illini Productions' job to read play action and get proper depth in zone coverage, so this shouldn't be taken as a slight against them per se, but this stuff rings so, so hollow when we're going into a game that's a total write-off. This football program has not earned the tone of that...
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I'm actually pretty impressed by these kids a lot of the time. Being born into the social media spotlight (which surely rots their brains in other ways) tends to put a coat of polish on these kids public interactions. It's a setting they're comfortable in in a way jocks of years past wouldn't...
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    :faint:
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    Illinois vs Wisconsin, Saturday, October 19th, 11:00am CT, BTN

    The OL has not been the problem. That's a good, experienced unit.
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    Illinois vs Wisconsin, Saturday, October 19th, 11:00am CT, BTN

    That would be a ton of progress. That's a dramatic difference from what we've seen in the first six games, or indeed the first 30 conference games of Lovie's tenure. Ballpark, this is probably what the Vegas projections of those games are going to look like: vs. Wisc 10-41 @ Purd 30-38 vs...
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    And like, ultimately both are about being a good communicator and motivator of young people. There will of course be instances at the margin where you have an ink-stained wretch with a brilliant X's and O's mind who is valuable so long as you have position coaches and support staff who can...
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    NCAA Issues/Scandals/Corruption

    It's fair to say though that Texas and Florida overperform their inherent appeal as markets in attracting free agents. It's also the case that professional athletes are subject to all sorts of truly ridiculous and unfair taxes at the state and local level both home and away that apply basically...
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Much as I hate to admit it, Fleck has shown himself to be a pretty darned good football coach. He keeps passing tests in that department, whereas James Coley keeps failing. The Al Golden era at Miami fell apart under Coley and Georgia, talented as they always are, are a worse offensive football...
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    Groce had made it rain in recruiting at a non-blue blood. It will be fun listening to everyone disagreeing with that, but that's why he got the job. And he was a good recruiter! And basketball is different than football of course. But it just doesn't make a ton of intuitive sense to me that the...
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    This feels very much like the case for John Groce to me.
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    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    Secret scrimmages are incredibly silly, but so silly I actually enjoy the emerging tradition around them.
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    By the way, if we want to recruit the absolute heck out of Florida and can live with a guy who stinks as a coach (or maybe we can put a staff around him that mitigates that) Georgia OC James Coley would be your man. I'm actually a little surprised the obsessive recruitniks around here haven't...
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    2019-20 Coaching Discussion/Carousel

    The panic by Georgia fans this week has been absolutely hilarious. Their PTSD puts ours to shame.