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  1. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I think in hindsight, that's perhaps true. But even without the gift of hindsight, he needed to be fired at least several years before he was. It was clear what trajectory we were on and there was no indication that the ship would be righted. Even ditching him after '09-'10 would have probably...
  2. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    I don't think I called for Weber's head until about 2008 or so. I know I was still in school but toward the end of my time there.
  3. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    He probably didn't make an offer just to spite you for harassing him for 2+ years. If he had given in to your peer pressure, there is no telling how big the mountain of letters with suggested recruits might have become. You probably could have buried Bielfeldt under letters supporting Matt Chastain.
  4. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    And yet our geography still gives us an built-in advantage if the right coach arrives. I don't think it's overly simplistic to say that a school in the geographic and historical position we are in is always just one coach away from being good. I am not claiming we are one coach away from being a...
  5. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Well, assuming that Patterson counts as "someone," then you almost can't be wrong.
  6. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Eh, I don't really see this as being very accurate. I think the next 10 months may be critical for Brad Underwood's success at Illinois, but that is as far as I am willing to meet him. In my opinion, as long as the University of Illinois exists in a basketball-crazy part of the country and is...
  7. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    While I do appreciate that he apparently has an appreciation for Dee, what does this have to do with recruiting him? Maybe the sound was just bad in the video. I had to turn my speakers all the way up and still couldn't hear much.
  8. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    Who said we were recruiting via YouTube?
  9. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    What bad blood? Real or imagined? I've seen a lot of message board bluster about bad blood but I've yet to see anything reliable saying the same.
  10. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    You must be new here. He dropped to 39 because of his interest in Illinois.
  11. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    ABC = always be 'cruitin'.
  12. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    It's a lot less exhausting than continually having Lucy pull the football.
  13. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    Who felt that about Whitney? If I recall correctly, we kept hearing people say that he was an Illini lean unless Kentucky came calling. To the best of my non-premium, non-insider ability to discern, that's pretty close to what happened.
  14. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    SAR: stars above replacement
  15. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    Which, by definition, means you made a more compelling case than said other school.
  16. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    Unless he backtracks on Twitter, then this is still the most definitive source I have seen:
  17. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    If we had a revolving door of 2-and-done guards, I could see being able to make this case. As it stands now, though, that hasn't been our MO and we have a solid group of guards already, so I agree with you that selling additional top guards on our program is challenging and shouldn't be...
  18. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    I don't believe I claimed that it was. If anything, I was arguing the opposite: that we shouldn't be assessing our recruiting based on the percentage of recruits we land.
  19. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    Who said that was the motivation? I think he was legitimately considering us. "Courtesy visits," if they actually exist, don't help the recipient. If their relationship was that strong ahead of time, then Holyfield would likely have had the courtesy to tell BU he wasn't interested rather than to...
  20. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    First, SFASU is not in Austin. It's in Nacogdoches, Texas, which is nearly in Louisiana (https://goo.gl/maps/aJoJ56xENfMLPNcz9). Second, Holyfield is from Albuquerque, NM, which is only a 5 hour drive from Lubbock. There is also the fact that Texas Tech was just the national runner up and did...
  21. sacraig

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    I'd honestly be interested in knowing where that line is, but I suspect that, even if someone had the data, it would be hard to analyze. You'd need to know how many recruits schools contact versus the number of openings they have, and you'd have to know how many of those recruits had real...