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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    Eh, so much of this is based on recent performance. Tell me how this would have looked 15 years ago. Is there any chance OSU or UM or PU would have been ranked ahead of UI?
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    Track & Field

    Agree it's time for a change in track. Devin Quinn provided over half our points at the BTC and he's gone next year, so not sure we have much to lose from making a change. Would love to see us hire Buford-Bailey back in some capacity
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    Track & Field

    Didn't he have mono at some point?
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    Virginia 85, Texas Tech 77 OT

    Beard is one heck of a coach. Their defense is phenomenal and I love the motion offense
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    I know it's too easy to attach significance to these moments in hindsight, but doesn't it seem as though everything has gone downhill from that point? If that shot counts we are Big 10 champs again, for the 5th time in 6 years, with a somewhat similar situation in 2003 keeping it from being 6...
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    Track & Field

    What a terrible, godawful indoor season
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    Illinois 99, Rutgers 94 OT POSTGAME

    Georgi and Ayo are awfully darn good. Are they better than others such as harper, Douglass, Winters, Deon, Garris, Dee? Not sure, but they certainly belong in the same conversation
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    Old Timers Thread

    Yes - when I started college in 1981, you could get into Urbana bars at 18, champaign bars at 19, so all the freshman went to T-birds. free hot dogs on Fridays
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    Illini Bars

    O'Malley's? I was a regular for the MNF quart per quarter club
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    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Regarding IW, think Antwaun Randle El. Not an NFL caliber QB necessarily, but a very dangerous college QB
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    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Zook's last couple classes were disasters - I want to say there were no players drafted out of his last 2 or 3 classes, which in a negative way is very difficult to accomplish. I think Zook's last good class was after the '08 season, so the 10 year reference is valid
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    Maybe I can help you out with this one.... 1. White inherited the dregs of a program after the Moeller era; Zook inherited the guts of a pretty good team from Turner 2. White won a Big 10 title; Zook didn't 3. White had 5 straight winning seasons; Zook had one winning season 4. White had a Big...
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    This is the biggest issue I have with Lovie. A HC's most important job is to find and develop good assistant coaches. If he does this, he can win with below average recruiting and a plain vanilla offense; Iowa and Northwestern are very good examples of this. Lovie has done a miserable job...
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    Track & Field

    So the men were missing 3 likely top 10 finishers in Reiser, Davis and Smith, plus O'Callaghan. I figured Reiser and Davis were redshirting, but any news on why Smith and O'Callaghan haven't been running?
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    Has there ever been a worse set of defensive coaches in college football? We are just laughably bad. I don't think it's the scheme; our players are just consistently out of position and take poor angles.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2018)

    Any more champaign consistently ranks as a top 10 college town. I grew up there and left after I graduated 30 or so years ago, and it is a heck of a lot more fun to return there now than it was even 10 years ago
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    Football Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    If he doesn't voluntarily fire Nickerson, Whitman needs to force Lovie's hand
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2018)

    If we think it has ever been anything but ABI, you are kidding yourself. Go back to the year before the Flyin Illini. We lost out on the top 4 in-state prospects that year - LaPhonso went to ND, Anderson went to IU, Acie Earl and Ray Thompson went to Iowa. Andy Kaufmann was a pretty good...
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    Demirjian Park: New soccer and track and field facilities

    Yep, I remember that well. Great crowds and fan support; I was bummed when they removed the track from MS. Doesn't seem that long ago that we built the current baseball and track facilities, but I guess it was back in the 80's. Anyone else remember the old Illini baseball stadium? If I...
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    USF 25, Illinois 19 POSTGAME

    We had 380 yards on O with a true frosh backup QB, 3 top receivers out and no depth in the O-Line. Not sure what you expected
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs USF

    freshmen often play like freshmen
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    Track & Field

    Hall has been very solid so far; we have done a good job with under the radar 1A runners. too bad Davis is out
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    Looking back on recent Illini Basketball history

    Illinois has never owned the state or Chicago in recruiting. We basically had 2 great classes - the Douglass/Winters/Altenberger class and the Anderson/Gill/Bardo class with a few other players mixed in. Lots of great Illinois talent left the state back then, just like it does today
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    Illinois 31, Kent State 24 POSTGAME

    You obviously didn't go to any games during the 80's. I've been to games all over the country and nothing compares to the environment at MS during the White era
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    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Clemson may not be the best comparison. They weren't a national power when Dabo got there, but historically they have consistently been very good, and occasionally great. They have a beautiful campus with unbelievable facilities and proximity to 3 fertile recruiting areas in NC, GA and FL. I...