Fred Miller! A great Illini name!! Just about the time I started watching Illini basketball as a youngster. 1-2 years later...............Dave Sholz, Mike Price, Greg Jackson, Randy Crews and Jodi Harrison. My grade school coach adopted the 3-2 zone that Harv Schmidt used to play at times with that team.Grew up in Springfield and was on freshman team in 1967 when Springfield HS went to the state basketball tournament and finished in 3rd place due to our starting center, Dave Robisch (went to Kansas and had a good NBA career). He held the tournament record back then scoring 39 points or more in 3 out of the final 4 games (scored 25 in the other). We lost to Pekin and Fred miller who went on to play for the Illini. That experience at Assembly Hall (even though I was sitting behind the bench) convinced me to go to U of I.
I graduated and moved to LA and received graduate degree there. Moved to AZ in 1979 and have been here ever since.
This has turned out to be an incredible idea. Thanks for the entertainment value it's created. By last count, I think we've had ~400 weighing in......so far.I thought this would be fun to see how far reaching the Illinois Loyalty community is after reading about our dear West Lafayette friend who is going to be cheering on the Illini tomorrow night! Forum friends, where are you currently representing Illini Nation?
(Define Northern IL, Central IL and Southern IL however you normally would, and bear with me on how I chose to define the regions of the country if you disagree with the cutoffs! )
Chicago for me!
There are a few of us around here. I went to the football game v UConn with a buddy of mine who graduated from U of I as well who lives nearby. I think the closet alumni group is the Boston Illini.Nice! May see me running around town in an Illini shirt sometime. Any Chicago/IL groups around here for sports watching? Wife and I went down to Boston to watch the Cubs when the series a few years back to be around fellow fans.
Cool. I grew up about 2 hours due north of Peoria in northwest Illinois. In that area, P-town is where Bret Bielema is from.Fair enough ... know I was born in Peoria, though, and proudly identify as being from "Downstate."