As much as I would like to praise you for your Illini Loyalty ( as I feel the same way ), today felt weird. I have season tickets, no big deal, but my 3 boys and myself have always gone to the last game of the year. Today was different because instead of dragging my boys to the game, ( we always have a great time, but I think they feel sorry for this old guy that never loses the faith ), there was true hope to celebrate a great win, and thank the seniors for staying with the program. My toes were cold ( I'm not a young guy ), but I wanted to solidify the notion that we are back, and that my kids will say that today my dad received his due. And then the game started..................................................I'm as big an Illini fan as anyone on this board. That being said, what I saw today was more than disappointing. Coaches and schemes aside, if the new facilities and that we are going to a bowl game does not increase our high 3 and 4 star and a possible 5 star recruit, I do not see us rising above the level of mediocrity. Our depth is painfully thin and when we lose a key player it's like a knife to the jugular. Let's hope today's performance was an anomaly and that our bowl game will make us proud to wear our Illini garb.