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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    the juiceman cometh: “The only thing I think we know for sure is that being compensated for the value they bring in is a very good thing for the athletes.” What were we told the purpose of ‘college ‘is? To get a job and find a way to earn money. So... college roundballers have found a way to...
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    Ayo Dosunmu to the Chicago Bulls (2nd Round, 38th Pick)

    It seems silly now, but there were times in Michael Jordan’s early basketball life that people doubted him. And what did he do about that? He used this as motivation to become the Greatest Baller In History. Ayo now has similar motivation. His personality is not as edgy as Michael, but he has...
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    Ayo Dosunmu to the Chicago Bulls (2nd Round, 38th Pick)

    Sweet sounds for many years to come... (Bulls intro music dramatically playing in the background) And NOW! For Your ChiCAHWGO BULLS! Chicago’s OWN!... AAAyyyyyoooooo!... DoSUUUUUUUNNNNNMMMUUUUU! (Insert Sellout Crowd Roars HERE). How about bringing Rose back? Rose and Ayo together?
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    Conference Realignment

    ChiefGritty: “NASCAR is a cautionary tale here. Had a moment of growth and excitement in the 90's, reached for bigger bigger bigger, more more more, forgot who it was, alienated its core audience and now it's in a much weaker position in the very competitive sports and entertainment field than...
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    Conference Realignment

    Talk to most any Cornhusker fan about how being in a conference with Texas as Top Dog works out. The Big Red were screwed out of a League title years ago when time was added to the clock for the Horns to kick a title-winning field goal against the Huskers. The Huskers were furious about this at...
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    Conference Realignment

    In the new landscape of College Sports, the Big Ten will have to remake itself to remain relevant in an ongoing SEC takeover over college athletics. For generations, The Ten has been a Rust Belt State association of primarily old industrial areas. But like the Rust Belt itself, this area has...
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    Conference Realignment

    At this point, it’s all about maximum national exposure and getting the best programs you can into your conference. If the Big Ten is doing diligence, it is furiously making the best deals it can right now. It will pick off the best programs it can wherever they are found. The old conference...
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    Conference Realignment

    The State of Texas is not the State of Texas of old. Used to be cowboys, oil, and lots of good ole boys (and girls). Today it's Big Tech, endless subdivision sprawl, changing politics, and lots of people moving in from the Midwest and California with non-'Texas' ways. What this means is that...
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    Conference Realignment

    This might loom large over the coming season... There’s a possible earthquake in the College Ball World. A newspaper account (and intriguing comments by made by interested parties) says that Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about joining up. This would lead to the likely breakup...
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    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    It’s a wonderful thing to have reasons to be honestly excited about an upcoming season and not just praying that Illini makes the Dance and other such low-hanging-fruit-type lowered expectations. It’s a great thing to know your team has a real chance to make the Final Four and win the Whole...
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    Kofi Cockburn in the transfer portal

    altenberger22: “I seem to recall hearing all of the following from Brad prior to the start of the season: 1. Mark Smith is an elite talent 2. Trent Frazier is an elite shooter 3. Michael Finke is an elite passer 4. This squad should be a tournament team come next March.” 1. Mark Smith IS an...
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    Kofi Cockburn in the transfer portal

    mattcoldagelli: “As I understand NIL, players would stand to make the most money the most easily at schools with large, engaged fanbases and businesses willing to line up to advertise to those fans. Do we have that? Yes. At the level of Kentucky? No.” And we should be thankful we don’t have...
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    Coaching Carousel

    illini80: (Monday) “My impression is Tim Anderson, but that’s just how i read the tea leaves.” Keep reading those leaves. They seem to know a lot. Miles Leonard: “Have to wait until the White Sox season is over.” No we don’t. Tim Anderson was a baller before he started getting serious about...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of July 5th, 2021)

    BTM33: “As a long time Bulls fan, I fear BU has a Tom Thibodeau complex. Thibs was good with the media and NEVER publicly threw his players under the bus...he also was a b*tch to play for and still has a reputation of winning, but also being universally not fun to play for.” Thus the added...
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    Kofi Cockburn in the transfer portal

    BBIQ: “This is his career, why shouldn't it be about money?” Basketball was once throwing a used soccer ball into a simple peach basket that didn’t even have hole in the bottom of it. Now it’s a game of throwing armloads of cash into big money baskets (without a hole in them) of players...