Recent content by Roundball Sage

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    Looking ahead to 2021-2022

    Fighter of the Nightman: “...I really hope we reignite the United Center tradition again...We all used to (rightfully) see it as a nice recruiting pitch and something unique to Illinois - our "home away from home." It's time to bring that back...” Going back to the 1940s (at least), the College...
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    Adam Miller transfers to LSU

    GalloppingGost: “It’s a different era and there is no loyalty with these kids anymore.” Miller showed loyalty by initially choosing The Orange. But with many people today, there is little to no level of patience. They want things to happen RIGHT NOW. For Miller, it didn’t. With the Transfer...
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    Coaching Carousel

    Underwood is an intense guy. That comes through loud and clear. And he is... ‘demanding’ of his players and staff. But unless a certain behavioral line is crossed (‘way too much’ of this), these are good qualities for a coach to have. Some people don’t like ‘intense”. Some want laid-back and...
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    Coaching Carousel

    Rap73: “Is there anyone on this forum who, if they were not an Illini fan, not take a job at Kentucky over Illinois if the pay was somewhat equal?” YES. Or, put another way, YES-YES-YES. It’s this... ‘Thinking That Kentucky Is The Greatest Thing In The Universe” that puts programs like the...
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    Coaching Carousel

    JJE: “...not a great feeling to get your cupboard raided by the same school.” Why does someone ‘raid’ a cupboard? Because there is something tasty there. You don’t raid something that is not worth your while. Let’s hope that recruits take a message from this that... ‘There must be something...
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    Coaching Carousel

    Never in the history of sports fandom anywhere has the topic of Assistant Coaches been debated more lustfully and intelligently than right here. Two big thumbs up to Illini Nation once again. Why such enthusiasm over ‘Assistants’? This issue is seen as a Rorschach test for the health and future...
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    Adam Miller transfers to LSU

    Question: Are the Illini better off or worse off that Adam chose The Orange in the beginning? Answer One: Better off, because the Illini need to show they can grab the top Illini ballers that have for too many times gone elsewhere. Answer Two: Worse off, because Smith and Miller leaving send a...
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    Coaching Carousel

    No one saw the hiring of Underwood or Lovie coming. These were statement-making hires that surprised almost everyone (who wasn’t an ‘Insider’). Would not be surprised to see something like this again with the hiring of new Assistants. Whether they are former Illini or not. Think outside the...
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    Adam Miller transfers to LSU

    Things are happening at LSU. Their hiring of Kim Mulkey as women’s basketball coach – stealing her away from Baylor – is still getting talk around the National basketball world. And the SEC in general is giving notice that they want their roundballers to be seen Nationally as dominant as the...
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    Adam Miller transfers to LSU

    Does Miller think that he had a problem being compared to/competing with one (or more) of his OWN teammates by his OWN Coaching staff? Is that the narrative that somehow Belo (or Ayo) “stole” things away from him? How does that bode well for Miller’s competing against OPPOSING players or making...
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    Coaching Carousel

    WaltJabsco: “One would be hard pressed to name another person in college basketball who has the Caribbean experience, knowledge, and connections that Antigua has. He is, therefore, singularly skilled in recruiting that area of the world.” Remember that old proverb: “When one Caribbean pipeline...
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    Coaching Carousel

    WeWillWhen: “This isn’t so complicated. Kentucky is Kentucky, and Illinois is not.” And we can thank our Lucky Stars for that. Kentucky has a deeply embedded entitled-feeling fan base with tons of stifling pressure on everyone. If you don’t win it all every single year, you’re worthless. In...
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    Coaching Carousel

    illiniguy24: “If they are leaving - it better be announced in the next 24hrs. Will be a bitter taste in my mouth to drag this on for this long...” “If you leave me now You'll take away the biggest part of me Ooh no, baby, please don't go And if you leave me now You'll take away the very heart...
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    Coaching Carousel

    We await ‘The Deciding’ (‘The Decision’ was already used up a few years back, remember?) of which fortune of money will be accepted as the fates of major college basketball programs, the lives of numerous young and old men, the emotional well-being of millions of baller fans around the Nation...
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    Coaching Carousel

    pruman91: “Is this the reality of us finally being considered "ELITE" ? To Illini Nation – especially those go way back or have elders in their family that do – the Fighting Illini have always been considered “Elite”. Does this mean “elite” as in a Blue Blood for the past twenty years or so...