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WOW......I'd forgot about the dude coaching the WBB squad....If I remember correctly, he came here from W-GB with a phenomenal record and fell flatter than a bunny with a pancake on it's head.....lol...that bunny gif kills me everytime.....

So, thanks for the walk down memory lane TC....I just had my famous meat loaf, mashed taters and peas for lunch and it is starting to rear it's ugly gaseous head.......

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Matt Bollant was the old women's coach. Whitman hired Nancy Fahey and that is maybe the worst Illini hire of all time. She' s 35-79 in 4 years and has finished last or next to last in the BIG in her 4 years. I can't imagine she will survive. The good news is a couple of those guys certainly out kicked their coverage when it came to wives.
Bollant went on to coach the women's program at EIU but not very well, 14-44 in 2 years.
 
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I think all the NIL talk needs a reality check.
Business owners, CEO’s, Corporate Board of Directors, etc…will not be too quick to make 18, 19, 20 year olds the spokesperson or face of the business.
Seriously….
Think about whatever business you want. Someone (individual or shareholders) owns the business. They’ve spent years, a lifetime, or generations creating their brand and reputation.
They are such a big Illinois basketball fanatic that they are going to fork over $100,000 a year to a kid they no little or nothing about? What happens if there is a DUI. An arrest. An inappropriate scandal. Whatever…..
That comes back and bites the reputation of the donor and the business in a big way.
Yes, there are great kids that will sign deals and promote businesses. However, I believe that the bulk of NIL money will be more driven by the individual through memorabilia, social media influence, etc
Just an opinion and we will see how it plays put.
I’m just exhausted reading constant takes regarding business x, y,or z that is needing to “step up” and put their reputation on the line for some kid that might be a good or great basketball player at Illinois- or any other school.
I think you have a point with Most major corporations. But if you believe that under the table money happens today, this opens a large opportunity to bring it above board and reduce liability for your school.

Think of the local car dealer who is an alumni & is willing to throw in a few Chevy Blazers to a basketball team, maybe the shoe company pays the kid to sign shoes at the footlocker at the mall. If they are willing to pay Bowen 100k under the table, why wouldn’t they move this above board and make it legal. If you make it legal you also add more players that are willing to pay.

Then we constantly here of donors stepping up to buy out coaches contracts.

Point is this is more than just a simple business decision. It is a combination of business and a lot of emotion. Bringing it out in the open and it will only grow.
 
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Honestly, only hard to imagine it happening here. Could see it happen in a situation where a school like UNC or Kentucky is involved, and that school doesn't have an open scholarship. In fact, the shoe company might encourage it. Much more exposure playing one year of college ball than doing one year in the G league.
I can't imagine why it would be better for a guy to go to a blue blood as the 14th man than it would be to just go to a school where they have a scholarship available and, presumably, a better chance of actually seeing the floor.
 
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I can't imagine why it would be better for a guy to go to a blue blood as the 14th man than it would be to just go to a school where they have a scholarship available and, presumably, a better chance of actually seeing the floor.
They wouldn't be going in as the 14th man, presumably. Someone would be forced out.
 
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I can't imagine why it would be better for a guy to go to a blue blood as the 14th man than it would be to just go to a school where they have a scholarship available and, presumably, a better chance of actually seeing the floor.
In the scenario where we're talking about a guy with a huge shoe contract, we're probably talking about a guy that is already NBA ready and just has to wait out the year. Think Anthony Davis, or an 18-year-old Lebron. Those guys aren't going to be the 14th man anywhere, even if they are technically a walk-on. And I'm sure if Nike is paying the bills, they want them at the highest profile (Nike) program that will take them.
 
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Matt Bollant was the old women's coach. Whitman hired Nancy Fahey and that is maybe the worst Illini hire of all time. She' s 35-79 in 4 years and has finished last or next to last in the BIG in her 4 years. I can't imagine she will survive. The good news is a couple of those guys certainly out kicked their coverage when it came to wives.
Bollant went on to coach the women's program at EIU but not very well, 14-44 in 2 years.
She's 6-64 in conference....just crazy
 
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