It's a (quasi) holiday at the beginning of January and I spent the afternoon watching the Illini in contention until the final seconds to win a marquee bowl game. I haven't been able to experience that since January 1, 1989 when we beat Virginia in the Citrus Bowl.
This season was a great gift to Illini fans. Thanks to the players and coaches for giving it to us. Thanks to TDV for choosing us and giving his all this year. Thanks to Ryan Walters and his staff for developing that stonewall D and holding opponents to 12.8 ppg on average. Thanks to Chase, Sydney, Devon and all the guys for their Herculean efforts. I can't recall the last time I was as proud of an Illini football team as I was in Ann Arbor on Nov. 19. It has been many years.
Let's do what we need to do to keep BB, and to continue building on what has been remarkable progress in two years. Compared with what I expected in August to unfold this season, what we enjoyed was spectacular. It's difficult articulately to express the extent of my gratitude to these guys for the thrills, enjoyment, and sense of Illini community they gave us.