Defensive Clarity

We're not learning much about training camp. Don't really know anything about depth chart battles, really. No media is allowed at any of the practices, so the first string offensive line could be all wide receivers right now and no one would know unless

The 90 Illini #43: Kerby Joseph

While filling out the "year in school" and "hometown" chart below I started to look through the 2018 recruiting class and I remembered that there were seven defensive backs in that class. So before we get into #43, a quick look at that group: Dylan

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Josh Gesky

First off, I believe it's a soft G. The G in his last name is pronounced like the J in his first name. Josh "Jesky", I think. Probably. Maybe. Second, I had to look up Manteno's class (4A). That's a little bigger than I thought it would be. I know of

The 90 Illini #44: Marc Mondesir

I will now attempt to write this 90i post without saying "you know, just like Shogbonyo last year" eleven times. But I don't think it's possible. The entire goal for Year Four for Marc Mondesir is to be identical to Year Four for Ayo Shogbonyo last

9 Things

The paywall is up so I need to get some CLICKBAIT out there, right? "Top eight restaurants in Savoy, YOU WON'T BELIEVE #6." Training camp started today, and media aren't allowed, so here's nine things I would have been watching. You know, if I was

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Zach Barlev

I'm four LLUOI posts behind after The Great Pause Of 2020 where I didn't write much for several weeks (attended a wedding, attended a funeral, then we launched this thing after that). So I'm in catchup mode. This week, the plan is two 90i's, a LLUOI,

The 90 Illini #45: Anthony Shipton

See here's where I'd typically be quickly re-arranging The 90 Illini after attending the first training camp practice this morning. I'd see that Slaughter was ahead or Brown at RG (or Brown ahead of Slaughter) and adjust the list accordingly. We're

The 90 Illini #46: Khmari Thompson

I think I'm ready to rock now. We still have 4 users with site registration issues (we're working on them), and if others come up email me (, but I think it's time to apply the 3-post paywall and start cranking through articles


I've had a lot of site questions the last week (mostly centered around the bugs we're experiencing), so I figured I'd do a quick post on that. Might help you understand "so that's why that's happening". As always, posts like this don't count you a click

The 90 Illini #47: Seth Coleman

Your nightly reminder that 1) I'm just slowly writing free 90 Illini posts until all of the subscription bugs are worked out, 2) your "I'm having trouble with this portion of my subscription" emails aren't a hassle - they help us find said bugs, and

The 90 Illini #48: Dalevon Campbell

The customer service emails have slowed a bit, which is good, I think. Most bugs have been worked out and we've figured out which buttons to push to help your login and subscription process. So I feel a little better about writing posts on the site

The 90 Illini #49: Michael Marchese

I've been intentionally dragging my feet with posts on the site the last five days. My fear: subscribers struggling with login issues wouldn't be able to read the articles they were paying for. We completed a big long list of customer service tickets

Checking In On The Three-Deep

Quick note: if you're having any subscription issues, please email me ( or send me a DM on Twitter. Many of you say "sorry to bother you" when you contact me but you're not bothering me. I work for you now. So if you need anything

3-0 plus...

Here's how I'm looking at this season: if Covid didn't exist, we would have gotten out of bed this morning and F5'd the AP football poll to see if Illinois was listed in Others Receiving Votes. It would have been a mirage - Rutgers would have been 3-0

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