January Depth Chart Update

Someone on Twitter just requested a depth chart update with all of these transfers being added so I kind of want to do the "pick my post" thing and surprise him with a fully-written post 35 minutes after his tweet to me. Right to it. From the last

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Keith Randolph

I gave Keith Randolph his Tom Cruises on Signing Day when I wrote the breakdown post. But I've never given him an LLUOI post, and everyone gets their own LLUOI post, so here's his LLUOI post. First off, I'm a big fan of linemen who play other sports


I mean, look. We're not going to beat the #2 team in the country when we're 4-11. I knew this driving up here. I was trying to think of a more futile basketball game in the last 35 years and honestly, I think this was it. This will be the worst Illini

OK, So What Does It Mean?

Suddenly, we've landed all this football talent. Some high schoolers, some transfers, some fifth-year transfers. There's no question that the talent has taken a step forward in the last six weeks. But what does that mean when it comes to wins? Especially

Fighting Illini Upcoming Schedule

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Kofi Cockburn

I put myself on a 48 hour clock for this one. NO WAY could I write it after the Northwestern loss. There were about nine gutpunches in that one - we could have put the game away with 30 seconds left but had a shot clock violation, we could have put the

Regression From The Mean

I enjoy Las Vegas. I've probably been to Sin City 20 plus times over the last 30 years. I'm primarily a blackjack guy, but I'm also always oddly fascinated by roulette. I don't gamble much on the wheel, but it's hard for me to walk by an active one

Back & Forth - 4-10

The last Back & Forth that we did was titled "2-6". And that was meant to be some kind of epic low point, a spot we'd look back on and say "remember when we were 2-6?" Well, we're now 4-10 with no idea when win number five might come, so Tyler and

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Shammond Cooper

Let's just get this out of the way. When you look at Shammond Cooper's recruiting bio online, under visits, it still says he's visiting Florida State on January 25th. Until that visit doesn't happen, or until that visit does happen yet he sticks with

Ten Names You'll Learn In 2019

Happy New Year. Let's start with a fun fact. Did you know that Illinois won 12 times in the last 12 months? 4 basketball wins last January/February, 4 football wins this fall, 4 basketball wins in November/December. Oh, you knew that? You lived every


"I'm standing at the crossroads - believe I'm sinking down"

- Eric Clapton

So that was dreadful.

Illinois fell in OT 73-71 to a Florida Atlantic team that came in ranked #215 in KenPom and was missing two of its best players. The Illini

Roster Comparison

I've had two different people ask me to do this breakdown: the roster Lovie inherited vs. the roster he's building. Both requests came after Signing Day. Now that there are three Lovie classes, how do these three compare to the players that Tim Beckman

Christmas List

Christmas shopping begins today in our house. For next year. It's the way my wife has always done it. It's brilliant, really. We don't make Christmas lists for our boys - shopping begins now, and then by next December we'll have a pile of gifts in the

Nothing Left

Um, this Braggin' Rights streak was kind of all we had left. Football has gone 9-27 the last three seasons. Basketball might only win nine games this season. Everything is awful, but at least we have this five game winning streak over Missouri in the

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Jeff Thomas

I plugged in the Christmas tree for this one. I'm nestled under a warm blanket, typing only by the light of the laptop screen and the Christmas tree. Might whip up some hot chocolate. Merry Christmas to us - our best player in 12 years just signed on

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