Right now, I hate that I named the podcast We Love No Other. It speaks to my bias immediately. I'm sure that for some of you, it will be difficult to listen to what I hope is a balanced look at the Terrence Shannon Jr. case with a banner stating "We Love No Other" at the top. I feel like that precludes me from speaking to this issue.
So I'll just say that this 50-minute discussion was incredibly helpful for me. As a fan, the news today that Terrence Shannon Jr. was successful in seeking an injunction against the University (allowing him to return to the court) put my stomach in a knot. Shannon v. University of Illinois in court? What am I supposed to do with that?
When I got back from Ann Arbor, I texted Ben (the guy who writes baseball articles on the site) because he knows Mitch Gilfillan, a Peoria attorney who has been tweeting about the case over the past few weeks. I asked for him to introduce the two of us, and 30 minutes later, we were recording this podcast. A massive thank-you to Mitch for agreeing to do this on a Friday evening. And to Ben for setting it up.
All I can say is that this discussion was very helpful for me. Not only do I better understand the legal procedures followed, I think I better understand the way the legal system handles "innocent until proven guilty." I hope this podcast is just as helpful for you.
I might have more to say about all of this in the next few days or I might not. Right now, I'm internally processing everything Mitch said. He's a former D-I college basketball player, a former D-I assistant coach, and a practicing attorney, so he was the perfect person to interview here. Perhaps most importantly (for me), he's not an Illini fan. These are the opinions of an outsider. Which I feel are necessary on this site given my declared love for this University.