Iowa Football: Sean Welsh Gives the Most Meaningful Interview Ever

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Usually, at best, college football Media Days discussion is quality gridiron wonkishness. At worst, typically, it’s a tedious cliche convention in which everybody tells you they’re going to go 12-0, and they do so in buzzwords and corporatespeak.

Rarely do you get a meaningful discourse about topics that transcend football. Of course, most media days don’t have Iowa football player Sean Welsh. Last Wednesday, the senior offensive lineman from Springboro, Ohio penned an emotional, revealing and edifying op-ed about his battle with depression.

It was published on the official Iowa football website.

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Lovie Smith, Josh Whitman Give Updates on $80m Facilities Plan (Audio)

On Friday, Illinois football unveiled their $80 million plans to upgrade their facilities. The ambitious project includes a brand-new 107,650 square foot Illinois Football Performance Center to be constructed next to the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility, and adjacent to Memorial Stadium.

That’s the immediate short-term project. In the longer term, phase 2 seeks to expand Memorial Stadium’s south and east grand stands. Construction on the new practice facility will break ground early next year, with a projected completion in time for the start of the 2019 college football season.

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Illini Football: Mike Dudek Comeback Critical to 2017 Success

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If you believe in karma, and you’re aware of the Mike Dudek story, then you no doubt believe that he’s due for some better fortune. Dudek wasn’t highly recruited coming out of Naperville (Neuqua Valley), but he busted out with a huge rookie season at Illinois, garnering first team freshman All-American honors in 2014.

He was known as Mikey Dudek then, and some today still refer to him as “Mikey,” but no matter what first name one uses, we can all agree that he’s a play-maker. He’s a dangerous wide receiver who stretches the field and gives Illinois the vertical passing game element that they have sorely lacked in the two years that he’s been absent.

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IlliNation Show Featuring Brad Underwood, Nick Anderson and Larry Hawley

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A semi-exclusive with Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood headlines Volume I, Episode II of The IlliNation Show. Underwood shed some light on what his daily life work life is like in the summer months. He also talked about Illinois basketball being ranked #11 all time by the Associated Press and how the program needs to have “that swagger.”

Next up was Nick Anderson, of the ’89 Flyin’ Illini and the first ever draft pick in Orlando Magic history. His insights on Chicagoland recruiting issues are definitely something you read about and listen to.

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The IlliNation Show Featuring Peanut Tillman, Dick Butkus and Dee Brown

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Welcome to The IlliNation Show, inaugural edition! It’s volume I, chapter I of The Sports Bank’s special, exclusive Illini podcast. We have an action packed first show for you which covers the following topics in the segments below:

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Ohio State Football Tops B1G Pre-Media Days Power Rankings

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It’s another national title or bust kind of season for Ohio State football. All the college football preseason preview magazines see at least a final four appearance in Columbus, with two of the three calling a national championship game appearance. Thus, it’s pretty obvious who tops our B1G power rankings pre-Media Day.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 7-13-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Dick Butkus Gets Candid on Steroids, Concussion Crisis (EXCLUSIVE)

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For football legend Dick Butkus, the first and foremost cause celebre is keeping the next generation of athletes from resorting to illegal and dangerous steroids, as well as other performance enhancing products. Butkus and his son Matt formed the I PLAY CLEAN program in 2006  to educate and encourage high school students to make the right choice of playing clean.

While steroid usage has been a major problem in young males for quite some time (and continues to be today), the program’s research has shown that the biggest increase, recently is in female athletes.

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Dick Butkus Doesn’t know “what the hell” Keeps the Chicago Bears Down (EXCLUSIVE)

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Dick Butkus simply does not hold back, nor should he. He’s got a lot more than “senior privilege” backing his right to conduct candid conversation, as he’s simply the greatest linebacker in football history. He’s a franchise cornerstone for two storied Land of Lincoln football clubs that sport the orange and blue, and he just can’t understand why both of them, the Chicago Bears and the Illinois Fighting Illini, can’t get to the top and stay there.

Speaking ahead of the inaugural Illini Athletics Hall of Fame gala (Butkus was a member of the very first class to be honored), he told a group of reporters his bold thoughts on the Illini football struggles (read that over at this link and listen to the audio below)

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Bobby Knight Really Sucks as a Human Being, Now Let’s Move on From Him

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Why is Bobby Knight still a thing? We’ve known for several decades already what kind of horrible human being he is. During his 76 years on this planet he’s racked up an infamous resume of deplorable actions that should have long disqualified him from relevance and being worthy of our attention.

Yet here we are again, talking about another disgusting thing Bobby Knight did. This time, he went to give a motivational speech at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and he ended up under investigation from both the FBI and the U.S. Army for groping the female employees.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 6-29-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Northwestern Football Have Perfect New Slogan, Should Ditch the Old One

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Northwestern football rolled out their new marketing campaign for the upcoming season and this time they got it almost perfect. The new slogan #HOMEGROWN is just right and perfectly suitable for Northwestern football, men’s basketball and the athletic programs in general.

It refers to Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald (Orland Park, Carl Sandburg high school), hoops coach Chris Collins (Northbrook, Glenbrook North high school) and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Phillips (northwest side/Portage Park neighborhood, University of Illinois) all having Chicagoland roots.

The rollout is perfect…almost. All that needs to be done is a phasing out of the old slogan “Chicago’s B1G Ten Team.”

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