IlliNation Show 5 Featuring Pat Fitzgerald, Malik Turner, CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross

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We yet another action packed podcast for you this week! IlliNation Show 5 begins with the worst soundbite of all from B1G Media Day, and that honor went to Ohio State’s Chris Worley. Then we transition to Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald, who reflects on his early days when he first took the job.

For Pat Fitzgerald, the beginnings of his tenure at NU were similar to Lovie Smith at Illinois, in that year one was actually year zero, and year two was actually year one.

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Jim Harbaugh Has Big Plans for Paris and Normandy Next Spring

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As the Allies marched toward victory in Europe during WWII the saying was “first you take Paris, then you take Berlin.” For Michigan Wolverines Coach Jim Harbaugh, it’s Rome this past spring, and Paris is up next. He’ll also take his team to where the Allies landed as Harbaugh plans on taking his team to Paris and Normandy in 2018.

The voyage will be during the spring football practice period, and it comes on the heels of 2017’s Rome trip being a tremendous success.

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IlliNation Show 4 Featuring Jim Harbaugh, Jaylen Dunlap, Herb Gould

It’s another action packed edition of the IlliNation Show, this week featuring interviews of Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, Chicago Sun-Times reporter and TMG Sports co-founder Herb Gould, and Illinois Fighting Illini cornerback Jaylen Dunlap. We also went over the Illini men’s basketball non-conference schedule now that it’s been finalized.

Additionally, we went over a couple Illini gaffes made this week, one of which you can read about and here over at this link. The second link if embedded for you below:

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Jim Harbaugh on Rome Trip: “have the whole world be your classroom”

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Friends, Michiganders, countrymen, lend me your ears, I come to report on Jim Harbaugh, not to praise him.

Although to be fair the coverage we provide of Harbaugh will in fact be a form of praise. He took his Michigan football team on a trip to Rome in April where they held three spring practices and also had numerous unique cultural experiences.

It’s hard not to praise his idea, especially when you consider how Jim Harbaugh himself said “it’s the best thing he’s ever done personally as part of a football team.”

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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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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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Michigan Football to take a Slight Step Back Say Preseason Forecasts

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the Jim Harbaugh plan to build Michigan football back into an annual national title contender hits a roadblock this season. Or it will if the preseason college football publications are correct. Friends, countrymen, Wolverines have seen a mostly upward trajectory for Michigan football in the Harbaugh era thus far.

It will be a plateau, or most likely, perhaps a significant step down in 2017, say the preview mags.

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Five Star Big Man Mo Bamba Picks Texas Over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan

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It’s official, Mo Bamba has selected the University of Texas. The five star big man picked the Longhorns over Duke, Kentucky and Michigan.

We now update our story on Bamba from March 28th, from McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day, in which we indicated that Texas was indeed the front-runner.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update….and we’ve already updated our 2018 NFL mock draft twice!

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NBA mock draft, (NBA round two), 2017 MLB mock draft and 2017 NHL mock draft coming soon.

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Michigan Football Set to Challenge Ohio State’s NFL Draft Record

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Michigan football is sixth all time with 351 total NFL Draft selections. Only USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Nebraska have more. The Wolverines’ arch-rival, Ohio State, hold the record for total selections from one school in a single draft, 14, set in 2004.

Could this group of Michigan football players moving on to the pros come close to that mark? Maybe even tie it? I really didn’t even think it was possible until a reporter brought it up towards the end of Mike Mayock’s media conference call.

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Spike Albrecht: Purdue Boilermakers Veteran Leader and Top Soundbite

Purdue Boilermakers reserve guard Spike Albrecht may be playing his final collegiate basketball game tonight. Or his story could continue to the sweet sixteen and beyond; quite possibly to Phoenix for the Final Four and beyond. No matter where and when it finishes, it’s been a joy to watch Albecht and he’s been a part of what makes B1G hoops great.

He’s a great soundbite and a very personable sort.

Spike Albrecht first burst on to the national scene when he was with the Michigan Wolverines in 2013.

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