The Big Ten announced today game times for 2010 conference Homecoming games. The Fighting Illini will play at Penn State on Oct. 9 at 11 am CT, at Michigan State on Oct. 16 at 11 am CT and home on Oct. 23 against Indiana, also at 11 am CT. The Illinois Homecoming on Oct. 23 will be the 100th Homecoming celebration on the UI Campus. In addition, Illinois and Wisconsin have … [Read more...] about Illinois, Northwestern Announce Scheduling Updates
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By Paul M. Banks OK, so maybe the St. John's fanbase isn't really a nation these days, more of a microstate, or at best a breakaway republic in the realpolitik of college basketball. However, the Johnnies were a glorious program once, and they're intensively seeking to be once again. Check out this comment I received on my previous article highlighting the chances of DePaul … [Read more...] about St. John’s Nation has Grassroots Support for hiring Lavin
By Paul M. Banks INDIANAPOLIS- Gonzaga. Bradley. Utah. Georgia. Missouri. Those were the five opponents Illinois played on neutral courts this season. All five were losses. Given that the entire NCAA tournament is played on neutral courts, it was IMPERATIVE that Illinois get at least ONE win on a non-partisan floor at the Big Ten Tournament before the big dance begins. So … [Read more...] about Illini get 1st win on Neutral Court!
By Paul M. Banks DePaul needs a splash hire to revive their dormant program; and ESPN’s Steve Lavin could be it. The Blue Demons need someone to come in and convince local talent to stay home and start something, and I’m not convinced SIU’s Chris Lowery or Jazz Assistant (and former Blue Demon) Tyrone Corbin is that someone. Then I saw this on the Twitter account of CBS’ … [Read more...] about DePaul Courting ESPN’s Lavin as new Head Coach?
By Paul M. Banks This page is a must view for all Illini fans! Here a few pictures and Flipshare videos from Saturday's HUGE win over #5 Michigan St. and the ESPN College Gameday broadcast To view the Facebook album these pics are contain in go here. There will be more pics in this week's Big 10 Power Rankings, so be sure to check back here Thursday. For more TSB … [Read more...] about Illini Pics, Vids from ESPN Gameday Experience Saturday
By Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt Photo Credit: Illinois Loyalty.com … [Read more...] about Illinois-Northwestern: Battle to get off the Bubble
By Paul M. Banks So #25 Northwestern has their first ranking in 41 years, and loses to Illinois in overtime, but this is a chance for a statement game here. A win over #11 MSU and the Wildcats would likely keep their ranking. This is a game of magnitude, why isn't Erin Andrews here? … [Read more...] about Michigan St. vs Northwestern Live Blog
By Paul M. Banks For some bizarre reason, the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network ignored the University of Illinois when it came to finding a locale to host their popular "College Gameday" pre-game show. The show has been running for six seasons, and during that period of time, the Fighting Illini were 6th in the nation in total wins! They've been a NCAA Tournament regular … [Read more...] about ESPN Finally Gives Gameday Love to the Illini