Peppers at 10, which seems low.
Herb Gould is reporting that Kevin Sumlin and the Illinois football program are close on a deal.
Edit: Revamped the whole post, sorry guys. He would be the first University of Illinois black head coach.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that The Zooker is history: LINK
Damn, I was hoping he would continue to provide us with laughable decision-making every Fall. Perhaps the Illini would be interested in one Luke Fickell...
So, last night, I was watching an Illinois hs state semifinal- #1 Hales Franciscan from Chicago (Has 4 or 5 D-1 players) vs. #8 Robinson from downstate. Robinson has Rivals #6 center and #39 prospect, this kid named Meyers Leonard, who's a 7 footer who is headed to Illinois next year. They kept discussing how he'd had this great dunk in the quarterfinal round against St. Theresa's. I looked it up. . . it's quite the teabagging of the poor kid in his way. For your reference, the kid he dunks on had been harassing him all game and getting in his head. . . and was only 6'1. It's quite the posterization.
After watching this kid last night- Leonard- I think he's going to be a pretty decent player for the Illini. Already shoots around 82% from the line, and looks like he'll easily get up to 250 (weighs 225-230 now). Also a good passer. The one thing I did notice, though, is that he seems a bit immature and kind of like. . .the kind of player that opposing teams hate for his demeanor. Also seemed a tad prima donna from what I've read and from watching an interview with him after the game. Get ready to be annoyed by this kid for the next few years. Oh, and his team, Robinson, pulled off a major upset and beat Hales; they play for the state championship tonight. Game story from last night is here, for anyone who cares- http://www.herald-review.com/sports/high-school/article_6cb06a72-2e6a-11...
I realize this is a bit off-topic. . . I live in Illinois and played H.S. basketball and football in Illinois, so that's why all the backstory. I guess, basically, it's just "sweet teabag, kid will play at Illinois; we'll hate him probably."
Me and some friends are going to the Michigan-Illinois game in Champagne this year. Has anyone been to a game there? If so, whats it like?