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J.I. Baird

I live in Charleston, Illinois and go to EIU. I grew up a huge Bears and Illini fan. Also a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but don't hold it against me.

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4-star Point Guard Quentin Snider Commits to Illinois

Quentin Snider has turned John Groce's 2014 recruiting class from good to great by committing to the Illini on Thursday night. The 6'1" 170 lb. point guard from Louisville, Kentucky chose Illinois over UCLA. Word started to leak out on Tuesday that Illinois would be the destination for Snider. Snider originally had been committed the Louisville, which makes him the second player in a row that Illinois has g ...

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5-star Power Forward Leron Black Commits to Illinois

John Groce has secured his highest rated commitment since he became the Illini head coach. Leron Black, a 5-star power forward from Memphis, Tennessee, joins Michael Finke as the second member of the 2014 recruiting class. Black chose Illinois over Baylor, Indiana, and Tennessee. The newest member of the 2014 class was originally committed to Baylor a year ago before decommitting. Black comes in at 6'7" 215 ...

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Oklahoma St. QB Wes Lunt Transferring to Illinois

Former 4-star quarterback Wes Lunt, from Rochester, IL and Oklahoma State University, will be transferring to Illinois. Lunt chose Illinois over Louisville after visiting both universities. The news was first reported by Zach Kerker from channel1450.com and then later by ESPN's Joe Schad. The soon-to-be sophomore QB chose Illinois because he believes he's a good fit for new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit' ...

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Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby transferring to Illinois

John Groce and company secured a huge transfer Friday night in Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby. The sophomore Cosby is a 6'3" combo guard that will have two years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to transfer rules. He visited Illinois on Friday, and made up his mind before leaving Champaign. He was scheduled to visit Mizzou this weekend, but won't be taking that visit after deciding on Illinois ...

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Illinois Football Signing Day Recap

Illini coach Tim Beckman received 15 letters of intent on signing day today, capping off his first full class as head coach at Illinois. While he did sign players last year, this year was his first class that he could take full credit for. Unlike previous years under Ron Zook, this year was drama free on letter of intent day. Zook usually had a few tricks up his sleeve every year, but Beckman's class had be ...

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Video Game Roundup Vol. 4

New Games -One of the most highly anticipated games of this year was Borderlands 2, and it didn't disappoint. It garnered rave reviews from both publications and gamers alike. It received Metacritic user ratings of 8.3 and 8.5 on the Xbox 360 and  PS3 respectively, and Metascores of 90/100 and 91/100 for the same consoles. Playing with a group of people is the bread and butter for this game though, if each ...

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Simeon point guard Jaylon Tate commits to Illini

Illinois added their second Chicago Simeon player to their 2013 recruiting class with point guard Jaylon Tate. Illinois fills a much needed position by adding Tate at point guard. They missed out on two 5-star point guards in Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) and Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame) recently and were looking at Tate and Dayshon Smith. Tate obviously pulled the trigger first and gives Illinois a serviceable ...

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Video Game Roundup Vol. 3

New Games - Madden NFL 13 is new and improved from previous installments, but the review scores stayed the same. Metacritic users gave it a 5.8 score on the 360 and a 4.9 on the PS3, while the the 360 got a 82/100 Metascore and PS3 got a 83/100 Metascore. Not very eye popping numbers to make a casual fan want to jump on the title. Scores aside, the gameplay is much more realistic this year with a new physic ...

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Simeon star Kendrick Nunn commits to Illinois

John Groce just nabbed a huge commitment from the 2013 class in Simeon guard Kendrick Nunn. Nunn commited to the Illini this afternoon according to his twitter. @KNunnSG @JohnGroce I Need That ScholarShip..My State. My School #KendricksKingdom This three commitments for the 2013 class, joining 4-star guard Malcolm Hill and 3-star center Maverick Morgan, who are both top 150 players in the nation. Kendrick N ...

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Illini open season with win over Western Michigan, 24-7

The Tim Beckman era is off to a good start after a 24-7 win over Western Michigan on Saturday. Illinois got out of the gates quick, scoring on a 64 yard touchdown from Nathan Scheelhaase to wide receiver Ryan Lankford on the fourth play of the game. Later in the quarter after missing a 45 yard field goal, new Illini kicker Nick Immekus would hit a 42 yarder and to give Illinois a 10-0 lead to end the first ...

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