Early SP+ For 2022

2021, by every measure, was wildly successful. Using Bill Connelly's SP+ ratings, the final rating for 2021 Illini football: 4.3. That's the highest rating since 2011. So yes, even the NERDstats say that 2021 was our best season in 10 years. I feel

Full Circle

I'm going to write a short article this time. No, really, I'm going to do it. The NCAA officially removed the 25-per-class scholarship limit, and I keep seeing tweets like "imagine what Nick Saban can do with unlimited scholarships!", and I've started

The Old Texas Two-Step

I've always said it -- "if you commit to Texas, you move up in the rankings; if you commit to Illinois, you move down" \-- but I've never shown you. And because I've never shown you, you just think it's one of those Things Fans Say. "Bitter that your

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Isaiah Adams

This one will be completely different. I'm not going to go through my typical LLUOI process because, well, because I watched Isaiah Adams in practice this spring and in the spring game. So why go through juco film (or even high school film) when I've

Pods? 3-5-5?

Cuz it's not enough to simply catch that dream You gotta grab that dream and catch your dream's dream ~Mouse Rat One consistent theme in my 13 years of writing about Illini football on the internet: my dream of Illinois football having the easiest

Looks Like University Of Illinois: Elijah McCantos

This is the one that will set the record, I think. Elijah McCantos committed to Illinois on November 30, 2021. I am writing his LLUOI article 163 days later. I know there was that one year (when Beckman was fired) where I paused writing LLUOI articles

Kind Of A Big Deal

Remember when Dee Brown, Deron Williams, AND James Augustine were invited to the USA Basketball training camp? It was then that we knew that that trio was way better than their recruiting rankings. In the RSCI, Dee was ranked 19th, Deron 48th, and Augie

Diamond Shine

Let me start by apologizing to you, the reader, and to Robert. Baseball words have been lacking this year. In my defense, I've been doing things that no smart human is supposed to have been doing over the last six months. Car prices skyrocketing? Let's

Looks Like University Of Illinois - Matthew Bailey

So here's how this works. I have one of those "don't say it don't say it don't say it" jokes in my head where I'm trying to connect Matthew Bailey with the song "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?" But "won't you come home Matt Bailey?" isn't really

I Can Keep Going

I've gotten a few "what about basketball recruiting?" comments after my recruiting rant (published Friday evening), so maybe I should just keep going. Those were my thoughts on football recruiting (and player rankings) - how 'bout a Part II talking

Recruiting Rant XVIII

I've done it again. I started a Looks Like University Of Illinois post, the preamble turned into an actual amble, and by the time I'm done ranting, I'm three hours in and haven't even talked about the player yet. So, just like I've done so many time

One Two Three Four Five

I do this thing - it's really annoying, I know - where I still use numbers when referencing basketball players. "He's a true 4" or "he's more of a 2/3 kind of wing." Basketball has changed from the days of every team having a point guard, a shooting

Spring 2022 Mailbag V

I have no idea why I'm such a big Roman numeral guy. Is that even a thing? "Robert? I hear he's a HUGE Roman numeral guy." But I do love using Roman Numerals. Who can forget my epic article "Camp Rantoul 2013 XXXVI - Breaking Down The Holders"? (I

Spring 2022 Mailbag IV

I think this will be the fourth of five mailbag posts and then I can put spring ball to bed and get back to the real nuts and bolts of IlliniBoard: writing LLUOI posts for players who committed five months ago. This set of questions come from Twitter

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