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Comment 3 hours ago

The way the rules are now he'd have to petition the NCAA to allow the 6th year.  For some unknown reason those petitions are always hard to predict.  You would think that an organization that tries to act like it is looking out for players' interests and furthering education, blah, blah, blah would grant most of these, but the opposite seems to be true.

Comment 3 hours ago

His announcement of testing the NBA waters shouldn't have been shocking considering the recent rule changes.  Hell some schools had walk ons testing the waters.  I think it's good that he did it, the best way to get extra motivation to improve is to find out where you really stack up against the competition you hope to challenge one day.

Given all that has happened since the end of the season I am very excited for the '16-'17 season!

Comment 27 Apr 2016

Since most of my time in Chicago has been spent in the winter - a work trip in January one year, a handful of B1G bball tourneys, and last years CBS Sports Classic in December - I don't have great feelings for the place.  In the summer I would imagine it is much better, based on a 10 hour flight layover I had once up there in the summer.  The El is an efficient way to get around town and there are great restaurants.  It is not a place I would EVER want to live though.

And regarding the 1932 freshmen.  I am so glad I was born when I was and not back in those day.  Having seen pictures like this one, and the one where they wore beanies, etc.  I would have been a rebel and probably kicked out.  And look at how those people dressed to go to football games. Full formal attire.  WTF?  I mean I know the season didn't start till mid October back then, so it wasn't like the first 3 or 4 home games were sweltering, but still, it can be warm in October, and even if it's not, who the hell wants to be wearing a coat and tie in a football stadium for 4 hours on a Saturday?  Insanity.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

Winning the B1G is always a successful season, and I see no reason why we can't win it next year.  I won't call it a failure if we don't make a deep tourney run - unless we flame out like MSU (lolololol) did this year.  Even though this season ended up as a disappointing season, the team itself was actually more talented than the last couple of "down years".  There is a lot of talent on this team and the only reason why we didn't contend this year was due to youth.  Had we won 2 more games we would have finished second alone in the conference. 

I think Tate will be fine, he has done this rehab before.  Thompson isn't going anywhere, he is just trying to find out where he stands (he will grade back as "likely to go undrafted") and I hope he uses that as motivation to get better - I suspect he will.

Jent is a HUGE shot in the arm to this team - his intensity is strong (obviously) and his basketball IQ is very high.  The combination of him and Matta is going to be something special.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

I've been saying since early in the season that just ended, next year is going to be fun.  A young team grew up and was really just hitting stride when Tate got sidelined with his injury.  I expect next year's team to win the B1G and be a serious national title contender.  There is a lot of talent here, and it is going to have experience now.

And we all overrated a little about the transfers, which is understandable the way they came one after another, but the one thing that stands out about transfers from Mata's program.  Not one time can I ever remember there ever being 1 word written about him blocking a player from any school unlike most of his peers.  That says a lot about his character. 

Comment 21 Apr 2016

I think you are right. Jean played when I was a student and he was the most intense player I have ever seen come through here. Martta has certainly been that way as a coach, and from what ii have heard as a player as well. Whatever the eventual outcome these 2 guys clearly work very well together and I am thrilled that "the band is back together again" so to speak. 

Comment 21 Apr 2016

I was starting to get a little worried after not seeing this earlier in the week.  Glad it's a done deal.  Welcome home, Chris!

And not to fan the flames or start anything crazy, but it did occur to me that this might be the first phase of transition from Matta to Jent as HC in a few years.  I know Thad's drop foot issue hasn't improved, and the prognosis, unfortunately, doesn't seem positive.  Jent is only a a couple years younger that Matta too.  I just wonder if this is a way to get Jent back into the program so that an eventual transition is more smooth?  I think Jent will make a great HC some day, but I really, really want Matta to get at least 1 title before he has to hang it up. 

Comment 19 Apr 2016

I always take these with a grain of salt.  Each school can account for these things differently, and IMO the comparisons are not all that relevant.  I read where last year Oregon had a big bump because Uncle Phil gave a large donation, this year aTm had a stadium drive that added $90MM.  I also don't necessarily think it's a good thing how huge these #s are getting, it is just costing the fans more and more.  Ticket prices go up, merchandise goes up, etc.  

Comment 19 Apr 2016

1- How did we not get more pub about Joey Batters before his great grandson finished up his time here?

2- Look at that popularity chart, seems that there is an uptick after 90.  So maybe if you can hold on 100 you can approach the 25 level?

3- I have never and will never understand the fascination with Kuerig.  The coffee is not good, and is very weak.  Even if you use the "fill it yourself" basket with your own coffee, it still doesn't hold enough to make an actual strong cup of coffee.

4- Thanks for solving the mystery of how mail that I drop in the mailbox actually gets delivered to the right place :)

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Look across CBB and see what coach doesn't lean heavily on his bench, you will find that all of them do.  This past year, though Thad went 10 deep in pretty much every game, and even 11 at times with Bell.  With the way the game is called these days, it is very risky to play 2 bigs at the same time for any extended period.  They tend to clog the lane and are going to get called for more fouls.  I loved the way he used Giddens and TT this year, just wish that Giddens had more to offer on offense.  Plus, look at the length of the guys he has at the 3 and 4 spot, this is not by accident.  A versatile "small forward" who is 6'7" or so with a 7' wingspan is better than a second big who isn't a threat from the outside.  The one point I disagree with in the article is the desire to see a "more traditional line up",  I think those days are long gone and I like seeing the more versatile swing men that we have had.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

I don't follow recruiting, but I do find it kind of humorous when fans get worked up over it, and specifically things like this.  This coaching staff knows what it is doing and they aren't going to target a guy they don't have room for.  Transfers happen every year across CBB and when Thad gets that feeling that a guy (or guys) is leaning that way, he starts looking for how to replace him/them or fill an empty slot.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

I think next year's team is going to be a fun one to watch.  I have been saying that since the beginning of this past year and with the addition of Jent to the coaching staff and these guys all having a full year under their belt, I believe it even more so.  In fact we saw some flashes of what this team can be this past year.  Pretty much every time we went into the full court press, the games got fun, and during some games that was the deciding factor.  Actually the lack of using it more was a deciding factor in a few games as well.  I expect that next year we will see much more 94 foot action now that the coaches have a team full of guys they know and trust in these situations.

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Regarding the obstructed views in B-deck - they are terrible, and once I had an even worse one that Jim posted.  It was in the last row of B deck and our seats were close to the wall on our left (we were on the "visitors" side).  We literally could not see the top of the goal posts and couldn't see either scoreboard.  Whenever there was a FG, punt, or any kind of kick I had to wait for the crowd reaction to know what happened.  I also have a slight case of claustrophobia and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it through the game.  This was in the '90s before the renovation, and I haven't been back to B-deck since, but I suspect, at least on that side where there are no suites, the seats are still as bad, but they probably have TVs overhead now - at least they better if they charge any more than $10 for that ticket.