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Talking Illini

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Another Season Finale
Boz & Mr. G wrap up another great season of Talking Illini with the Voice of the Illini Brian Barnhart, and special guest Jean Driscoll, gold medalist in the Paralympic Games, and eight time winner of the Boston Marathon.
 

The Boz Show
There's no Mr. G today, but Boz has a bevy of co-hosts to take his place, including CSN's Gail Fischer, 2 time Olympic medalist and Champaign native Katherine Reutter, and the Big 10 Network's Dan Dakich. Plus, Spring Football Talk with Bob Assmussen.

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Bubble Burst
The Illini will be dancing, just on a smaller stage. No Big Dance, but a chance to make some noise in the NIT. We'll break it all down with Brad Sturdy & Mark Tupper.

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The Brink of Madness
Boz & Mr. G preview the Big 10 Tourney & the Illini's chances of making the Big Dance with the Daily Herald's Lindsay Willhite & Jim Jackson. Plus, Mark Silverman, President of the Big Ten Network.
 

March Madness Looming
ESPN TV Analyst Dickey Simpkins gives Boz and Mr. G an in-depth analysis of the Illini season and Shon Morris from the Big Ten Network joins the guys to talk about possible matchups in the tourney and which teams will make some noise.
 

Purdue Preview
Live Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago. Boz and Mr.G host a Talking Illini pre game show from 1 to 3 leading right up to tip off. Spread the word and bring a friend. GO ILLINI !!
 

Conference Countdown
Just 5 More Conference Games to get off of the bubble.. Let's Talk About It! Our guests are David Kaplan from Chicago Tribune Live and Ed Bond, Producer extraordinnaire from the Illini Sports Network. Plus, Jerry Palm, founder of the RPI. He says 11-7 conference record doesn't guarantee a date to the dance !

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Bring On the Badgers!
BTN'S Lead Anchor Dave Revsine will be broadcasting the Badger game but before he does he'll be Talking Illini with Boz and Mr.G! Plus, we'll get the Wisconsin perspective from JIm Rutledge, who covers the Badgers for ESPN Madison.
 

A Big Week for Illini Nation
Illini Rival's Publisher Jeff Johnson will join us to talk about Wednesday's Football signing day, the new coaches, and spring football. Big week for Hoops too. (They're all big !!!) We'll chek it out with Herb Gould.

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Talking Track & Field
Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald and Review is back on the program to talk a little hoops. Plus, Boz and Mr. G catch up with the Illini's Angela Bizzarri; Two Time National Champion in Track and Cross Country.

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Big Ten Breakdown
Boz & Mr. G see how the Illini stack up with the rest of the conference (at least on paper) when they hoop it up with the Big 10 Network's Tim Doyle.

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Talking Hoops with Stephen Bardo
Boz & Mr. G jam on all things hoops with ESPN & Illini Analyst Stephen Bardo

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A Visit with the Voice of the Illini
The voice of the Illini Brian Barnhart will join us to talk about the Northwestern and Gonzaga overtime tussles, the upcoming Iowa game and the rest of the BIg Ten schedule. Your thoughts? Join in on the conversation at 888-463-6748 or Talkingillini@yahoo.com
 

Hoops Heavy
We're taking a break from the football talk and talking all buckets today! Boz is back and John Supinie will join the fun.
 

Taking the Pulse of Illini Nation
Mr. G and co-host Illini CB examine the state of the Basketball Team and the Illini Football Coaches with Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times.
 

Cleaning Up the Mess
Coach Zook cleans house & Boz & Mr. G have the reaction from Illini Nation & the Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite. Plus, Brad Sturdy will give us his first hand report on the "Shootout at the Hall"
 

Football Wrapup & Vandy Preview
The suffering is finally over as the Football season ends & Boz & Mr. G set the table for tonight's game versus Vanderbilt. Plus, The News Gazette's Paul Klee and Herb Gould will talk hoops and the Alaskan Illini are scheduled to check in.
 

Wrap it Up
Boz & Mr. G welcome the News Gazette's football beat writer Bob Asmussen to help us attempt to put closure on the season. Plus, we talk football and hoops with Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times.
 

Thinking About The Future
Long Time Champaign News Gazette Columnist Loren Tate joins us to debate whether or not it is time for Ron Guenther to step aside. Plus, the Big 10 Network's Howard Griffith assesses the football program.
 

Northern Pre-Game
Boz & Mr. G preview tonight's action on the hardwood with Coach Jerrance Howard. Other guests will include new recruit Meyers Leonard and Brandon Pauls' mom Lynda.
 

Talking Illini with Ryan Baker
Boz & Mr. G will be Talking Illini with CBS2's Ryan Baker, who was basketball manager for the Illini back in 1989. Plus, our latest news and views on Illini Hoops and Football.
 

Rivals Day
It's Rivals day on Talking Illini as Boz and Mr.G welcome Jeff Johnson, editior and publisher of the Orange and Blue News.com as well as basketball writer Brad Sturdy
 

Staying Positive
Join us to talk more Illini sports! This week will include Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times & Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald & Review. Plus, Rich Gray, AAU Coach for top Illini recruit Bradley Beal.
 

Talking Hoops & Purdue Preview
This week will include Nnanna Egwu's AAU coach Mike Mullins and Stu Durando from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
 

What Next?
A change at QB apparently wasn't the answer... so what is? Boz & Mr. G try to figure out how the Illin can turn things around after a 1-4 start.

Then, the Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite checks in from the Basketball Media Day activities and Basketball commit Nnanna Egwu.
 

Basketball Preview with Coach Weber
Boz & Mr. G preview the upcoming hoops season with Coach Bruce Weber. Plus, we break down the Illinois / Penn State game with John Supine.
 

What's the Problem?
So what's the problem with the Illini? Are our recruits overrated or are our coaches underachieving? We discuss with Mark Tupper, and offer up our own reasons. Plus - Play-by-Play voice Steve Jones gives us the Nittany Lions' perspective on this weekend's game against Penn State.
 

Big 10 Preview!
Boz & Mr. G take a look at the Illini's Big 10 Schedule & scout out the competition with ESPN.Com's Adam Rittenberg & The Illini Sports Network's Kurt Kittner.

 

The First 'W'
Boz & Mr. G break down the Illini's first win of the season over ISU. They also talk recruiting with Scout.com's Jack Lyman
 

Missouri Wrap-Up
After a bad loss, it's time to vent, vent, vent!!! Also, Chicago Sun Times Illini Beat Writer Herb Gould checks in with Boz and Mr.G with a first hand report of the carnage down in St.Louis.
 

Kicking Off the New Season
Big Ten Network studio host and Mizzou Alum Mike Hall joins Boz and Mr G's on the season's premiere show. We'll also talk Illini Football with Champaign News Gazette sports writer Bob Asmussen.
 

Season Finale
Illini Football & Basketball Play-by-Play Voice Brian Barnhart joins Boz and Mr. G to recap Spring Football. Other guests will include Hall of Fame Journalist Taylor Bell, The Voice of the Illini Jim Sheppard, and Illini special teams Coach Mike Woodford.
 

Hoops & Recruiting
Boz & Mr. G hit the hardwood with Illini Forward Mike Davis. Then, they talk recruiting with Laurie Richter, author of Put Me in Coach, an essential guidebook for parents and their student-athletes who want to be recruited to compete in athletics at the college level.

Call the show live TODAY from Noon-2p CST, or e-mail your questions to TalkingIllini@yahoo.com
 

State of the Nation
While Boz is out at Wrigley celebrating 100 years of futility, Mr. G welcomes special co-host Kurt Kittner. Kurt & Mr. G will discuss the state of the nation & review the prospects for the upcomiong football season. We'll also hear from the Big 10 Network's Howard Griffith, and Herb Gould from the Chicago Sun-Times.
 

The Illini Offseason
Boz & Mr. G talk Illini Football and Hoops with Lindsey Willhite of the Daily Herald, Tyler Griffey's father Chris Griffey, Brandon Paul's Dad Cliff, and Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald and Review.

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The Final Four
Boz and Mr. G take a look at what's happening in the tourney, and also update you on what's new with the Illini with Brad Sturdy from Rivals.com and John Supine. Plus - find out who is winning our bracket contest.
 

Closing the Book on Illini Hoops
Boz & Mr. G talk Illini Hoops and the NCAA Tournament with Glenbrook Norths Head Basketball Coach (and Bruces Brother) David Weber and the Daily Heralds Lindsey Willhite.
 

On to the Big Dance
Boz & Mr.G discuss the Illinis matchup against Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tourney with Rob Herbst of the Bowling Green Daily News. Plus, they discuss the Tourney with ESPN-U's Dickey Simpkins.
 

Heading for the Post-Season with Brian Barnhart and Trent Meacham
Boz & Mr. G welcome back the Voice of the Illini Brian Barnhart, who will help us wrap up the regular season and look ahead to the post-season tourneys. Then Boz & Mr. G go one-on-one with Illini Guard Trent Meacham!
 

Winding Down the Regular Season
Boz & Mr. G welcome the Sun-Times Herb Gould back to the program, who helps the guys break down the Minnesota and Michigan State games, and also preview the Big 10 Tourney. Also learn about a new publication spotlighting Illinois High School Hoops.
 

News from On and Off the Court
Boz & Mr. G dish on the Ohio State and Penn State Games. Then Rivals.coms Brad Sturdy updates us with the latest basketball recruiting news. And Boz & Mr. G discuss the arrest of Josh Brent, and how that will impact the football program.
 

Talking Hoops with Loren Tate
Boz & Mr. G discuss the big wins over Northwestern and Indiana, and look back on the greatness of Illini past with Loren Tate. Plus, the latest recruting news and more!
 

The New Illini
Assistant Head Football Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Reggie Mitchell joins Boz & Mr. G to give us the scoop on the recently signed class of 2009. Then, the Voice of the Northwestern Wildcats, Dave Eanet, previews Thursdays basketball game.
 

Roundball Roundup
Head Coach of the Illinois Wolves AAU Program Mike Mullins makes his Talking Illini debut. Then, John Supinie returns to give us his Birds Eye View of the Minnesota and Iowa games. Plus, WGNs David Kaplan tells us about his Valentines Day High School doubleheader at Welsh Ryan in Evanston, featuring Warren v Glenbrook North & De LaSalle v North Lawndale.
 

Jammin' with Coach Jerrance Howard
Assistant Basketball Coach Jerrance Howard makes his Talking Illini debut. And with signing day about a week away, Scout.coms Jack Lyman will give us a report on football recruiting.
 

Recovering from Michigan State
Bruce Weber's squad had a chance to make a real statement, but came up short. Boz & Mr. G take a look at what's next for the Illini after their loss to Michigan State.

Plus, The Sun-Times' Herb Gould talks football and basketball.

 

The Return of Mr. G
Boz & the returning Mr. G. welcome back the Decatur Herald & Review's Mark Tupper who dishes on how the conference season is shaping up. Then - Herb Gould from the Sun-Times checks in for a round table on the state of the football program. And in our 2nd Hour - the Flying Illini's Ken Battle - live in studio!
 

Classin' Up the Joint with Gail Fischer
Illini alum Gail Fischer of Comcast Sportsnet Chicago joins Boz in studio to talk about the beginning of the conference basketball schedule and the new football Offensive Coordinator. Jerry Hester gives a first-hand report on the Purdue and Michigan games. Football writer Bob Asmussen talks about moves that Coach Zook is making behind the scenes. And Brandon Paul's coach Chuck Ramsey updates us on Brandon's progress and offers an opposing coach's scouting report on Jereme Richmond and Wayne Blackshear.
 

Minus Mr. G
Rivals.com's Brad Sturdy checks in during his travels from Pekin to Pontiac, where he's following future Illini in their holiday tournaments. Them- Tracy Abrams' coach Mike Flaherty joins Boz to talk about their holiday tournaments, and of course, new Illini recruit Tracy Abrams.
 

Hoops, Hoops and More Hoops!
Former Illini & NBA star Kendall Gill is our featured guest, and he's here with Boz & Mr G to talk hoops hoops and more hoops! Then, The Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite is also in the house with Boz and Mr.G. to give us the dish on all the news and notes from on and off campus.
 

Football Season Wrap-Up
Chicago Sun-Times Illini beat writer Herb Gould returns to give his final slant on the football season along with his observations to date on the basketball squad. Then- Craig Jefferies, head coach at Washington DC.s Dunbar High School, will tell us how Mike Locksleys leaving will affect recruiting in the DC area. And Scout.coms Jack Lyman will report on his observations of the Seven Game High School Shootout at the Assembly Hall Saturday.
 

Hoops, High School & A Bonafide Super Agent
Boz & Mr. G break down the Clemson & Georgia games, and check in with Tyler Griffeys dad to see how Tyler is doing. Then Boz gives us a first hand report on the Warren / Zion Benton game, and the Waukegan / Glenbrook North Game. Plus- Illini alum and sports agent mark Bartelstein provides insight on the world of representation and where some Illini of the past are now.
 

Tipping Off Hoops Season
News-Gazette columnist Loren Tate joins Boz & Mr. G to dissect the football season, and review the South Padre Island basketball tournament. Plus - a preview of the Illini's matchups with Clemson & Georgia.
 

Bowled Over
Illini Beat Writer John Supinie joins Boz and Mr.G to help figure out why the Illini football team is not going bowling. Then basketball analyst & former Illini star Jerry Hester will make his initial appearance to talk hoops.
 

Signing Day
Boz & Mr. G ger reaction from the families of Brandon Paul and Tyler Griffey on signing their letters of intent to play for Bruce Weber. The News Gazette's Bob Asmussen makes his second appearance to discuss whats going on on the gridiron. Plus - WGN Radio's Sports Director and Northwestern play by play man Dave Eanet will help preview the upcoming Football game with the Wildcats, and Coach Bruce Weber gives his thoughts on the newest members of his squad.
 

Western Michigan Frustration
Boz and Mr.G express their dissapointment over Western Michigan game with Daily Herald's Lindsey Willihite. Plus - Ohio State play-by-play man Paul Keels pays a visit to offer insight on the upcoming game against the Buckeyes, and Rivals.Com basketball writer Brad Sturdy make his initial visit to Talking Illini!
 

Holding Off the Hawkeyes
The Fighting Illini notched another win on Saturday, thanks to the foot of Matt Eller. Boz & Mr. G tackle the victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes with Mark Tupper from the Decatur Herald & Review. Then well look ahead to next weekends Western Michigan game with The Voice of Bronco Athletics, Robin Hook.
 

The Battle With The Badgers
The "Voice of the Illini" Brian Barnhart will check in again with Boz and Mr.G to discuss the Wisconsin loss and shares his thoughts for the remainder of the football season. WGN Radio and Comcast Sportsnet's David Kaplan will also be along for his innagural ride on Talking Illini. Plus - Pat Harty from the Iowa City Press-Citizen will offer insight on the Hawkeyes.
 

The Second Half
Kurt Kittner will check in again with Boz and Mr.G to break down the Illini's drubbing of Indiana, and to preview the second half od the season. Plus - Lance Davis, Host of The Badger Hour on Madison's Sports Radio 100.5 FM, joins Boz and Mr.G to offer insight on the upcoming game against Wisconsin.
 

Not a Great Homecoming for the Illini
Boz & Mr. G Tackle the Illini's Homecoming disapointment versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers with Herb Gould from the Sun-Times. Plus, Coach Bruce Weber talks about the upcoming basketball season, and live in Studio: Brandon Paul, 4-Star recruit from Warren High School in Gurnee who will sign his letter of intent in November.
 

A Big Win at Michigan
Boz and Mr.G will be joined by John Supinie,who covers the Illini for Gate-House News Services, to discuss Illinois HUGE win at Michigan and to preview this weekend's matchup with Minnesota. Plus in our 2nd hour, LB Martez Wilson is Talking Illini with Boz and Mr. G!
 

Tackling Penn State & Michigan
Boz & Mr. G welcome Champaign News Gazette Writer Bob Asumussen will talk about his trip to Not-So-Happy Valley. Then, Former Illini Quarterback Johnny Johnson will tell us how to win at the Big House. Plus - Boz & Mr. G line it up with the Fighting Illini's Will Davis.
 

The Season So Far
Boz and Mr.G preview the Illini's matchup with Penn State and take an in-depth look at the rest of the Big 10 Season. Plus - Scout.com's Jack Lyman helps us review the current state of the football squad during the bye week as well as recruiting for 2009.
 

Wrapping Up Louisiana-Lafayette!
Chicago sports broadcaster Jon Cohn sits in as guest host with Boz this week, as the Illini Nation breathes a sigh of relief after a close win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Plus - sportswriter Lindsey Willhite from the Daily Herald offers his analysis of the Illini, and previews the next big challenge: traveling to Penn State to face JoePa and the Nittany Lions.
 

The NEW Memorial Stadium
Boz and Mr.G break down the home opener against Eastern Illinois, with Mark Tupper, Executive Sports Editor of the Decatur Herald and Review. Then - want to know more about Illini recruits Bud Golden and Steve Hull from Sycamore High in Cincinnati? We'll talk to their coach Scott Dattilo. Plus- Ragin' Cajuns play by play announcer Jay Walker gives his insight on the upcoming game with Louisiana-Lafayette. And of course, Boz & Mr.G will answer calls and e-mails from the Illini Nation.
 

Breaking Down the Opener
Boz and Mr.G disect the Missouri game and look ahead to the Eastern Illinois game, with the help of the Voice of the Illini, Brian Barnhart. Plus - Head Football Coach of Morgan Park High School Lexie Spurlock, and some special guests from Illini's past.
 

Countdown to Kickoff 2008
Boz and Mr.G bring you up to date on this Year\'s Fighting Illini football squad just five days before the first kickoff against Missouri. They\'ll also introduce you to two high school football coaches you should definitely know! Plus- the Chicago Sun-Times\' Herb Gould is Talkin Illini live in studio, and Kurt Kittner previews the opener!
 

Media Day at Camp Rantoul
Illinois football opened year four of the Ron Zook era at Camp Rantoul on Monday 8/4. But the day before that, the Fighting Illini met the media, and Boz was there to get into the huddle with some important members of the defensive squad - Linebacker Rodney Pittman, Safety Travon Bellamy, and Linebacker Martez Wilson!
 

Coach Zook Talking Illini With Boz
Illinois Head Football Coach Ron Zook lines up with Boz, to tackle questions on recruiting, his defense, the running back position, the upcoming season, and more!

Photo Courtesy of the University of Illinois
 

Boz Congratulates Deron on Selection To Olympic Team
He helped take Illinois to the Final Four. Now he's hoping to take Team USA to the Gold. Shortly after he was named to the US Olympic Basketball Team, Deron Williams met the media, and Boz was there to say congrats.

Photo Courtesy of the Utah Jazz
 

Coach Weber Talking Illini With Boz
Illinois Head Basketball Coach Bruce Weber goes one-on-one with Boz on his offseason, his 30 years as a coach, recruiting, and watching some of his former players compete in the NBA.