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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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Episode Segments:
 
Talking Illini 4/6 Hour One
Boz and Mr. G give their thoughts on the National Title game. They have major props for Tom Izzo and the Spartans, but not many nice things to say about the CBS announce crew. Then, Lindsay Wilhite from the Daily Herald joins the program & gives his take on the game. We also hear from Tyler Griffeys dad, Chris, who gives us an update on the Illini recruit, and Illini Assistant Coach Jerrance Howard talks about the possibility of two freshmen starting.
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Talking Illini 4/6 Hour Two
Lindsay Wilhite talks about the high expectations for the Illini when they take the court next season. Then, Herb Gould of the Sun Times checks in from the Frozen Four in Detroit for a preview & Mark Tupper of Decatur Herald and Review comments on the Jerrance Howard rumors. They also share their take on the state of the Illini Basketball program, the expectations for next season, and comment on some on and off the field stories from the football program.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Herb Gould Gould
Herb Gould has covered Illini athletics for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 15 years. He also has written about the Blackhawks, Bears, Cubs, White Sox and Notre Dame extensively for the Sun-Times. A Chicago native, he holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern.



 
Jerrance Howard
Jerrance Howard is in his second season as an assistant coach at Illinois after returning to his alma mater on Sept. 19, 2007. A native of Peoria, Ill., Howard was a four-year letterwinner for the Fighting Illini from 2001-04. During his career, Illinois compiled a record of 104-31 overall and 48-16 in the Big Ten. The Illini won three Big Ten championships, a Big Ten Tournament title and appeared in the NCAA Tournament all four years, advancing to the Elite Eight in 2001 and the Sweet 16 in both 2002 and 2004. Howard played point guard for the Illini, backing up All-Americans Frank Williams, Dee Brown and Deron Williams. He quickly developed a reputation as the program's inspirational leader and went on to serve as tri-captain as a junior and senior. He also was a two-time winner of the Kenny Battle Award, an accolade voted upon by the players and coaches and given to an Illini who earns the respect of his teammates through hard work and effort in games and practice each day.



 
Mark Tupper
Mark Tupper is the Executive Sports Editor of the Decatur Herald & Review and has covered Illini football and basketball for the past 25 years. He wrote the book \"Through My Eyes: The Greatest Season in Illini History,\" with basketball coach Bruce Weber and has written a book for young readers about the life of former Illini basketball star Brian Cook. He co-hosts a weekly radio show, \"Sports Night Decatur\" each Thursday and does other on-air work for radio station WSOY (1340 AM, Decatur).



 
Lindsey Willhite
Lindsay has been writing for the Daily Herald since 1989 and has covered Illinois exclusively since the 2002 Sugar Bowl.