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News-Gazette columnist Loren Tate joins Boz & Mr. G to dissect the football season, and review the South Padre Island basketball tournament. Then, Brandon Paul's dad will give us a first hand report of Brandon's opening weekend including the match up with Waukegan and Jereme Richmond. Plus - a preview of the Illini's matchups with Clemson & Georgia.
Episode Segments:
Cliff Paul, father of Illini recruit Brandon Paul, talks about Brandon's performance at the annual Thanksgiving Round Robin Tournament in Waukegan. Then Tim Bourret, Clemson Sports Information Director, gives the guys an update on the Tigers' season so far and how they match up against the Illini. And Georgia play-by-play announcer Scott Howard talks about the Bulldogs season so far and what the Illini can expect from them.
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Legendary sports columnist Loren Tate, who has covered University of Illinois sports for more than 40 years, talks about the state and the future of the Illini football program. He also shares his take on the Illini Basketball Program.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Loren Tate
Loren Tate was born November 3, 1931 in Owensboro, KY. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1949 and from the University of Illinois in 1953. He was sports editor at the Hammond (IN) Times from 1955-1966 and has been with the News Gazette since 1966, serving as their sports editor for many years. Tate was sports director at WICD-TV for 11 years, co-hosts “Saturday Sportsline” with Jim Turpin on WDWS and has served as a long time analyst and broadcaster for Illini sports. Tate is also the author of the book “A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball”. Tate was inducted into the IHSA Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Illinois’ honorary Varsity I award. Other honors include:

1988 – AP Story Editors Award for best news story for a story on Neal Stoner

1988 – News Gazette Employee of the Year

1992 – Inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame

2000 – Inducted into the Monticello High School Hall of Fame

2003 – News Gazette Publisher’s Award