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Wrapping Up Louisiana-Lafayette!
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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.
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SEPTEMBER 15th EDITION - HOUR 1
It should have been an easy win, and it turned into a scare. Boz & The Coach look at the Illinis squeaker over UL-Lafayette. Plus - we take to the court with Womens Volleyball Head Coach Don Hardin, and get all the ins and outs of recruiting from Illinois Compliance Director Chris Peacock.
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SEPTEMBER 15th EDITION - HOUR 2
The Daily Heralds Lindsey Willhite gives his thoughts on whats been wrong with the Illini this season, the Night of Legends and which teams he thinks have been a pleasant surprise so far this season. Plus - Coach & Boz look ahead to the Penn State game.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Jon Cohn
Jon Cohn has been the Morning Break host at Chicago's AM1240 WSBC/AM1470 WCFJ for five years. He also announces high school sports for Comcast Television. In addition, he is owner and Director of JC Sports and Tees Inc. The “Coach” as he is known on the show, has been a high school and youth sport coach in the area for over 30 years, and is currently head varsity coach for girls basketball at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka. Previously the “Coach’ hosted weekend overnights on The Score Sports Radio AM670, and was the host on the Award Winning program — Naked Truth About Sports on WCBR 92.7. Currently The “Coach” resides in the northern suburbs in Illinois, and continues to search for the “Real Meaning Of Life” ………… And More Listeners!!!



 
Don Hardin
Don Hardin and Illinois volleyball are deeply intertwined. In five years as an assistant coach and 11 more as head coach, Hardin has been a part of half of the 34-year history of Illinois volleyball. Over that time, Hardin has been a part of eight of Illinois\' 16 NCAA appearances, including the 1987 Final Four. Through the years, Hardin has put into practice all the aspects that make a successful program, and as Illinois begins its fourth decade, the Illini program continues to be a national leader. Hardin believes in the connection between the entire Illinois volleyball family -- players, coaches, fans, parents, support staff, administrators, faculty, community, and the student body. Hardin, who is on the verge of 400 career wins and 200 victories at Illinois, guided Illinois to its best season since 1992 in 2003, with the Illini going 26-7 and tying for second in the Big Ten. The Illini finished ranked No. 15 in the nation. In addition, Hardin emphasizes academic performance with this student-athletes. In his first ten seasons, every player has returned in good academic standing. he has coached 28 athletes who have collected a combined 55 Academic All-Big Ten honors at Illinois. Melissa Beitz earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 1998 and \'99; Shadia Haddad was named Verizon/CoSIDA Academic-All District in 2001, and Kathleen Bazzetta earned that distinction in 2003. Hardin has had 50 players earn the university\'s George Huff Award, recognizing excellence in academics and athletics, while middle blocker Betsy Spicer was named the 2001 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner. Middle blocker Kelly Scherr also was a Medal of Honor recipient in 1997. A native of Indiana, Pa., Hardin received his undergraduate degree in physical education from the University of Illinois in 1982. He and his wife Kim, who works as a physical therapist, reside in Champaign.



 
Chris Peacock
Chris Peacock is finishing his fifth year at Illinois after being named Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance in July 2003. As director of compliance, he is responsible for the administration of a comprehensive rules compliance program that includes the continuous development of policies and procedures, rules education, rules interpretations and auditing/monitoring systems. The compliance office also investigates and reports rules violations to the Big Ten Conference and NCAA as required and coordinates the agent and advisor registration program. Prior to joining the Illinois staff, Peacock was Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance and Administrative Services and Director of Compliance at the University of Toledo from 1997-2003. He also served as Director of Compliance and Student Services at Towson University from 1995-97 and as assistant director for compliance and student services at the University of Cincinnati during the 1994-95 school year. Peacock served one year as a graduate assistant at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned his master¹s degree in sport management in 1995. He earned a bachelor¹s degree in business at Miami University in 1990.



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