10/18/11 Writing Illini’s Morning Dump-A brief rundown of Illini sports news from around the media landscape

Fall seems to be setting in here in Chicago. 42 degrees and raining…ech. On to the news:

Collinsville’s Michelle Bartsch helps push Illinois volleyball to No. 1

“If an athlete’s good enough to do both (sports) at a high level, it’s good for them,” Hambly said. “When you only play volleyball. you’re using the same muscles all the time.”

Nice to see volleyball get some out-of-town coverage! The quote points up an interesting idea. As I recall, Weber also mentioned the negative effects of specialization for athletes just the other day. Intuitively, Hambly’s comment makes sense. Playing a variety sports probably helps the player stay healthy by keeping other muscle groups in shape. I also think there’s something to the idea of playing other sports to develop your competitiveness in a general sense. The forces at work in big-time college sports tend to restrict this type of behavior; the competition for scholarships among players is intense, and the pressures to which coaches are subject reward caution.

B1G Basketball Preview: Illinois

Incoming freshman Mike Shaw could make waves in the Big Ten this season. A 6’8″ power forward from De La Salle High School in Chicago, he is capable of playing both inside and outside and can shoot facing the basket.

I see Illinois standing still at around 5th or 6th in the Big Ten this season. They have the advantage of only having to play Michigan State once, and at home no less. However, they only get to play Penn State, Indiana and Iowa once a piece and two of those games are on the road.
Expect Illinois to pick up around 9 wins in Big Ten play – out of 18 total games – and sneak back into the NCAA tournament with a couple of quality preseason wins on their resume.

Pretty reasonable if pro forma preview of the Illini. I feel our B1G schedule is pretty unfavorable, maybe one of the toughest in the league thanks to the singletons against the dregs of the league.

Incoming freshman Mike Shaw could make waves in the Big Ten this season. A 6’8″ power forward from De La Salle High School in Chicago, he is capable of playing both inside and outside and can shoot facing the basket.

I found this to be a little startling. Of all the new guys we’ve got, Buckeye Battlecry sees Mike Shaw as our new player to watch? I think Shaw’s going to eventually be great for the Illini, but he doesn’t have the look of an impact player. He will, however, be operating in a position of need.

Supinie: Tepper welcomed back to Memorial

His defenses were tough, led by stars such as Dana Howard, Kevin Hardy and Simeon Rice, but the Illini struggled on offense, especially after firing offensive coordinator Greg Landry.

Kind of reminds you of the way Saturday’s game went, doesn’t it? Now we know why… Tepper was a really nice guy, though. I guess he’s out of a job. Maybe Zook could bring him on as a special teams consultant.

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