Happy Friday Illini Nation!
My name is Brad and I've been added to the TCR staff to help cover all things Illini Athletics.
I spent my tenure on campus from 2009-2012 in the Marching Illini, Basketball Band, and Volleyball Band and have been following the Illini since I can remember. We were lucky enough to travel with the football and basketball team all over the country and in venues that make Ryan Field look like a high school stadium, and I still follow our team daily even though I'm now in the "working world."
There are a handful of Illini moments that I would call my favorites. The Halloween Michigan game produced one of the most electric atmospheres I've ever seen in Memorial Stadium, experiencing College Gameday in Assembly Hall (err, SFC) and beating 5th ranked Michigan State on national TV was incredible (as well as rushing the floor), and beating Northwestern at Wrigley Field all provided memorable experiences that I hope will return to our program in the near future.
Aside from the Illini, I join Jim and Trevor in the Bleacher Bum category, I root for the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and Chicago Wolves (my hockey team north of the city!); and follow the PGA Tour on a weekly basis.
Some of you are familiar with my Fanposts and writing style, and I hope to provide another look on a wide variety of topics throughout the season. I will also be working closely with the rest of the TCR team to provide coverage of the Illini from every angle all year long.
We'll back you to stand 'gainst the best in the land,
for we know you have sand, Illinois.