The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter
Plan B (08/13/20)

Plan B (08/13/20)

August 13, 2020

After the Big Ten officially cancels the fall football season, what now?  Mike Carpenter looks at possible alternatives, including Jeff Brohm's proposal for spring football.  Later, Harry Black hops on the show to talk about the craziest college football week in a long time.

Lights Out (08/10/20)

Lights Out (08/10/20)

August 10, 2020

With the cancellation of Big Ten football and other conferences soon to follow, Mike Carpenter looks at the myriad of frustrations - for students, athletes, fans, and others - and how we got to this point.

Thursday Night Lights (08/06/20)

Thursday Night Lights (08/06/20)

August 6, 2020

Lovie Smith's Illini will kick off the college football season with a Thursday night home game against Ohio State. Mike Carpenter breaks down the 10-game conference schedule, along with best-and-worst-case scenarios.  Later, Alex Roux (The Take Ten Podcast, BTN) joins the podcast to talk Illini basketball, football, and Lou Henson memories.

They’re Baaack! (08/03/20)

They’re Baaack! (08/03/20)

August 3, 2020

Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn announce their return to Brad Underwood's program for one last hurrah.  Mike Carpenter reacts to the surprising news, along with the passing of Illini legend Lou Henson and Meyers Leonard's stance on the national anthem.

Attack of the Coronabros! (07/21/20)

Attack of the Coronabros! (07/21/20)

July 21, 2020

Mike Carpenter discusses how the Clay Travises of the media world are dumbing down the conversation of sports returning during COVID-19, and how being a "coronabro" isn't so bad after all.

Casey at the Bat (07/17/20)

Casey at the Bat (07/17/20)

July 17, 2020

Mike Carpenter looks at what an Illinois football gameday will look like in the fall, following an announcement from Josh Whitman about seating capacity, tailgating, and more.  Casey Boguslaw (writer/analyst, @FutureSox) takes a deep dive into the upcoming MLB season, including division races, sleeper teams, and the many follies of Rob Manfred.

Ryan Baker (07/14/20)

Ryan Baker (07/14/20)

July 14, 2020

Mike Carpenter has a conversation with Ryan Baker (CBS Chicago morning anchor) about his career in journalism, experiences with racism, the transition from sports to news media, and what the Flyin' Illini would have to say about current issues facing student athletes.

Feliz Navidaum (07/09/20)

Feliz Navidaum (07/09/20)

July 9, 2020

The House of 'Paign pulls off the 16 vs. 1 upset, all while conquering the ghosts of Buckeye past in a thrilling TBT victory.  Mike Carpenter also speaks with Professor Sheldon Jacobson on the risks associated with college football during the COVID-19 pandemic.

100th Episode Spectacular!!! (07/06/20)

100th Episode Spectacular!!! (07/06/20)

July 6, 2020

An arbitrary milestone, but a milestone nonetheless!  Mike Carpenter celebrates the 100th episode of The 200 Level by bringing on co-host emeritus Steve Breitweiser, along with current co-hosts Harry Black, Trevor Vallese, and Isaac Ambrose. 

Shannon Ryan (07/02/20)

Shannon Ryan (07/02/20)

July 2, 2020

Mike Carpenter talks to Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune) about Illini linebacker Milo Eifler's comments on player safety, COVID-19's effects on college sports, students speaking out, and the importance of journalism.  

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