Mike Carpenter, Harry Black and Trevor Vallese react to the Illinois athletic department's plan to welcome back student athletes (along with a discussion as to what "student athlete" means). Later, a bonus interview with Chuck Koplinski, film critic and co-host of the "Reel Talk" podcast.
Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Harry Black recap the final episodes of The Last Dance. They tell tales of the Legend of Gimpy Pippens, take a brief look at the history of the post-Jordan Bulls, and wonder if the "poisoned pizza" was poisoned after all.
Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Harry Black react to The Last Dance, including Jordan as a leader/teammate, Pippen's folly, and the impact of MJ's retirement and comeback. They also discuss the state of Illinois football and issues with local sports coverage.
Mike Carpenter looks at the pros and cons of transfers for Illini basketball and football, including the possible addition of Chaundee Brown for Brad Underwood and two transfers in one week for Lovie Smith. Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play for BTN, ESPN and NBCS-Chi) hops on to talk about growing up in Deerfield, a stones-throw away from Michael Jordan and the 90's Bulls.
Mike Carpenter, Harry Black and Trevor Vallese react to The Last Dance parts 3 and 4, the ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls. Later in the episode (01:06:25), they move the discussion to the state of Illinois football and its lack of recruiting momentum.
Illini fans, exhale! Adam Miller signs his letter of intent for the University of Illinois. Mike Carpenter breaks down what the commitment means and how Underwood has set up Illinois basketball for sustained success, along with a brief discussion of Lovie Smith's lack of recruiting momentum. MLB expert Casey Boguslaw hops on the podcast to talk about baseball, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.