Well, tonight is the last night for the Chief. First off, it is going to be on ESPNU which I don’t get through my cable service. Let’s hope someone puts it on Illini Torrent at some point in the next couple of days. Second of all, while I might not agree with what the University has done, I have to stand behind them. Excuse my non-PC comment, but these wack jobs have been after the Chief since I was at Illinois. And, I’m sure they’ve been after him since way before I was there. It was only a matter of time. The waste of money and resources over a meaningless target is sickening in my opinion. We have students failing out, binge drinking, and unable to pay their tuition, and we are more concerned with a halftime show?!?!? I’m guessing some of the more fanatic Chief haters will want us to get rid of the logo and change the name, but I’m hoping this will quiet them for now. Congratulations…you won. Now go away.
Speaking of binge drinking, Jamar Smith is obviously in some hot water. Let me say this first, I like Jamar Smith. I think he could have been a team leader and a great shooter, but he made a BIG mistake. Not only was he twice over the legal limit when he crashed his car, he let his teammate lie dying in his car without calling 911. In my opinion, these are inexcusable offenses. I think Weber needs to send a strong message to Jamar Smith and the rest of the team…this will not be tolerated. Some have argued that Rich McBride did not get a hard enough punishment. Maybe now is the time for Weber to make a statement. Out for a year? Off the team? I’m not sure, but I think it needs to be significant.
Where is the good news?