Former Illini hoops assistant in trouble (health and otherwise) at Texas Tech

It looks like Billy Gillespie, a key assistant under Bill Self at the University of Illinois, is in trouble again.

He's had issues with alcohol, including DUI arrests and a treatment program, but what's happening at Texas Tech goes beyond that.

A new recommendation -- Jim’s Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club, Vol. LVI

This pseudo-intellectual isn’t much for recommending fiction. But I’ve grown fond of the mystery series produced by Michael Connelly and John Sanford.
Now I can add James Benn to that list. His “Billy Boyle” mysteries, set in the midst of the Allied High Command in Europe during World War II, are just different enough to past muster with this pseudo-discriminating reader.

"Legend" --- The latest from Jim's Pseudo Intellectual Book Club

Jim’s Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club — Vol. LIV
The mysterious events surrounding the November 1963 assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas continue to fascinate — hence, today’s recommendation.

Are college sports simultaneously terrific and terrible? You decide

Big changes are coming to major college sports, and not just in the form of new super-conferences.

The crime of the century from Jim’s Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club — Vol. LIII

It’s been nearly 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Tex., but the case continues to fascinate.
How could such a thing have happened? More importantly, who did it?

Good news for Illini hoop fans?



Illinois basketball fans have had their share of frustrations this year. But they may be getting some good news from an unexpected source  -- the NCAA.

The final solution to a hoops conundrum

In these trying times, there are great questions, and there are GREAT questions.

Hoopheads have long debated how to approach the final seconds of a ballgame ( up by three with seven seconds or less left) when the good guys (Illinois) have a three-point lead and the bad guys (Indiana, Duke, Michigan - take your pick) have the ball.

How Obama Thinks -- Or Not

An article in Forbes magazine has drawn White House ire.