On Thursdays, radio talent Brian Barnhart takes your questions. Submit them any time - on any topic - and he'll be sure respond.
Good morning! Kind of weird to not have a game to do during this past week. It will get busy again though starting on Saturday with the game against Nebraska...the trip to Iowa on Tuesday...and the season finale at Ohio State on March 10th....
Lets get started
My question is about the end of game interviews.
How do you guys decide who you want to talk to on the radio right as the game ends? I assume TV has first dibs. Do you communicate that somehow?
Then I assume you get word to Derek or Kent to let them know? Does TV do the same thing?
Thanks for the insight.
Thanks for the question!
If the Illini lose the game we don't do a player interview
If the Illini win the game, Derrick Burson or Kent Brown from the Sports Information Office will provide us with an interview.
How it usually works is that TV will submit a request for a player and then Derrick or Kent will pass a note to me to let me know who they will bring to be on with Jerry and me on the radio.. Normally it is not the player that is interviewed on television.
Part of that process has to do with how much time is available to do the interview. You want the players to be able to get to the locker room and celebrate with their teammates after a big win as soon as possible. But you also want to make the key players of the game available to radio and television. It is a balancing act.
Has anyone at the UI ever thought of playinf a video of the Chief's halftime appearance at halftime of previos games on the scoreboard at halftime of current games. A good way to ref up the crowd!
Don't know what the exact NCAA restrictions would be on playing a Chief video to rev up the crowd but I am guessing you are not going to see that happen.
The "Three-in-One" they continue to play at halftime of the basketball games fires up the crowd anyway so it seems to have an effect on its own.... with or without a video of the Chief.
As they say at Staples....That was easy. Talk to you Saturday from the Assembly Hall as we celebrate 50 years in that building.