Ron Zook And The Illini To Be Featured On BTN

Friday, June 27, 2008

Man they just keep coming up with more and more reality TV ideas don't they? This time it's in the college ranks as Ron Zook's team is going to be followed around by cameras. The Big Ten network is doing a second season of "The Journey" and Illinois is its choice....

Zook is prepared to go in front of the cameras with his coaches and players for a Big Ten Network series called "The Journey."

BTN officials plan to announce Thursday the Illini will be featured in Season 2. Minnesota and its first-year basketball coach, Tubby Smith, were the series' guinea pigs.

"I talked with Tubby and he was impressed with their professionalism," Zook said. "He had the same fears in the beginning as I do."

Chief among those fears?

"This will be like having someone in your bedroom," Zook said.

The first installment of "Illinois Football: The Journey" will air Sept. 2 and last an hour. The series is slated for 10 to 13 episodes, most 30 minutes long.
Well isn't that fun? I think it's official that I need and want the Big Ten Network on my cable plan. I'll even pay to see Zook's bedroom!

Big Ten Network goes behind scenes with Illinois (Chicago Sports)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:06 PM


Wouldn't "Michigan Football: Missing A Bowl Game" been more compelling?

Anonymous said...
Jun 27, 2008, 2:32:00 PM  

Hah. Yes it probably would (Dick!).

Jun 27, 2008, 2:34:00 PM  

Wouldn't "Michigan State Football: Praying To Make the Motor City Bowl" been more accurate?


Anonymous said...
Jun 27, 2008, 3:11:00 PM  

I woner how Zooker is going to disguise his paying of recruits? I just find it hard to believe that that idiot can pull that much good talent.

GMoney said...
Jun 27, 2008, 4:04:00 PM  

Purdue and Michigan turned this down before the BTN turned to Illinois.

Anonymous said...
Jun 27, 2008, 4:05:00 PM  

I'm hoping the Zookster's daughter makes an appearance or two ... wowzers!!!

Anonymous said...
Jun 27, 2008, 4:06:00 PM  

Anon @ 3:11: MSU is in a better position, for this year, than Michigan is. We have most of the important players back (as opposed to pretty much none). On top of that, last year all of our losses were close (whereas Michigan got destroyed in all but one of theirs and had several narrow escapes in their wins). Results in close games aren't entirely luck, but they are a decent indicator of which way a team is likely to move. A team that lost a lot of close games doesn't have to improve much to get several more wins (see: Illinois 2006). I don't think there'll be much difference between Michigan and MSU this year (nor am I entirely convinced there was much last year - if we don't go to the prevent with 8 minutes left, we probably beat Michigan and end up with identical 8-5 records after the bowls).

Anonymous said...
Jun 27, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

hey gmoney, i' d rather have Zook than the sluts Petrino and lou and nick saban!!!!!!

Anonymous said...
Jun 28, 2008, 7:32:00 PM  

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