Illini Nation On Edge As Recruiting Rumors Swirl

My Friday, Nov. 15. column from CBS Chicago

illini(CBS) Queasy. Jaded. Worried.

Constipated. Disoriented. Resigned.

Optimistic. Stoked. Ready.

When it comes to moods, Illini Nation has more of them than a stack of Psychology 101 textbooks. And, really, it’s for good reason considering the emotional roller coaster that the fan base seems ticketed to perpetually ride no matter if the sport is football or basketball, or who either program’s coach might be.

Early this morning on Twitter, with Chicago Curie’s basketball super recruit Cliff Alexander set to announce his college choice at 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, I threw out a simple question on Twitter, “In one word, how you feelin’ this morning, Illini fans?”

Expectedly, what I got back was a flurry of brief but complex answers, a handful of which I shared above.

The reason for Illinois fans’ sudden bout of nausea was because on Thursday night, word broke that Illini point guard commitment Quentin Snider is wavering and reportedly reconsidering Louisville – his hometown school and where he was committed prior to pledging Illinois. Meanwhile, online buzz also began to swirl about Kansas as Alexander’s projected destination, causing much of Illini Nation to feel like it was standing on a cliff.

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