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Illinois interim coach Jamall Walker and senior guard Malcolm Hill discuss the Illini's opening round NIT victory against Valparaiso.
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The keyboarding is so distracting. Have people just forgotten who they are producing this stuff for? It's one thing to have background noise, it's another to record on your laptop and keyboard on it at the same time like hitting the keys repeatedly so close to the mic couldn't possibly be a problem.
I wish I could know that Coach Jamall Walker would read this because I want to say to him that I have so much respect for him, his work, his attitude and for his words and statements, especially since the release of Coach Groce. Others have said of John Groce that he has "class" and he has conducted himself in that way, and I agree with that, but Jamall Walker has shown tremendous class and such grace; his statements have been a fresh breath of wisdom and honesty in his public comments. I loved his closing comments today about challenging the team members to know their own identity and know who they are versus those who (my words, not his) are loud-mouth, know-it-all wannabe coaches who have no hesitation to speak ill about people who are working and accomplishing at a level of both energy and results that those loud mouths only fantasize about! That last game against Valparaiso was thrilling because you could see a team that was standing tall, chins up, playing hard - and Coach Walker and the coaching staff were leading that charge. We're very proud of you all and wish you could know that, from what we know, the love for you all out here far exceeds those no-nothing loud mouths who imagine that they are coaches and/or players when really they're just blowhards. It is always touching when the players mention "the fans" and I always think that the players deserve fans who are so much better than the fans the Illini teams get - Our team and coaches are gracious and grateful even when their fans are neither. Well, plenty of us out here love you all so thank you Coach Walker and all the coaches and players.