We have real football again! Finally. College football season openers are this Saturday, August 31st. Illini football takes on FCS school Southern Illinois as part of Social Media Day. All Illini fans Liking the official Fighting Illini football Facebook page and following the @Illini Football Twitter account will be entered to win a personalized Illinois jersey. Just enter by halftime Saturday.
Also, Facebook fans and Twitter followers can win a pair of tickets to the Sept. 14th Chicago Homecoming versus the Washington Huskies at Soldier Field. The winners will be announced at Memorial Stadium and on Illini football social media pages at the end of the third quarter versus SIU.
Obviously, this match-up would be more intriguing in basketball. Say in a tournament in March. However, Salukis football did produce Bart Scott, the famous former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets linebacker who now has a new NFL pregame show on CBS Sports. (it debuts September 8th)
Tim Beckman was on conference call today to preview the game on Saturday.
“The bottom line is they have to come out and perform, and we have to believe in them, we’re with them 20 hours a week. And not even allowed to be with them in the summer, which I think is nuts, but that’s just my opinion. What I’ve seen with this football team is a credit to what our players have done,” Beckman said.
“For the last nine months, there’s been a belief and a sense of urgency to perform as a family, perform as a team,” he said about his Illini.
Social Media Day will use the hashtag #Illini. Selected photos, and yes even selfies, will be retweeted and shared by the official Fighting Illini football social media accounts. Some Illini tweets will make it to the new video jumbotron at Memorial Stadium.
It’s been in the mid 90s all week in Champaign, so don’t be surprised if this 11 A.M. kickoff ends up as one of the hottest games in Memorial Stadium. Both Tim Beckman, and the hilarious fake Illini Coach Tim Beckman are very active on Twitter.
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)
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