There’s A First For Everything… This Is About Madness!

The last time I followed college basketball closely was 2002 when the Fighting Illini were in the March Madness discussion for the second year in a row. At the time I was three years away from having to start thinking about college.

When it came time for me to apply to colleges three years later I applied to three schools. University of Illinois at Chicago (U of I) , Ferris State University, and DePaul University. At the time I was a computer nerd and self-taught website developer with above average knowledge. As a result, my college counselor told me to apply to U of I Chicago and use it as a back-door to get down to Champaign, IL since they are known for their Computer Science program.

So I did and I was rejected. I got into both of the other schools then was convinced by my sister to choose DePaul. She was still an undergrade at DePaul and felt she’d be able to help me choose my General Education courses based on the professor that was teaching them when I registered for classes.

When I was attending DePaul it had been at least a couple of years since their basketball team was even remotely good. As a result, my days following college sports ended abruptly. Back in 2020 when DeWayne Peevy took over as Director of Athletics for DePaul it was rumored locally that he’d hire Chris Holtmann away from Ohio State University.

When Peevy hired Holtmann last month it caught my attention in a big way.  Why you ask? Simple. The last time the Blue Demons made it to the Final Four I was not even a twinkle in my moms eye.

Here’s the thing folks: There is still a lot of recruiting that needs to be done by Holtmann and Peevy over the next few years. However, Holtmann being named the Head Coach of DePaul’s men’s basketball program marks the first time since the Ray Meyer era from 1942 thru 1984 where the Blue Demons will have a solid chance at getting back to the final four.

With that…. things are going to get interesting in downtown Chicago at Wintrust Arena over the next few year!

If you cannot play with them, then root for them.

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