By Mike Pearson 24 Sep, 2017
We'll be in Champaign-Urbana from September 27th thru the 30th to promote and sign the new third edition of ILLINI LEGENDS, LISTS & LORE

Here's our schedule:

• Wed., Sept. 27 -- I'll be a guest on WCIA-TV's (Channel 3) ciLiving . It airs at 4 p.m. CT.

• Thu., Sept. 28 -- We'll be on WCIA's Morning Show at 6:45 a.m. 

• Thu., Sept. 28 -- I'll be the Guest Speaker at the Illini Quarterback Club at 11 a.m.  Come join us at the Players Lounge at Memorial Stadium. We'll sign books afterwards.

• Fri., Sept. 29 -- I'll be on Stevie Jay's show (93.5 FM) at 8:35 a.m.  Listen live at .

• Fri., Sept. 29 -- We'll be signing books at the Illini Union Bookstore (809 S. Wright St. Champaign) at 4 p.m. A surprise Illini "legend" will be accompanying us.

• Sat., Sept. 30 -- I'll be on WDWS Radio's (1400-AM) Saturday Sportsline , beginning at 9:10 a.m. Listen live at .

Sat., Sept. 30 -- At 10:30 a.m., we'll be leading a Sesquicentennial Series chat at the State Farm Center's Traditions Club (10:30am). After our presentation, we'll be signing books.

• Sat., Sept. 30 -- An Illini "legend" is going to join us to sign books at Barnes & Noble (65 E. Marketview Drive, Champaign) at 7 p.m.

By Mike Pearson 02 Sep, 2017

Top of the Morning, Sept. 2, 2017

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 6:00am  | Jim Rossow

"When I was living in C-U, I clipped 'em every Sunday," said Pearson, the former UI sports information director who now lives in Oxford, Ohio.

Pearson, 66, will return to town Sept. 28-30 in conjunction with the release of the third edition of his book, "Illini Legends, Lists & Lore." Last updated in 2002, its 472 pages include more than 1,000 photos, names of every Illini letter winner — "between 10,000 and 12,000," he said — and, of course, birthdays. Lots of birthdays.

"I get requests all the time," Pearson said. "People love to see their name in print."

There are 15 new chapters in the latest "Illini Legends, Lists & Lore" (University of Illinois Press) and a noticeable spotlight on women's athletics (two pages per school year starting in 1974-75).

Pearson said there will be a fourth edition. I asked to predict the lead story:

DATELINE: St. Louis. April 2021

Led by his senior class of Mark Smith, Trent Frazier, Matic Vesel, D'Monte Williams and Greg Eboigbodin, coach Brad Underwood's Fighting Illini buried an NCAA championship-game-record 25 three-pointers, each scored within a seven-second possession, to defeat North Carolina, 75-58. Illinois' first-ever national title came against a Tar Heel team that was playing in its first Final Four since coming off a lengthy NCAA probation. Throughout the game, an ear-deafening war chant from Illini fans spurred on the Orange and Blue.

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Mike Pearson's scheduled "Illini Legends, Lists & Lore" book signings:

Sept. 28: Quarterback Club, 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 29: Illini Union Bookstore, TBA

Sept. 30: State Farm Center, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 30: Champaign's Barnes & Noble, 7 p.m.

By Mike Pearson 24 Aug, 2017

Listen Live to Our Weekly Conversations with Stevie Jay


Our weekly visits with ESPN Radio 93.5-FM in Champaign-Urbana begin Friday (Aug. 25) at 8:35 a.m. CT. We’ll be talking every Friday with host Stevie Jay of T Stevie Jay Morning Show about Fighting Illini athletics history and the third edition of our new book, Illini Legends, Lists & Lore.


You don’t have to be located in East Central Illinois to listen to the show on WSJK Radio. Tune into the streaming broadcast via the station’s website: www.ESPNCU or watch Stevie Jay’s broadcasts LIVE on YouTube.


We’ll include weekly segments of our conversations with Stevie Jay on this page.


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