Simeon star Jabari Parker and head coach Robert Smith joined Thursday's Chicago Tribune Live to reflect on the success of their program after winning the 2012 state championship. They also voiced their opinions on the University of Illinois basketball program.
Smith, fresh off winning his fifth championship in eight years at Simeon, says he would consider joining the Fighting Illini coaching staff under John Groce if he was approached about the job. He is also optimistic that Groce can succeed in recruiting Chicago public league players if he works hard at building relationships right away.
Meanwhile, Parker did not rule out Illinois as a potential destination for college. But the No. 1 player in the class of 2013 admits that he will have to build a strong connection with Groce and his staff quickly in order for them to be a serious contender for his services.
You can watch the entire interview as Smith and Parker go into greater detail on the topics below:
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This Week's Scores
Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10
Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14
Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7
Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13
Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21
Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7
Phillips 27, Sterling 14
Dunlap 21, Washington 0
Morris 43, Raby 8
Rochester 31, Highland 14
IC Catholic 7, Byron 0
Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2
Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8
Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14
Tuscola 21, Athens 14
Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8
It’s official: The Blackhawks are headed back outdoors.
The NHL announced that the 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, featuring the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.
"The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams."
"The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League."
It's the sixth time the Blackhawks will be playing outdoors, and their league-leading fourth Winter Classic. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in outdoor games, and are winless in three Winter Classic games.
Chicago's only outdoor win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series Classic, a 5-1 victory at Soldier Field.