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West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:02 am
 

By Jeff Goodman

West Virginia and Illinois are both heading to Italy later this month.

The two teams will actually play against one another overseas.

That, to my knowledge, has never happened before.

The Mountaineers and Illini have been granted permission by the NCAA to play a scrimmage on Aug. 17 in front of the troops at the Aviano Air Force Base, located just outside of Venice, a source told CBSSports.com.

Only the coaches and players will be permitted on the base. The troops will be the only spectators allowed to watch.

Illinois is taking a trip to Italy from Aug. 10-20 with stops in Rome, Florence, Venice and Como.

West Virginia’s trip goes from Aug. 8-22 and will include stops in Sicily, Rome and Venice. 

Comments

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:03 pm
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

@chisox5544. Even though I am an illini fan that was pretty funny, it was a very "traumatic" season....



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:21 pm
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

I feel bad for any of these military personnel that will have to sit through Illinois basketball.  Talk about a traumatic experience.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:04 pm
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

boosters....have you not learned that all college athletics is about money?????  That has nothing to do with tuition!!!!



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:36 am
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

Really?  Tuition is going up double digits, we have an overpaid football coach and maybe a top 20 basketball team....but they have enough money to send 20 people to italy for 10 days?  I am all for troop morale. Cheer them up by sending them home.....Where is this money coming from? 



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:31 am
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

This is great.  However, if Huggins yells, "SHOOT THE BALL" I hope an Army regular doesn't take that in the literal sense.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:35 pm
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

Being from Illinois and also being retired from 26 years in the military, I agree totallly with you... Putting on events like this for the troops should be an every year happening.... They'll eat it up.... Cool



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:59 pm
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

being from WV, and also being in the military, I think this is a great gift to the troops overseas and I believe it should be done more often.  Hope both schools have a good time and put on a great show for the people overseas. 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:23 pm
 

West Virginia, Illinois to scrimmage in Italy

Ok, this is awesome. Hope they have a great time overseas. Rome and Florence are amazing. I haven't been to any of the others.



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