I gave her my advice. Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin, Louisville, UCLA, Colorado and Kentucky would have worked, just to name a few.
Last week, I heard she made her decision. She chose Southern Illinois University, home of the Salukis.
I admit, SIU would not be my first choice...I mean for her of course. However, I know Sam (and her parents) put a lot of thought and research into the decision.
I also know that Carbondale is just 342 miles (give or take) away, which translates to a 5.5 hour trip. Not too bad.
I also know that the Salukis have made 6 NCAA tournament appearances since 2002. Not too bad either (and better than my DePaul Blue Demons).
I also know that Carbondale is generally several degrees warmer than Chicago. It might not sound like much, but a few degrees is always welcome in the middle of a Chicago winter.
Reviewing these facts (and Sam's wishes of course), I will become a proud supporter (and hopefully occasional visitor) of SIU. Go Salukis!
Sam Parker in IL-mid 1990's.