The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the “Voice of the Fighting Illini” during the weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.
Brian Barnhart has been the “Voice of the Fighting Illini” calling University of Illinois Football and Mens’ Basketball games on the Illini Sports Network, for over 20 years. Barnhart gave an overview of the upcoming Illini football and basketball seasons, saying in his 20 years he’s never seen a coach that cares about the details like head football coach Bret Bielema.
Barnhart added that due to Bielema’s recruiting efforts inside the state, 48 of the 106 Fighting Illini football players this fall are from Illinois.
Barnhart said this year’s Fighting Illini basketball team that will be a floor of new faces, but a Top 10 recruiting class.
Fighting Illini games for the next 2 seasons will be heard on Miller Media Group radio station NEW Country 104.1. Company president and Kiwanis member Randal J. Miller was program chair for Tuesday’s meeting.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.