MarquetteHoops.com: Most of our readers know that
you are an announcer for
McIlvaine: Well, first I am the
President of a youth and family camp called
Second, I have a blog on ESPN Milwaukee Radio. On the blog I talk about sports, music and random events such as why postcards are sold without stamps. There really should be a law that outlaws this.
Third, I also take photos for sports car magazines such as GM High-Tech Performance and Popular Hot-Rod.
Finally, I have two wonderful kids that keep me extremely busy.
Kailey McIlvaine helps
her dad cheer on
MarquetteHoops.com: What is your favorite memory
McIlvaine: The friendships that I made at
McIlvaine: I don't know if there is one event, everyone talks about the
sweet 16 and beating
MarquetteHoops.com: Who was the toughest college player that you have ever had to defend?
Jim McIlvaine: For me, it really wasn't one player, but the teams that were short. I always struggled against guys that were 6'6 and pulled me out from underneath the basket. In those games I always seemed to end up on the bench.
MarquetteHoops.com: What would you say to recruits
that are considering
McIlvaine: I don't think there is just one idea on why recruits should come
MarquetteHoops.com: So is there any true to you being in the movie Shallow Hal and if so what was it like to work with Jack Black?
McIlvaine: Yeah that's true. Jack Black really isn't much of an actor.
What you see on screen is exactly
how he is in real life. As for how
I got in the movie, I am a huge fan of the Farrelly brothers and I have seen all
of their movies, so one day I wrote
them a fantastic letter knowing that they put athletes in their films and I
asked them to be in a movie. Next
thing I know I got a call from the Farrlley brothers asking me to be in Shallow
Hal. The Farrlley brothers were great
guys who are huge
MarquetteHoops.com: Do you have any good Kevin O'Neill stories for us?
McIlvaine: Well, before he came to
MarquetteHoops.com: Is there any college player out there right now that reminds you a lot of yourself?
McIlvaine: Not really, they're all better than me, but I think it would be great if guys
like Kevin Durant and Tyler Hansbrough stick around for a few more years because
it helps out the schools and college basketball. I mean, look at how the Final Four of 2003
MarquetteHoops.com: What one team besides
McIlvaine: I like
MarquetteHoops.com: Favorite Al McGuire story…
Jim McIlvaine: I really don't have a lot of Al McGuire stories since he wasn't around a lot when I was here. I think he kept his distance because didn't want to cast a huge shadow on the program. The one story that sticks with me is when Al came up to me convinced that I had red-shirted my freshman year. He asked me repeatedly about being red shirted.
Besides that story, another great quote I heard from Al was, "Don't let basketball use you, you use basketball". This is great advice that I used to help me decide when to retire from the game of basketball.
MarquetteHoops.com: Is there anything you want to add?
McIlvaine: Please wear gold to the games. There is no reason people can't do
it. It needs to be the point that
if you show up to the
MarquetteHoops.com: Thanks for your time.
Jim McIlvaine: Any time.
**Pat Barry is a senior majoring in Accounting.