The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: April 24, 2024

Apr. 24—➜ Goebel, who coached the Cobras from 2019 through 2021, is now the pitching coach with the Class AA Frisco RoughRiders in the Rangers' organization.

➜ The former Illini All-American defensive tackle will be with friends and family in Florida on Thursday night when the first round kicks off in Detroit.

➜ Check out what he has all 32 NFL teams doing on Thursday night.

First-round draft picks from Illinois since went No. 1 in the 1990 draft to the Indianapolis Colts. (1991), (1993), (1996), (1996), (2008), (2009), (2010), (2012), (2012) and (2023) are the ones to enter this rare category.

➜ Will be the savior Bears' fans have clamored for decades to play quarterback or just 2.0? Either way, he'll get the first chance to bear hug on Thursday night in Detroit.

➜ Fifth-seeded Illinois (16-8) will square off against either 12th-seeded Rutgers (11-11) or 13th-seeded Michigan State (10-15) at 9 a.m. Thursday in a second-round match in Ann Arbor, Mich.

➜ An improved Champaign Central is set to host the crosstown rival Tigers at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a Big 12 game on Central's North Field that is located across Church Street from Central.

➜ the Chicago White Sox.

➜ Nick Saban, Mike McDaniel and Tony Vitello.

➜ . when the Parkland baseball players run into outs on the basepaths and make the wrong baserunning reads