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Bobbi Busboom
Bobbi Busboom

Royal, Ill.

Assoc. Dir. of Development & Dir. of Premium Seating

Alma Mater:
Illinois '04

Bobbi Duval joined the Office of Athletic Development in March of 2008. Prior to joining the development staff, Duval served as the Associate Recruiting Coordinator for football- hosting prospective student-athletes on campus, coordinating visits, mailings, managing prospect management system and providing recruiting support for all coaches.

A native of nearby Royal, Illinois and graduate of St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Duval earned her Bachelors degree in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Sports Management and completed her Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Illinois in May 2009. Duval is responsible for the premium seating program at Memorial Stadium including all operational and stewardship services to over 2,000 premium seat holders. Additionally, Duval oversees the scheduling and usage of the club areas.

She can be reached by email at, by phone at 217.265.0347, or at the Office of Athletic Development at: Athletic Development / Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building / 1700 South Fourth Street / Champaign, IL 61820.

Fighting Illini Memory

Where were you when the Fighting Illini beat No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus? I know where I was and I will never forget that day. At the time, I was the Associate Recruiting Coordinator for football and we were heading to Columbus to play an undefeated Buckeye team. We had already knocked off then No. 5 Wisconsin and Penn State and were sitting at a pretty surprising 7-3 record overall. We were already bowl eligible, but knew we could really put the icing on the cake with a win at Ohio Stadium in front of 100,000 plus Buckeye fans. My role as recruiting coordinator made this all pretty personal. The guys on that field were guys I helped get here to Illinois. I vividly remember when they each committed to Illinois. Chances are, I probably remember their parents' and siblings' names, their high school and their head football coach. This scenario was exactly what we were all dreaming about.

In the first quarter, we were tied 14-14. We were playing well, but we weren't sure how long we could hold them off. At half time, we were up, 21-14. I'm not sure what was said in that locker room, but growing up as a high school football coach's daughter, I know the message must have been a pretty powerful one. The Illini came back from the locker room after halftime and you could tell in their eyes that this wasn't over. With the Illini leading 28-21 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, everything else seemed to be in slow motion. With about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, we intercepted the ball and the Buckeyes never did get the ball back. We went for it on fourth and inches on our own 34 yard line with almost 7 minutes left and got the first down. As the clock wound down, some of us cried, screamed and ran to give hugs. The staff, players and coaches can't honestly say that we were shocked though. This was the plan all along.

Updated May 2014