Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Richey | Illini have chance to impress

Beat writer Scott Richey weighs in on what this weekend could mean for Brad Underwood's program: The hyperbole flows easily when discussing Illinois bringing in a trio of top-50 recruits in one weekend. But real talk? This truly could be the biggest recruiting weekend for Illinois

Ever.

Illini's Phillips hits reset

CHAMPAIGN — Del'Shawn Phillips spent a year away from football after high school getting his academics in order to get back on the field. That year away was pivotal for the Highland Park, Mich., native. It cemented the idea he wanted more out of his life.

McHale chosen to lead program

CHAMPAIGN — Brendan McHale's nearly two decades supervising Carle Foundation Hospital's orthopedics and sports medicine department established contacts with dozens of athletic directors in the area.

He reached out to some of them when he was considering applying for the open Parkland College athletic director position.

Broken hand, but no excuses from Illini CB

CHAMPAIGN — Tony Adams is fairly positive in his opinion. The pass he batted down during what turned out to be the go-ahead South Florida scoring drive in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Chicago? That would have turned into an interception if he could have wrapped two hands around the ball.

As it was, Adams got one hand and one club on it.

Status unclear for Bush Jr. against Penn State

CHAMPAIGN — Friday night's Big Ten opener against Penn State makes for a truncated practice schedule this week for Illinois, including spending Monday on the practice field. AJ Bush Jr. took some reps at quarterback during the first practice of the week, but the graduate transfer's status against the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions has yet to be determined.

Kane, Higgs learning ropes; Fisher star added to roster

Questions? Ask 'em here

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois got a one-hour team workout during the day on Monday. It was the 10th for the Illini since the team returned to campus late last month for the start of the school year with official practices

Poulter, Quade earn Big Ten honors

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter is quick to point out any individual honor she earns is a direct result of how well her teammates are playing.

Beyond the arc: ACC tournament returning to D.C.

There’s really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter’s attention in the last week:

ON THE RISE

More time on court coming soon for Underwood, Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois coaching staff is about to get 20 hours per week to work with its team. The start of official practices is now less than two weeks ago. Full-on preparation for the 2018-19 season is coming.