Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Getting the national take: June 9, 2019

Last week we asked our AP Top 25 voter to project some potential stars of the 2019-20 season. This week, a couple of his fellow voters chime in:

John Bohnenkamp

Next year's Big Ten Player of the Year is?

Trending in the wrong direction: June 9, 2019

These movers-and-shakers in the college basketball world had themselves a bad week. Our college basketball writer explains why:

Rank 'Em: 10 best returning point guards in the nation

With rosters beginning to settle, our college basketball writer breaks down the top 10 returning point guards based on their production last season:

1. Cassius Winston, Michigan State

Winston is the only first-team All-American coming back for the 2019-20 season. Repeating his numbers from last year would make him a lock for another honor.

Mills draws attention of Illini coaching staff

CHAMPAIGN — Monroe Mills easily stood out Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Literally in the most basic of senses given that, at 6-foot-7 and 291 pounds, he towered over most of the other offensive linemen at Illinois' Friday Night Lights camp.

NCAA denies Ford's appeal

CHAMPAIGN — One of Illinois football's biggest offseason additions won't play during the 2019 season.

The appeal for Illinois sophomore tight end Luke Ford, who transferred to the Illini in January after spending his freshman season at Georgia in 2018, to be eligible for the upcoming season was denied by the NCAA Division I Appeals Committee for Legislative Relief on Friday.

Challenging times await Illini in December

The 21st ACC/Big Ten Challenge tips off on Dec. 2, with Illinois hosting Miami at State Farm Center. Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down that matchup and the 13 others that were announced Thursday:

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Duke at Michigan State

Fink staying at USC

CHAMPAIGN — The hunt for a graduate transfer quarterback continues for Illinois. It just won't be Matt Fink, who announced after a back and forth month of changing narratives he would stay at Southern California.

Illini get Miami in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois basketball has a rather brief, but notable history with Miami. The Illini and Hurricanes have played just three times in series history and only twice in the last half century. Illinois will get an opportunity to even the series at two games apiece in this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a home game against Miami set for Monday, Dec. 2 at State Farm Center.

Troike plans to weigh pro prospects

CHAMPAIGN — Ben Troike spent Wednesday morning on the phone with his adviser. Those conversations had the Illinois shortstop feeling fairly certain he'd be selected early in the day, as Major League Baseball teams completed rounds 11 through 40 of the draft.

UPDATE: Troike first of many Illini drafted on third day

CHAMPAIGN — Zac Taylor lasted longer than expected in the Major League Baseball draft, but the Illinois redshirt senior center fielder finally heard his name called in the 25th round. Taylor, a Downers Grove native, was selected with the 762nd pick by the Chicago Cubs.