Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Illinois linebacker transferring

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois linebacker Jacob Hollins announced late Monday afternoon he would transfer after one season with the program. Hollins played primarily on special teams in eight games in the 2018 season as a true freshman, finishing with seven tackles. He had a career high three tackles and his lone half tackle for loss in the Illin's loss at Wisconsin.

UPDATE: Thompson another big piece for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The machinations of Jadon Thompson’s commitment to Illinois football were clearly in motion Saturday afternoon during the Illini’s junior day and open practice at Memorial Stadium.

Thompson dropped some fairly strong hints. The Marist wide receiver even said as much when detailing the relationship he had built with the Illinois coaching staff.

Giorgi off the bench?

CHAMPAIGN — Projecting Illinois basketball's starting lineup for the 2019-20 season isn't an overly difficult challenge. At least as long as you're only thinking about the backcourt.

Scott Richey's way-too-early women's basketball Top 10 for the 2019-20 season

Today ... it's Baylor! Next season, though, it's time for Oregon to hoist the trophy at the 2020 national championship game in New Orleans. College basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter SCOTT RICHEY weighs in with his way-too-early Top 10 for the 2019-20 season:

RANK, TEAM COMMENT

UPDATE: Weekend visits paying off with two commits

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois had a serious collection of talent on hand for its junior day and open practice Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It's already paid off with a pair of commitments in the Class of 2020. Three-star offensive lineman Marcus Harper II committed early Sunday afternoon, while four-star running back Reggie Love did the same in the early evening.

Whitman, Illini remain all in on hockey

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman set a tentative initial goal of having a decision on Division I hockey at Illinois — one way or the other — by the end of 2018.

The end of the year came and passed without an answer, the timeline for such pushed back until spring.

Ohio State-bound Liddell finds joy at the end of his prep road

PEORIA — E.J. Liddell became a little emotional once he packed up his hotel room, getting ready to leave for Carver Arena and the Class 4A state championship game on March 16. Those same emotions returned in the locker room ahead of Belleville West's showdown with Evanston.

87th News-Gazette All-State boys' basketball team

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER SCHOOL HT. YR. POS. SCOTT RICHEY'S COMMENT

Rashaun Agee | Bogan, 6-8, Sr., F

The Tigers big man, who averaged 19.3 points and 13.1 rebounds for the 3A runners-up, is the top uncommitted prospect in the state.

Max Christie | Rolling Meadows, 6-7, So., G

42nd News-Gazette All-State girls' basketball team

FIRST TEAM

PLAYER SCHOOL HT. YR. POS. SCOTT RICHEY'S COMMENT

Maggie Bair | Glenbard South, 6-3, Sr., F

Bair is headed to Drake after capping Raiders career with 3A runner-up finish and averaging 16.4 points, 13.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.2 blocks.

Brea Beal | Rock Island, 6-1, Sr., G

Momentum on their side, Illini aim to fix Big Ten woes

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois baseball team didn't forget about its early March loss to Coastal Carolina ahead of this week's two-game return series at Illinois Field.

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