Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Two Illini greats on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

CHAMPAIGN -- Former Illinois defensive standouts Simeon Rice and Moe Gardner are back on the 2020 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced Monday. Rice and Gardner have been longtime nominees following their standout careers at Illinois.

Antigua's ties help Illini in Gordon's recruitment

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ recruiting philosophy hasn’t changed with the Class of 2020. Brad Underwood is still casting a wide net for prospects, with offers out to players from all corners of the country. That includes a bevy of international prospects — originally from Canada, Russia, Puerto Rico and Nigeria — playing high school hoops in the United States.

Richey's predictions and rankings for the 2019-20 men's basketball season

Rosters for the 2019-20 season are mostly set now that the NBA Draft early entrant deadline has passed. Some will still change — nearly 900 transfers available this offseason — but there’s certainly more clarity at this point. So we tasked Illinois beat writer and AP Top 25 voter SCOTT RICHEY with breaking down the college basketball scene as June begins:

Quick NCAA exit ends Illini baseball's season

OXFORD, Miss. — Two weeks ago Illinois baseball won its 36th game. The 5-3 win at Michigan State clinched the series against the Spartans and marked the sixth straight series victory for the Illini to end Big Ten play.

Illini drop third straight game, face elimination

OXFORD, Miss. — Illinois’ mix of veterans and freshmen in its lineup were all on equal footing heading into Friday’s NCAA regional opener against Clemson. None of them had a single inning of postseason experience.

Illini add 2019 wide receiver

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois made adding a wide receiver this spring a priority after landing just one during the first two signing periods combined. The Illini tapped into Texas for No. 2 with a commitment from Class of 2019 prospect Dalevon Campbell out of Missouri City, Texas, to join December signee and Pflugerville, Texas, native Casey Washington.

Breaking down the NCAA Oxford Regional

Before the Illini embark on the road to Omaha with today’s 3 p.m. regional opener in Oxford, Miss., beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down all four teams that will play this weekend at Swayze Field:

Success for speedy Taylor took patience

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois outfield was noticeably quieter when center fielder Zac Taylor was on the bench with an ankle injury for a 14-game stretch earlier this spring.

The redshirt senior is fairly vocal — whether it’s directing traffic from his outfield spot or celebrating a good play.

Illinois managed without Taylor for most of March and its first series of April.

Kouma to Illinois official

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois made its frontcourt a priority in recruiting the 2019 class, and after signing four-star center Kofi Cockburn last month the Illini added three-star forward Bernard Kouma on Thursday. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound big man signed his financial aid tender after missing the spring signing period for a National Letter of Intent.

Five game times set for Illini football

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football fans can start setting up their tailgate plans. At least for the first three games of the 2019 season. Kickoff times for the season opener against Akron, first road game at UConn and final nonconference game against Eastern Michigan were announced Thursday along with a pair of Big Ten showdowns.