Scott Richey

Scott Richey

Doubles pair clicks in Illinois' sweep of Western Michigan

URBANA — Illinois men's tennis probably didn't need to win the doubles point Friday against Western Michigan in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Illini in market for veteran QB

Former Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens told 247Sports on Friday he plans on taking three official visits to Miami (Ohio), Mississippi State and Illinois. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down what the 6-foot-5, 240-pound dual-threat QB could bring to the Illini if the grad transfer winds up in C-U:

Experiences steer Budic to success

URBANA — Vuk Budic still heads to El Toro to eat when his mom visits from Chicago.

Their family’s go-to spot for celebrations is still a favorite when they’re back together.

Budic also still takes the occasional drive through the neighborhood around Bottenfield Elementary to check out his old house.

Illini focus on in-state football talent

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football’s junior day last month brought some of the top talent in the Midwest to Memorial Stadium for a snapshot view of Lovie Smith’s program.

Talent worth checking out among 2020 Illini prospects

While graduate transfer TJ Holyfield will have the full attention of Brad Underwood and his staff this week, recruiting multiple prospects is always an ongoing process. With the 2019-2020 roster nearly set, here are five intriguing Class of 2020 talents the Illini have offered recently, courtesy beat writer SCOTT RICHEY:

The latest: Illini's chances to land TJ Holyfield

CHAMPAIGN — TJ Holyfield appears to be nearing a decision. The Stephen F. Austin graduate transfer narrowed his potential destination to three team this week. Having already seen Texas Tech and Kansas, his final visit to Illinois — scheduled for Thursday — will give the 6-foot-8, 227-pound forward all the information he needs to pick a new basketball home.

Brissett headed to Virginia instead

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football and transfer wide receivers have been a dramatic combination this offseason. The saga continued Monday evening when Dejon Brissett announced on Instagram he would finish his college career at Virginia a little more than a month after announcing his commitment to join the Illini.

Trending in the wrong direction: April 28, 2019

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

Local product coming into his own at right time for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Varun Chopra has spent a lot of nights at Illinois golf's practice facility. It's the time of day he prefers, particularly in the winter, to work on his game at the Demirjian Indoor Practice Facility.

Chopra finds plenty of motivation in the solitary nature of those practices.

Rank 'Em: 10 recruits the Illini should prioritize for 2020

Spring recruiting is now underway. Here’s who our Illini beat writer would prioritize in the 2020 class, even if they’re a long shot:

1. Adam Miller, Morgan Park

The last Mustangs’ point guard to sign with Illinois worked out pretty well, and keeping the best player in the state home is still a good thing for the Illini.