5 O'Clock Shadow
News you can't leave work without: Former Illini great J Leman has been released by the Oakland Raiders.
Leman, who had been on the team's practice squad, was let go along with tight end Kevin Brock. The 26-year-old Champaign Central grad joined the Raiders in August after spending time with several NFL teams.
News you can't leave work without: There were 15 Division I teams with undefeated records heading into Tuesday's games. At the risk of jinxing the perfect (so far) Illini, here's the list:
Murray State 9-0
Ohio State 8-0
News you can't leave work without: The Illini Rebounders will host a special luncheon at 11 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn in Urbana.
News you can't leave work without: With conference plates in a state of flux, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is changing.
The Big Ten’s addition of Nebraska makes this the first Challenge with 12 games. And there will have to be further adjustments when basketball powers Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the ACC starting with the 2013-14 season.
News you can't leave work without: The chief administrative officer of the Rose Bowl says if Penn State wins the Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions will be free to play in the top-tier postseason game as far as he’s concerned.
News you can't leave work without: Ron Zook's squabbles with reporters have caught Loren Tate's attention. But he's worried about Wisconsin, too. Here's a sample:
News you can't leave work without: Illinois coach Ron Zook isn’t interested in talking about job security.
News you can't leave work without: A season-opening win against Loyola got Bruce Weber's Illini noticed. They received two votes in today's AP Top 25. Still nothing in Klee's Top 25 or the coaches' Top 25, however. The rundown:
AP TOP 25
News you can't leave work without: Nebraska, holding off Illinois in the Big Ten volleyball race, will have its star setter back in the lineup.
Nebraska's Lauren Cook will return to the No. 2-ranked Cornhuskers after reaching an agreement with prosecutors Tuesday that could wipe a felony traffic charge from her record.
News you can't leave work without: Ron Zook has 10 commitments for the class of 2012 (see list below). The latest to pick the school is Ryan Frain, a kicker from Indianapolis. Illinois is losing senior kicker Derek Dimke.