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Mike Thomas at Soldier Field

It's a busy weekend for Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.

On Thursday, he provided updates on renovation plans at the Assembly Hall. Read about it here.

Former Illini Brian Scott: Nice work

Brian Scott, an Urbana High star who went on to play football for Ron Turner's Illini, is up to plenty of good these days.

Read about it here

Tate: A football update

If you need a reprieve from basketball madness, the following is the latest on Tim Beckman’s attempt to resurrect a listing Illini football ship.

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Cazley: Brother's a keeper

CHAMPAIGN — Dillan Cazley and Keithan Hedrick chuckle at the memory.

Tyson chicken strips. DiGiorno pizzas. Hot pockets.

Lots of hot pockets.

Beckman fills hole in a snap

By BOB ASMUSSEN

CHAMPAIGN — That didn’t take long.

Two days after an unexpected departure on his staff, Tim Beckman filled the position Thursday, hiring A.J. Ricker as his offensive line coach. Ricker started immediately, working Thursday’s afternoon practice.

Ricker joining Illinois staff

Former Western Michigan offensive line coach A.J. Ricker is taking the same position at Illinois, a source close to the program said.

Ricker, who replaced Jim Bridge, is expected to work during this afternoon's spring practice.

Beckman's in market for assistant

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois board of trustees has one less agenda item to deal with Thursday. And Tim Beckman needs another assistant coach.

Offensive line coach Jim Bridge’s two-year contract was scheduled to be approved this week. Instead, Bridge has left to join the Purdue staff in the same position.

Illini lose OL coach

A person familiar with the decision says Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge is leaving just over a month after he was hired.

Bridge is taking a job at Purdue, according to the person who was not authorized to publicly discuss the departure and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday.

Tate: Illini's football depth challenged early

Tim Beckman felt like his hands were tied when injuries exacerbated Illini depth shortages last fall.

Millines suspended

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says he has suspended wide receiver  Darius Millines indefinitely but will not say why.

Beckman would only say Monday that the junior receiver had violated team policies. Beckman said he will re-evaluate Millines’ situation in early May. When asked if Millines could return he said the “ball’s in Darius’ court, now.”