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MORE ON MOORE: The media horde circled Illinois coach Ron Turner after Tuesday's final practice at Rantoul. The reporters wanted to know the latest on receiver Connie Moore, who was kicked off the team Sunday. Turner didn't offer anything new.

Moore won't be allowed back on team, and his scholarship was taken away. His next stop is unknown.

Turner lays down law for Illini

RANTOUL – When Ron Turner meets with the Illinois football players before the beginning of training camp, he spells out his rules.

Connie Moore didn't follow along.

Tate: Moore latest in long list of ex-Illini

It's right there in the 1966 Illini football guide: "Mike Rogers, 6-2, 255, Lane Tech ... Chicago prep wrestling champ in 1962-63 ...rated by coaches as a potential Dick Butkus."

The last we heard at the outset of the 1966 season was that Rogers, married and disinterested, was headed home for whatever awaited him.

Upon further review

Illinois coach Ron Turner looked at the tape of Saturday night's scrimmage and liked plenty of what he saw.

"More guys stepped up than stepped back," Turner said.

Juco receiver not in UI plans

RANTOUL – Connie Moore's stay at the University of Illinois didn't last long.

Illinois football coach Ron Turner dismissed Moore from the team Sunday for "conduct detrimental to the team." Turner wouldn't give details of the off-field incident.

New talent dominates scrimmage

RANTOUL – In his neverending quest for playmakers, Illinois football coach Ron Turner found a few Saturday night.

Member of the hands team?

Ken Dilger had a great career at Illinois before moving on to the National Football League. But what plays do Illinois fans remember him for? A dropped pass in the end zone against Missouri and a reception against Purdue that fell 1 yard short.

Trying to avoid the same mistakes, tight end Josh Whitman is taking extra work in practice with offensive coordinator/receivers coach Buddy Teevens.

Tate: UI offense doesn't get a kickstart

Illini coach Ron Turner carries good vibes about his new punter.

Steve Fitts, an athletic freshman from South Carolina, boomed his first six punts for a 45-yard average in Saturday night's scrimmage at Rantoul High School before a "poocher" pulled his average down.

That's the good news. The bad news is Fitts was needed so often.

Iowa coach keeps 'em guessing about his job future

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Sixty-nine years old.

Young enough to be a movie star if you're Paul Newman.

Young enough to be president if you're Ronald Reagan.

Young enough to be hip if you're Tony Bennett.

But try coaching at 69 and watch the vultures circle.

Illini well-armed to tackle final season

RANTOUL – Garrett Johnson didn't see the number on the helmet that ran into his left arm, but he's got a pretty good idea. It was either 62 (Tom Schau) or 67 (J.P. Machado).

During Tuesday's Illinois football practice, the wayward helmet gave Johnson and the Illini coaches a scare.