The Illinois volleyball team swept its way to another Illini Classic title over the weekend, and after a somewhat rocky start against Louisville — but still a sweep — the Illini put together two solid matches to take care of Miami (Ohio) and Creighton. Beat writer Scott Richey isn't trying to get too ahead of himself, but the Illini looked good in taking down the RedHawks and Bluejays.
The full 2015-16 schedule is out for the Illini. What are five must-win games for John Groce's team? How did Xavier Simpson's visit go? What about the one for Xavier Sneed? Who else is visiting this month? What's the latest with Darius Paul? Anything is fair game in beat writer Marcus Jackson's weekly chat, which tips off at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Anthony Zilis was out at Tommy Stewart Field this past Friday night. What did he think of the Centennial football team? What other performances from Week 1 caught his eye? How are other fall sports going? Ask our prep sports coordinator about any prep-related topic you want and Zilis will give his insight during his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday. Submit inquiries ahead of time.
Forget what happens against Kent State. What happens to the future of the program now that Tim Beckman is gone? Is Bill Cubit the guy? What about P.J. Fleck? Or any other names tossed about as potential replacements for the 2016 season? Is a bowl game still salvagable?
Longtime college football writer Bob Asmussen is ready to answer your questions. And we know you've got a lot of them after Illinois fired Tim Beckman on Friday. What does this mean for the program? Where does this firing rank in terms of others Bob has covered during his time on the beat? How much of a distraction is this for the players before the season opener against Kent State?
What does Illinois do now that it has fired Tim Beckman? How will interim coach Bill Cubit handle the surprising promotion? Why did Illinois wait until now to do this? What else might happen in the coming weeks and months? Beat writer Matt Daniels' regularly scheduled chat for Friday afternoon got pushed back because of Beckman's firing, but he's ready to take any questions at 10 a.m.
Week 1 of the high school football season is almost here. What game is new prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis headed to this Friday? When does The News-Gazette's high school football special section come out? What other fall sports storylines is he watching? Ask Zilis all this and more in his weekly chat, which gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
What's your best Lou Henson memory? When does the schedule get released? Why did Illinois wait this long to name the court at State Farm Center after Henson? What's next for Darius Paul? Who's coming on official visits? Beat writer Marcus Jackson has any of these topics and more covered, so pepper him with questions during his weekly chat. The give-and-take starts at 12:30 p.m.
Beat writer Scott Richey spent Saturday night at Huff Hall watching Illini vs. Illini in the Orange and Blue Scrimmage. Which players stood out to him the most? What were his biggest takeaways? If you've got questions, he's got ... at least an opinion. The answers might not start coming until Illinois opens the 2015 season on Friday against Louisville. He'll be taking questions at 4:30 p.m.
What will it take to put Illinois football in the Top 25? Who are some darkhorses to enter the poll? What Big Ten teams are a threat to join the Big Three? Longtime college football writer and AP Top 25 voter Bob Asmussen is ready with the answers. Ask Bob about anything Illinois, Big Ten or national football related.
By this point on Friday afternoon, Camp Rantoul is slated to have wrapped up for the Illinois football team. How did Tim Beckman's team look during nearly two weeks of training camp away from the UI campus? What injuries are going to affect the Illini at the start of the season? Any newcomers that might see the field against Kent State?
Anthony Zilis has made the rounds at several area high school football practices so far. What is catching his eye a little more than a week before the season starts? What about other fall sports? Ask and our prep sports coordinator will deliver with an answer during his weekly chat at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.