Monday morning QB: Neal puts on a show

While beat writer Matt Daniels will spend the next six days pondering possible bowl destinations for Illinois while wondering if Mike Thomas will make a coaching change, here are three items from the past weekend that was in college football:

Home-state pride

MBB preview: Illini meet Brown for first time

UI men vs. Brown, 7 p.m. today



Illinois (3-0)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG 

G Ahmad Starks Sr. 5-9 13.3 

G Rayvonte Rice Sr. 6-4 18.0 

G Aaron Cosby Jr. 6-3 13.0 

WBB notes: Simmons sidelined but still heard

CHAMPAIGN — Kyley Simmons hasn’t done much scoring for Illinois since leading the team with 17 points in its exhibition win against Millikin.

Slow start doesn't stop Grant, Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois looked disjointed and wasn’t effective in the halfcourt Sunday afternoon against Southern and was looking at a deficit approaching double figures in the final minutes of the first half against the Jaguars.

But where the Illini were scoring was in transition.

Richey: Illini use second half surge for win

Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down another win for the Illinois women's basketball team.

Preseason Top 5: No. 1 St. Joseph-Ogden

Tyler Harms, St. Joseph-Ogden senior, talks about his team’s No. 1 ranking in the N-G preseason boys’ basketball poll. 

LIVE! Southern

FINAL: Illinois 62, Southern 42

This is it from another LIVE! Report at State Farm Center. Illinois fairly well dominated the second half — scoring more efficiently and holding down Southern's offense. It was another not so pretty win for the Illini, but a fourth win in a row nonetheless.

LIVE! Southern

Welcome back to the third LIVE! Report this week for Illinois women's basketball. Beat writer Scott Richey on hand at an empty (right now) State Farm Center with the Illini set to tip off against Southern (the one from Louisiana) in just less than 90 minutes. 

Asmussen Top 25

Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of the AP Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:
1. Florida State    1
2. Alabama    2
3. Oregon    3
4. Mississippi State    4
5. Baylor    5
6. Ohio State    6
7. TCU    7

IHSA dispute growing in Urbana

Ask Tom Kacich about this controversy here