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Tate: You haven't heard the last of me just yet

Elephants have the right idea.

When their time comes, they shuffle off to their designated area — no matter the distance — and pass quietly from the scene. There's a certain dignity about it.

I'm not yet ready for that, for sure, but I mistakenly thought I could do Douglas MacArthur's "old soldier" bit and let 51-year-old Tatelines fade unnoticed from the writing scene.

Illini baseball releases 2018 schedule

CHAMPAIGN — For the second consecutive year, the first pitch of the Illinois baseball team's season will take place in Beaumont, Texas. The Illini play Lamar on Feb. 16 followed by Texas Southern (Feb. 17) and Missouri State (Feb. 18) as the 2018 schedule was released on Tuesday.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 9-5-17

PODCAST: SportsTalk 9-5-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Loren Tate talk with News-Gazette sports writer Scott Richey and with Doug Buschon (@IllinoisRivals) from orangeandbluenews.com, and they listen to Illini footballers Mike Dudek and Ty Watson, Illini OC Garrick McGee, Illini DC Hardy Nickerson, and to Western Kentucky University's head football coach Mike Sanford.

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NOW: Monday Morning QBs

What'd you think of the Ball State game? Still bummed about the war chant decision? Excited to see Kevin Hambly back in Huff Hall?

Loren Tate and Jim Turpin kick off another season of 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 9-2-17

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 9-2-17: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with N-G's Jim Dey and former UI football player J Leman.

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Tom Kacich: 'War chant' rooted in theme song of 1950s cartoon

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That so-called "war chant" that has so many Illinois sports fans emotional is time-honored, but perhaps not in the way you think.

BTN turns 10

Today, the Big Ten Network celebrates its 10th anniversary. In this week's podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited,' Dave Revsine tells of the moment when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gave the project the green light.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 8-29-17

PODCAST: SportsTalk 8-29-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Tom Dienhart and Martin O'Donnell.

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Whitman explains 'war chant' decision in open letter

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman released an open letter Monday afternoon defending the decision to end the "war chant" at all athletic events.

UI students were first informed of the decision at Thursday’s Illini soccer match, when an athletics official told a group who were playing it to stop.

The full text of the letter is below.