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Brent rejoins Cowboys workouts

IRVING, Texas — Dallas defensive tackle Josh Brent, a former Illini, returned to the practice field for the first time since his drunken-driving crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, another former Illini, in 2012.

Asmussen: TCU takes care of business

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Asmussen: SEC on top seems right

The first football playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday night. Here is staff writer and AP voter Bob Asmussen’s take:

— Three teams in the top four from the SEC feels right. Don’t count on it ending up that way.

— Not a lot of love for the Big Ten, especially Ohio State. At No. 8, Michigan State needs some help to reach the playoffs. But it’s possible.

Tate: One win isn't the answer

There’s nothing like a Big Ten football win to enliven Illini Nation, but they still have a lot of questions. Let’s deal with a few of them:

Was the 28-24 defeat of Minnesota a harbinger of good things to come, or merely an aberration from the dismal norm?

SportsTalk 10-28-14

SportsTalk 10-28-14: Play now!

Loren Tate joins Steve to discuss the latest in sports. They also chat with Ohio State's PBP announcer, Paul Keels.

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UI football/recruiting chat - Halloween edition

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 1:00pm

Ahead of the Illini's trip to Columbus, pepper beat writer Matt Daniels with questions about the QB situation at Illinois,Tim Beckman's job status, the latest recruiting news and anything else on your mind in his weekly chat. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

Coach speak: Beckman on hybrid positions, DuVernois

Tim Beckman checked in Monday ahead of Saturday night’s game at Ohio State. Here are two items the Illinois coach said that caught the ear of beat writer Matt Daniels:

Hybrid roles

O'Toole gets the call in third road start

CHAMPAIGN — Senior Reilly O’Toole is slated to get his fourth start of the season — and third on the road — when Illinois visits Ohio State on Saturday.

UI coach Tim Beckman said Illinois will use both O’Toole and Aaron Bailey, similar to the plan against Minnesota.

The News-Gazette SportsPage 10-27-14

The News-Gazette SportsPage 10-27-14: Play now!

Join the News-Gazette sports writers as they broadcast from the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign as they discuss the latest in Illini sports. Tonight includes special guest (former Illini) Juice Williams.

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10-27-14 Monday Morning Quarterbacks @Illinifootball win over @gopherfootball

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10-27-14 Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after Illinois beats Minnesota

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