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Move-in date for new football facility set for late July

CHAMPAIGN — Before Illinois football holds its first practice on Aug. 2, they'll get the chance to enjoy the new amenities offered at the newest athletic facility on the UI campus.

Illinois lands grad transfer QB

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois was always in the market for a graduate transfer quarterback this offseason. M.J. Rivers II deciding to transfer after spring practices only elevated the need to add another player at that position. A veteran to go with two redshirt freshmen and a true freshman was the plan.

Roundtree recovering in Chicago

CHAMPAIGN — The phone call was one Josh Whitman never wanted to receive.

So when the Illinois athletic director first heard word of Bobby Roundtree suffering a severe spinal injury in a swimming accident last month, it nearly floored him.

Top 50 teams of 2019: No. 45 Arizona

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 45: Arizona

Coach: Kevin Sumlin

2018 record: 5-7

Projected 2019 record: 7-5

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 45 Verdis Brown

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

No. 45: Verdis Brown

Vitals: 6-4, 315, R-Fr., OL

Hometown: Chicago

High School: IMG Academy (Fla.)

Illini land another USC receiver

CHAMPAIGN — The Southern California to Illinois pipeline continues. After adding graduate transfer defensive end Oluwole Betiku and grad transfer wide receiver Trevon Sidney in April, the Illini got a commitment from another USC grad transfer wide receiver in Josh Imatorbhebhe on Monday morning.

Top 50 teams of 2019: No. 46 Tennessee

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 46: Tennessee

Coach: Jeremy Pruitt

2018 record: 5-7

Projected 2019 record: 8-4

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 46 Kenyon Jackson

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

No. 46: Kenyon Jackson

Vitals: 6-0, 290, Sr., DT

Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.

Top 50 teams of 2019: No. 47 Kentucky

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 47: Kentucky

Coach: Mark Stoops

2018 record: 10-3

Projected 2019 record: 8-4

First and 10: Asmussen's 10 choices for the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame class

Our college football writer ranks his choices for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Ballots are due Friday:

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