Tate: These 10 UI football issues can be resolved

Despite home-and-road losses to Iowa, the Illini have become newly competitive in Big Ten football.

After a demoralizing 1-24 conference swoon marked by inept defensive play, the Illini have shown marked improvement by winning four of the last seven.

No rest for Cubit and staff during off week

CHAMPAIGN — Bill Cubit will return to Champaign later this afternoon.

The Illinois interim coach will conduct his weekly radio show at Buffalo Wild Wings in Savoy at 7 tonight.

But before he steps in front of the microphone, Cubit will have spent the past four days traveling.

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 10-12-15

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Join the News-Gazette sports writers as they discuss the latest in Illini sports. Illini Right Guard Ted Karras is tonight's in-studio guest.


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10-12-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

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10-12-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after the Illini loss at Iowa.


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Oct. 11 Asmussen Top 25

Staff writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of the AP Top 25 college football panel. Here is this week's ballot:


UI wheels, deals for free rides

The University of Illinois' highest-paid employee also drives one of the snazziest cars you'll see in a Campustown lot — for free.

When men's basketball coach John Groce hits the road to watch a high school recruit play, he does so in style, in a 2015 BMW X5 valued at $68,075.

Sunday Conversation: Trent Sherfield

Trent Sherfield didn’t catch any passes Saturday. That’s because Vanderbilt, the team the Danville native is starring for this fall, had its lone off week of the season. But the sophomore wide receiver has hauled in receptions at an impressive rate, leading the 2-3 Commodores with 34 for 465 yards, including a record-setting performance against Austin Peay three weeks ago.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Frank Rokusek

Born on this date 113 years ago today — Oct. 11, 1902 — was 1920s Illini football star Frank Rokusek. Captain of the 1924 Illinois team, he was a blocking end for running back Red Grange. Said Grange of Rokusek: “I got the publicity for the long runs I made, but without ‘Roke’ clearing the way, I wouldn’t have gotten loose for a lot of them.”

Tate: Illinois defensive front in starring role

IOWA CITY — There they were, bruised but not beaten, straining to hear signals as a wild Iowa crowd (66,693) roared, and yet facing the same last-ditch opportunity as a week earlier: down by six with time on the clock (3:20) and 75 yards to go.

The UI’s 14-13 upset of Nebraska wasn’t to be repeated.