Tate: Penn State moves on from shame

CHICAGO — Check back five years and you'll see a sports world awash in what we now call "fake news."

Reality check for Fleck, other coaches

CHICAGO — P.J. Fleck said he wouldn't necessarily have chosen "Being P.J. Fleck" as the title for the show premiering next week on ESPNU about his transition from Western Michigan to Minnesota coach.

But he was more than happy to be involved when the network came calling.

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July 27 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Now that Illinois football is back from Chicago and Big Ten media days, what should fans look forward to during training camp? How is recruiting going for both Lovie Smith and Brad Underwood? What's one Illinois team to watch out for this upcoming school year? When does the IlliniHQ football yearbook come out? What about the The N-G's high school football preview section?

July 26 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:30pm

Scott Richey is back from Chicago and his two-day stint at Big Ten football media days ready to answer all of your Illinois basketball questions. Or, you know, football. Or volleyball. So whether it's the state of hoops recruiting, the potential fate of Lovie Smith's Illini this fall or how first-year volleyball coach Chris Tamas might fare, your questions will be answered at 12:30 p.m.

LIVE! Big Ten Media Days

Jim Harbaugh closing out the second morning. His opening statement was about his entrance to the podium. Then he quietly, off-handedly said he'd take questions. Also, he's wearing his standard uniform: Michigan hat, glasses, blue pullover and khakis.

Illinois AD: New football practice facility 'hugely important'

CHICAGO — Josh Whitman is trying to make life easier for Illinois football coach Lovie Smith.

Recently, the school announced plans for a $79.2 million practice facility expected to be finished in time for the 2019 season that will be located on the grass practice fields on the east side of Memorial Stadium.

For Lovie, second time around a lot easier

CHICAGO — Lovie Smith ended his opening statement at Big Ten Media Days on a frank, honest note. Illinois hasn’t been competitive enough. Hasn’t made enough bowl games.

Progress toward more wins, toward those bowl bids, is something Smith said he felt his program was making as he enters his second season at the Illini helm.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 6, Reggie Corbin, RB

Our preseason countdown continues:

No. 6: Reggie Corbin, RB

Loren Tate: Don't touch that dial!

CHICAGO — In another world, college football kickoffs resounded simultaneously from coast to coast on Saturdays at 1 p.m. The main deviations were the result of time zones.

My, how TV has altered that world. Of 42 Big Ten games with established starting times through Sept. 29, not one will start between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.