Football

Football

PODCAST:Sports Talk 05-11-17

PODCAST:Sports Talk 05-11-17: Play now!

Tim Ditman and Loren Tate discuss baseball with MLB alum Lou Skizas, basketball with UofI alum Brian Cook, and Tim plays a special montage he produced that features the past year in Illini sports.

Download

Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..."

Download now!


May 15 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:00am

What should Lovie Smith do with the three players who were arrested this week? How will Dawuane Smoot perform in his rookie season with the Jags? Who will be the next Illini football commitment?

For the answer to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football writer.

UPDATED: 3 UI football players charged with burglary, robbery

New 2:47 p.m. Thursday:

Three suspended Illini football players charged in an armed robbery prank will have to come up with $15,000 each to be released from jail.

UI invests $230,000 in Wisconsin grass for football practice fields

CHAMPAIGN — When 200-pound athletes run drills on a practice field, the grass takes a pounding.

The UI is replacing worn-out sod on the football practice fields east of Memorial Stadium so they're ready when athletes report in August.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 5-10-17

PODCAST: Sports Talk 5-10-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Marcus Jackson talk with Matt Daniels from The News-Gazette, Jason Goch from SB Nation Radio and Illinois Radio Network, Illini softball head coach Tyra Perry, and with our very own Tim Ditman.

Download

Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..."

Download now!


Smith suspends three Illini

Before the Wednesday morning arrests of Darta Lee and Zarrian Holcombe for an alleged incident at Bromley Hall on the University of Illinois campus, the two Illinois football players were already suspended from team activities for violations of team rules, according to a statement issued by Illinois coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday afternoon.

05-10-17: Mary Schenk on arrest of 3 Illini football players

05-10-17: Mary Schenk on arrest of 3 Illini football players: Play now!

In custody Wednesday on preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery: Darta L. Lee,  Zarrian J. Holcombe and Howard E. Watkins. Mary Schenk, who for more than 30 years has covered crime and courts for The News-Gazette, explains how the process works.

 

Download

Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..."

Download now!


'Stupid plan' results in robbery, home-invasion charges for 3 UI football players

Lovie Smith weighs in, announces suspensions

URBANA — Three University of Illinois football players are expected to be formally charged Thursday after they allegedly robbed a man of cash in a residence hall early Wednesday.

Asmussen: Waiting pays off for Smoot

Time for a history lesson. NFL draft style.

Illini star Simeon Rice could have gone pro after the 1994 season. He was coming off the best year of his college career with a then-school-record 16 sacks. Nowhere to go but down.

May 11 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and HoJo Watkins play again for the Illini? How is recruiting going for Lovie Smith's program and Brad Underwood's program? How is former Tuscola standout Nick Bates doing? Sports editor Matt Daniels is here to answer any and all of your questions, no matter the topic, in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.