Vintage Illini

Catching up with Ray Redziniak:


Here are some key storylines from Saturday's game against Rutgers:

Illini tailback E.B. Halsey is grateful for another shot to prove himself

CHAMPAIGN – He is, Illinois tailback E.B. Halsey quickly admits, lucky to be here. Near the open fields, the friendly people and the safe streets he has grown to love.

Two moments, two errors in judgment, could have sent him in a different direction. An ugly direction where futures are bleak.

History still not on Rutgers' side

Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell grew up in the same state as Rutgers. And went to Penn State.

Joe Theismann grew up in the same state as Rutgers. And went to Notre Dame.

10 questions for Jim Grabowski

Staff writer Brett Dawson chatted with the former Illini great, who calls a good game on radio and is one of 114 voting members of the Harris Poll:

First class

How to travel in style with the Illini:

Mezydlo: For Kittner, it's wait and see

CHICAGO – He walked off Soldier Field on Thursday night as casual and confident as he did many times before at Memorial Stadium.

Kurt Kittner doesn't show a lot of emotion. He doesn't say many words. In fact, it's hard to tell if Kittner is ready to hit the town in celebration or pound a locker in frustration.

No decision yet on Flakes

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois coach Ron Zook said Thursday no final decision has been made on the status of quarterback Kisan Flakes.

Flakes pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a felony. He was given first offender probation, which means he will have no record of the conviction if he has no other law trouble in the next 30 months. Flakes also was ordered to perform community service, fined and ordered to get a substance-abuse evaluation.

A guide to game days at Memorial Stadium

The coaching staff is new. A stadium approaching its 82rd birthday has a major face-lift in its future. The record could dearly use a new look, too.

As Ron Zook's first Illini football team prepares for its debut, change is definitely in the air at Memorial Stadium.

First go-around

A look at five players new to the UI lineup: