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Mackovic: 'Best hometown fans ever'

Days away from the 150th anniversary of Gov. Richard Oglesby signing the bill that created the University of Illinois, our Jeff D'Alessio keeps reaching out to famous formers for their best stories.

Former football coach and AD JOHN MACKOVIC had this to say:

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 02-11-17

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 02-11-17: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Ryan Evan, Deon Thomas and new UI volleyball coach Chris Tamas.

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Lovie previews spring ball

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith talked about reasons why the Illini will start spring practice on Valentine's Day, how the depth is across the program and other topics ahead of Tuesday's first workout

Injuries, depth hold Smith's focus

CHAMPAIGN — Sitting inside the State Farm Center media room late Friday morning, even with fresh snow outside, football wasn’t far from Lovie Smith’s mind.

Never is, really. Especially because Smith’s second spring practice session in charge of the Illinois football program starts Tuesday afternoon.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 02-10-17

PODCAST: Sports Talk 02-10-17: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Matt Daniels host this Friday's edition of Sports Talk discussing the news of the day and all things sports.

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PODCAST: Brian Barnhart's Illini Notebook previews Penn State 02-10-17

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Fighting Illini announcer Brian Barnhart looks back on Illinois basketball's win over Northwestern on Tuesday, and he previews Saturday's matchup with Penn State.

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PODCAST:SportsTalk 02-09-17

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Tonight's guests include ESPN's Sean Harrington, Penn State broadcaster Steve Jones, and Illini wrestling coach Jim Heffernan.

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Feb. 13 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:00am

Who will replace Tim McGarigle as Illinois linebackers coach? What are the most pressing needs for the team as it starts spring practice? Is Lovie Smith done adding new players? For the answer to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our veteran college football writer.

Recruiting coordinator out

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Sternquist is out as Illinois football director of player personnel, sports information director Kent Brown confirmed today.

Sternquist ran the recruiting department at Illinois. A week ago, he was among those celebrating the signing of Lovie Smith’s first class.

The change is part of a reorganization of the recruiting staff, Brown said.

Tate: Renovation plans taking shape

Hear more from Hood Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

Popular cheap seats won’t be available in Memorial Stadium’s horseshoe during the 2018 football season.