Buzz starts to build for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — On-field success has been in short supply for Illinois football the past two seasons.

Lovie Smith is just 5-19 overall in his time with the Illini and is coming off a 2017 season where he played 22 true freshmen and went winless in the Big Ten.

Tate | Rambling on about football

Like sailors eager to make the most of weekend shore leave, we as a nation are consumed today by a single thought ... who among these young vagabonds in short pants will display the most daring dunks and three-point shots?

We are swept away by inconceivable upsets, by virtuous winners, by the elimination of those we distrust.

DiLauro: 'A few teams that showed interest'

Christian DiLauro is trying to reach the NFL. And the 23-year-old former Illinois offensive lineman is giving The News-Gazette a weekly look into his journey. Here’s his 11th entry (catch the whole series here):

Asmussen | Williams is a quick study

CHAMPAIGN — Ask me the surprise player of the 2017 Illinois football season and it's an easy answer: Bennett Williams.

Under the radar after a standout high school career at a California power, the defensive back joined Lovie Smith's team with little fanfare.

Thomas sits out Friday's practice


Cam Thomas was relegated to spectator Friday, watching as his teammates started the 26-degree morning on the Memorial Stadium turf before they moved to Irwin Indoor.

Thomas sitting out left the quarterback duties to walk-ons Cam Miller and Charlie Reinkemeyer during Illinois' final spring practice before spring break.

Lovie lands Bloomington product

Less than a week after Illinois football received a verbal commitment from Top 100 recruit Marquez Beason, Lovie Smith's program picked up a commitment from its first in-state product for the Class of 2019 on Friday.

Griffin Moore, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior from Bloomington, committed to the Illini on Friday morning.

UI trustees to vote on health insurance hike, bonds for sports complex

URBANA — A 15 percent increase in student health insurance rates and a $196 million bond sale to finance construction of a soccer and track complex, football performance facility and other projects will be considered today by University of Illinois trustees.

Illini football practice notes | Corbin, Bonner featured


Sophomore-to-be Mike Epstein and junior Dre Brown aren't participating in spring drills as they recover from injury.

March 20 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:00am

How well have the Illini performed in the first half of the spring session? Is Rod Smith's offense taking hold? What injuries are the biggest concern for the team?

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

From the blog: Illini radio soundboard! (2018 UPDATE)

2018 UPDATE!

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