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PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 11-19-16

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 11-19-16: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Derek Piper, Iowa PBP man Gary Dolphin, and Scott Dochterman.

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Final Word: Senior Day awaits for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — One by one, the seniors went to the microphone at Friday’s Illini Quarterback Club luncheon. They were funny, smart and thankful.

A sampling:

“As an undergrad, I majored in football mostly,” defensive tackle Rob Bain said. “After school, I’m just thinking about being an actor, model, businessman, triple threat. We’ll see how it goes.

Talking points with ... Scott Dochterman

We asked Land of 10 Iowa columnist Scott Dochterman his thoughts on the Hawkeyes going into Saturday’s Illinois-Iowa game at Memorial Stadium:

Projected starters: Iowa at Illinois

How they line up
Beat writer Matt Daniels views projected starters for Illinois and Iowa:

Illini (3-7)
Offense
NO.    POS.    PLAYER    HT.    WT.    YR.
12    Quarterback    Wes Lunt    6-4    225    Sr.

One last home start likely for Lunt

CHAMPAIGN — Almost six years after he first set foot inside Memorial Stadium, Wes Lunt will play his final game at the venerable venue situated off Kirby Avenue.

Ironically, the Illinois quarterback is slated to make his first start in more than a month against Iowa, the same team he started against back in 2014 when he returned to the field after he fractured a fibula.

Martin: 'I'm going to cry like a baby'

He is the only area player on the Illini roster.

Michael Martin is a big fan of his hometown (Champaign), smarter than the rest of us (working on his master’s in mechanical engineering) and is proud of his place on the Illinois team (from walk-on to scholarship player).

Tate: Line play key against Hawkeyes

Verbal repetition is a sign of old age.

Like the sad sack on the street corner, talking to ghosts that only he sees, I keep shouting into a dead microphone.

One more time: In football, the team with the biggest and baddest linemen usually wins.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 11-18-16

PODCAST: Sports Talk 11-18-16: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Loren Tate host this Friday's episode of Sports Talk from the State Farm Center with John Groce and others.

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PODCAST: Illini Notebook, Iowa

PODCAST: Illini Notebook, Iowa: Play now!

Fighting Illini broadcaster Brian Barnhart previews Friday night's basketball game vs. Detroit-Mercy and Saturday's final home football contest against Iowa.

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Man charged with stealing from stadium, arena

URBANA — A former employee at Memorial Stadium has been charged with burglary for allegedly stealing from offices there and at State Farm Center.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said James Pelham, 24, who listed addresses on West White Street and Briar Lane in Champaign, told University of Illinois police that he had been sleeping recently at the State Farm Center.