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Tate: Classroom restrictions can be eased

It’s old news that two head football coaches at Wisconsin — Bret Bielema and Gary Andersen — left in part because of the school’s academic restrictions in accepting borderline athletes.

Harking back to Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin has nevertheless ridden a wave of momentum in sustaining a successful program.

Sports Talk 07-23-15

Sports Talk 07-23-15: Play now!

After delivering the latest in sports news, Steve talks baseball with David Schuster (670 The Score), then basketball with former Illini Dee Brown, and finally chats football with former Illini Carey Davis.

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July 27 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 11:00am

Our longtime college football writer will be attending next week's Big Ten media days. Ask him what kind of questions Illinois coach Tim Beckman will get during his interview sessions. And ask him about new graduate assistant coach Reilly O'Toole.

Best of Illini: No. 17, Austin Schmidt

No. 17: Austin Schmidt, OL

Best of teams: No. 17, Georgia Tech

No. 17: Georgia Tech

COACH: Paul Johnson

2014 RECORD: 11-3

PROJECTED 2015 RECORD: 10-3

CIRCLE THE DATE: Oct. 10 at Clemson

Coaches cash in — more or less

University of Illinois trustees today are expected to sign off on amendments to three UI head coaches' contracts. In addition to more years for wrestling's Jim Heffernan and more money for gymnastics' Kim Landrus and Justin Spring, all three deals include provisions for "90 percent of the net profit of any camps and clinics" operated by the UI.

Beckman adds O'Toole to 2015 staff

CHAMPAIGN — Last time we saw Reilly O’Toole on the football field, he was leading Illinois as quarterback in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Next time we see the former News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year, he will be coaching them on it.

Sports Talk 07-22-15

Sports Talk 07-22-15: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson host the Wednesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Sam Maniscalco.

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Best of teams: No. 18, Texas A&M

No. 18: Texas A&M

COACH: Kevin Sumlin

2014 RECORD: 8-5

PROJECTED 2015 RECORD: 10-3

CIRCLE THE DATE: Nov. 28 at LSU

Best of Illini: No. 18, Taylor Zalewski

No. 18: Taylor Zalewski, K