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Cash game: Illinois football paying big bucks to opponents

Another future Illinois football opponent — Eastern Michigan — was revealed on Wednesday.

The MAC school, which will visit on Sept. 14, 2019, is the latest to receive a hefty paycheck — $1 million — from the Illini. They aren’t the only school who will see its bank account rise thanks to Illinois.

Boykin picks Notre Dame

Illinois felt the relationship it developed with Miles Boykin might pay off with a commitment from the state's top Class of 2015 offensive prospect.

But the New Lenox Providence Catholic wide receiver won't play his college football in Champaign.

Boykin orally committed to Notre Dame on Wednesday evening, announcing so via his Twitter account.

Illini add another lineman

The string of offensive lineman commits continues to pour in for Illinois coach Tim Beckman.

Zach Heath from American River College out of Sacramento, Calif., gave the Illini an oral commitment late Tuesday night, becoming the fourth offensive lineman to pledge to the Illini in the Class of 2015 and ninth commit overall. 

39 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 39: Jarrod Clements, DL

Illini await Boykin's decision

Miles Boykin can hardly go anywhere in his hometown of Tinley Park without getting the question.

Or anywhere along the corridors of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox without getting the question.

Where’s he going to college?

Boykin, the state’s top offensive prospect in the Class of 2015, will provide an answer to those inquiries at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 39 Pitt

Bob Asmussen counts down his top 50 college football teams this upcoming season.

No. 39: Pitt

Coach: Paul Chryst

2013 record: 7-6

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Nov. 29 at Miami

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 40 Duke

Bob Asmussen counts down his top 50 college football teams this upcoming season.

No. 40: Duke

Coach: David Cutcliffe

2013 record: 10-4

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Sept. 27 at Miami

40 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 40: Joe Spencer, OL

Bob Asmussen: Big Ten gets bigger

Welcome, my friends, to the conference that never ends.

Today, the Big Ten grows by two. From 12 to 14. Can 16 be far behind?

Yes, Maryland is now a part of the Big Ten. So is Rutgers. Officially.

Maryland leaves the comfort of its longtime affiliation with the ACC. We think of Lefty Driesell, John Lucas, Randy White, Len Bias, Boomer Esiason and Gary Williams.

Updated: Michael a finalist at Eastern Illinois

Eastern Illinois announced three finalists for its vacant athletic director position Monday. Illinois senior associate director of athletics Tom Michael is among those in the running to replace Barbara Burke, who left Charleston to become the deputy athletic director at Tulane. Here’s a closer look at the three finalists, who will be interviewed July 7-9:

Rick Hartzell