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Cubit gets extension through 2015

CHAMPAIGN — Bill Cubit said in late July he wanted Illinois to be his final job.

Looks like that might happen.

The Illinois offensive coordinator received a contract extension on Wednesday through the 2015 season, along with a salary increase to $500,000 per season.

Fotu commits to Illinois

Illinois has hit the junior college ranks hard during Tim Beckman's first two seasons.

They added another JUCO player on Tuesday morning when Siosifa Fotu gave a verbal commitment to Illinois.

Fotu is the 16th commit for Illinois in the Class of 2014 and fourth JUCO player.

Fotu is a defensive end from Laney College in Oakland, Calif.

Thomas: 'We're moving the needle'

There’s work to do — for Mike Thomas and his Illinois football team. The Illinois athletic director wishes the topic was about an upcoming bowl game for Illinois. But it’s not. Thomas has seen his first major coaching hire, Tim Beckman, stumble to a 6-18 record in his first two seasons. Not what anyone associated with the program envisioned two years ago when Ron Zook was fired.

Tampa LB newest Illini commit

CHAMPAIGN — The snow didn’t bother Tre Watson.

Although the Tampa (Fla.) Catholic linebacker had never seen the wintry accumulation before it blanketed Champaign-Urbana this weekend.

“It was kind of cool,” Watson said with a laugh. “It wasn’t going to deter my choice at all.”

Report: Young will likely transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Donovonn Young had the least productive season of his Illinois career in 2013.

It doesn't appear the running back will try to erase those memories.

At least not in an Illinois uniform.
The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday evening Young plans to transfer after three seasons at Illinois.

Asmussen: Bowling Green on a roll

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Three 2015 in-state prospects on Rivals' Top 250

An early glimpse at the Class of 2015 football prospects came to light on Tuesday.

Rivals.com released its initial top 250 compilation of elite high school juniors across the country.

The state of Illinois wasn't heavily represented, although Illinois does have several recruiting targets who found their way onto the list.

Recruiting Wrap — Williams leads Simeon in opener

Every week during the high school basketball season, recruiting blogger MATT DANIELS will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's worth of games.

Tate: Banks will be back

This won’t be 2013’s most popular decision, but it’s final ... for 2014.

Tim Banks, much-chastised UI defensive coordinator, will return in that capacity after his unit set school records for inefficiency.

Former Illini check-up: Week 14

A look at how former Illlini fared in Week 14.