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'They can't get a mascot'

The "war chant" is gone. Is the "Three In One" halftime music also on the endangered list?

"Leave it alone," Loren Tate says in his weekly podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited.' "Why split the fandom, why have all this divisiveness over something when you don't have to? It's hard enough to bring fans together as one anyway. This really split them."

Tatelines: On changing Illini traditions

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Chief Illiniwek was retired in 2007. But the music the Chief danced to at halftime of Illinois games — ‘Three In One’ — continues. For now. “It’s a magical confluence of music,” Loren Tate says in this week’s podcast, ‘Tatelines: Unedited.’ “To me the music is more important than the Chief dancing. The music gets the emotions flowing for me.


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Illini offense looking for answers

CHAMPAIGN — Garrick McGee was able to pick out eight or nine plays from last Saturday's 24-21 win against Ball State that had big-play potential.

But only potential.

Asmussen's Top 25 poll: Roll Tide

How we voted

Longtime AP poll voter Bob Asmussen's ballot:


1. Alabama 2

2. Southern Cal 1

3. Ohio State 5

4. Oklahoma 4

5. Clemson 6

6. Michigan 7

7. Penn State 9

8. Washington 8

9. Wisconsin 10

10. Florida State 3

11. Auburn 11

12. LSU 12

13. Stanford 13

14. Oklahoma State 14

Megginson: 'Holding each other to a standard'

Illinois offensive lineman Gabe Megginson discusses that group's struggles against Ball State and how they've responded, while wide receiver Malik Turner spotlights what will be key Saturday when the Illini face Western Kentucky.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 9-5-17

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Scott Beatty and Loren Tate talk with News-Gazette sports writer Scott Richey and with Doug Buschon (@IllinoisRivals) from, and they listen to Illini footballers Mike Dudek and Ty Watson, Illini OC Garrick McGee, Illini DC Hardy Nickerson, and to Western Kentucky University's head football coach Mike Sanford.


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Sept. 8 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 2:00pm

It might be just the first full week of September, but The News-Gazette sports staff is knee deep in Illinois and area high school athletics. What teams have stood out through the first few weeks? Which developing storylines might be of the most importance as the fall seasons progress? Who are the early breakout players?

Sept. 6 Illinois basketball, football & volleyball chat

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:30pm

Recruiting is in full swing for Brad Underwood's Illinois basketball team, with official visit season underway. Not to mention the start of the 2017-18 season comes at the end of this month. Lovie Smith's Illini football team is off to a 1-0 start after a come-from-behind victory against Ball State. A stiff challenge awaits this weekend against Western Kentucky.

Sept. 4 Asmussen Top 25

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of The Associated Press AP Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot: