Bill Cubit will make his debut as head coach at the University of Illinois on Friday night against Kent State. He’s had two previous first appearances as a head coach, in 1992 at Widener University and 2005 at Western Michigan. Unfortunately for Cubit, both of those debuts resulted in losses (a 40-6 defeat at Gettysburg in ’92 and a 31-19 loss at Virginia in ’05).
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Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Marcus Jackson.
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Longtime college football writer Bob Asmussen is ready to answer your questions. And we know you've got a lot of them after Illinois fired Tim Beckman on Friday. What does this mean for the program? Where does this firing rank in terms of others Bob has covered during his time on the beat? How much of a distraction is this for the players before the season opener against Kent State?
CHAMPAIGN — Of the many selling points Illinois has in recruiting point guards, the program being able to offer immediate playing time to one should he choose to sign on with John Groce & Co. tops the list.
Riding the NCAA bubble is a precarious basketball life.
That’s where John Groce finds himself in Year 4, with some anxious Illini fans bent on making serious judgments based on outcomes in the renovated State Farm Center.
Here's what beat writer Marcus Jackson was thinking when he studied the 2015-16 Illinois men’s basketball schedule, which was made complete on Thursday:
The Big Ten released the conference schedules for all of its men's and women's basketball teams Thursday afternoon.
The schedules for Illinois' men and women are below. We'll have more on this story, including thoughts from our beat writers, later today.
CHAMPAIGN — During their time at Illinois, basketball coach John Groce and wife Allison have been a part of multiple events designed to raise money for Coaches vs. Cancer. It’s a cause that’s special to the Groces.
CHAMPAIGN — When Jalen Coleman-Lands eventually gets back to full health, the shoes he wears on his right foot are going to have significantly more mileage on them than the ones that go on his left foot.