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Sports Talk 8-22-14

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Brian Moline and Matt Daniels talk with new News-Gazette sports guru Scott Richey.


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Groce on schedule, freshmen and roster additions

CHAMPAIGN — When Illinois' Big Ten basketball schedule was released Thursday, one of the first things that stands out is the start of the 18-game campaign that starts with road dates at conference powers Michigan and Ohio State before coming home to State Farm Center to face Maryland. Then it's back on the road to Nebraska and Northwestern.

Illini open Big Ten slate at Michigan

The Big Ten on Thursday announced the 2014-15 men's basketball schedule, which for the first time will include Maryland and Rutgers. Here's a look at Illinois' slate. The Illini play five teams at home and on the road, they'll play four teams at home only and four others on the road only.

Loren Tate: Welcome, Illini freshmen

Consider yourself lucky. When you begin classes Monday, you’ll be part of a diverse class of nearly 7,000 new students weaned from roughly 33,000 applicants.

Everybody around you is double-smart, the middle 50 percent of freshmen in
engineering averaging 31-34 (out of 36) on the ACT and upward of 92 percent in class rank.

Sports Talk 8-20-14

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Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson provide soundbites from Illiini football head coach Beckman, new QB Wes Lunt, OC Bill Cubit, back-up QB Reilly O'Toole, Illini AD Mike Thomas, and from Illini men's basketball head coach John Groce, and they talk with Brad Sturdy from Orange and Blue News.


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Who cares about the QB?

It's basketball season. At least that's the way Marcus Jackson sees it. Our beat writer chatted at 12:30 p.m. today.Read the transcript by clicking here

Whitt picks Arkansas

Four-star guard Jimmy Whitt of Columbia, Mo.. on Tuesday made an oral commitment to Arkansas and coach Mike Anderson.

Whitt, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, was scheduled to make an official visit to the Illinois campus on Sept. 13. The Illini were finalists for Whitt, who also had visits scheduled with Marquette, SMU and Missouri.

Sunday Conversation: Dave Revsine

You just wrote a book, “The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation.” Why did you decide to write it?

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Happy 30th birthday, Dee Brown!

Happy 30th birthday Sunday to Dee Brown, one of the most popular and influential athletes in University of Illinois history. In 2004-05, he joined Bill Hapac, Andy Phillip, Walt Kirk and Rod Fletcher as the only Illini basketball first-team All-Americans.

Tate: Balance and dollars don't mix

If they say it’s not about the money, explain these numbers:

—$11 billion: The 14-year NCAA tournament TV deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting.

— $470 million: ESPN’s per-year contract for the new four-team NCAA football playoff.