McGee: 'Recognize the situations that are going on'

Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee discusses the play of quarterback Jeff George Jr. and his young offensive line, while defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson touches on how the Illini defense has to finish more plays.

Smith: 'We need more'

Illinois coach Lovie Smith discusses the state of his team — mired in a four-game losing streak — and Saturday's upcoming game at Minnesota during his weekly press conference at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois not conducting review

The Associated Press asked 84 top universities with major basketball programs as well as six top conferences about their response to a federal corruption scandal that has overshadowed college hoops as the season gets ready to begin.

Of 63 schools that responded, 28 said the probe prompted their own internal reviews.

UI: 150 years, 1,000 stories, 100 videos

They hail from six continents — the Urbana-born doctor who's devoted the past three decades to caring for the poorest of the poor in East Africa; the dreamer from Freeport who grew up with 16 brothers and sisters and went on to become the first black American billionaire; the South Korean journalist who never thought she'd see her byline in the student newspaper, being a self-described "FOTB" (

O'Brien settling in at libero

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois wrapped up its first major Big Ten homestand on a high note, with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 sweep of Maryland securing the Illini a third straight win and second consecutive sweep after beating Ohio State on Friday.

The four consecutive matches at Huff Hall — the longest such run this season for Illinois — doubled as an adjustment period.

Allegretti: 'Easiest thing to fix is effort'

Hear from Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr., running back Ra'Von Bonner, defensive end James Crawford and offensive lineman Nick Allegretti after Satuday's 35-24 loss to Rutgers at Memorial Stadium.

Upon Further Review 'I-L-L ... We want Ayo'

First impressions

— Does Saturday's loss to Rutgers mark the official turning of the page to Illinois basketball season? The argument at least could be made.

Smith: 'Never really were in it'

Illinois coach Lovie Smith breaks down his team's 35-24 loss to Rutgers on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Illini remain winless in the Big Ten with the defeat.

LIVE! Rutgers

FINAL: Rutgers 35, Illinois 24

The losing streak has reached four games for the Illinois football program.


Beat writer's pick: Illinois 24, Rutgers 10

Can Illinois snap its three-game losing streak and win its first Big Ten game of the season? Our Scott Richey says yes.