Illini stay unbeaten in return home

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball's return to Huff Hall after three weekends on the road — even as successful as they were with eight straight wins away from home — was bound to provide some nervous energy the Illini would have to handle Friday night against Northern Iowa.

Illinois in Liddell's top three

CHAMPAIGN — Two down.

Three to go.

And yes, Illinois is one of the three schools still in the running to land reigning News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year and Illinois Mr. Basketball E.J. Liddell. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward out of Belleville West narrowed his list of possible schools — again — on Wednesday night.

Illinois gets another seven-figure donation

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois set an initial fundraising goal of $30 million for what is now the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center. A $2.5 million donation for the new facility announced Wednesday by Illinois brings the DIA within striking distance of that target. That gift by real estate investment company CA Ventures brings Illinois' fundraising efforts to $28.175 million.

Illini defense will be tested by USF

Illinois defensive lineman Jamal Woods discusses the Illini's improved run defense last week and the importance of an even better performance Saturday against South Florida before safety Michael Marchese breaks down the challenge the Bulls — and quarterback Blake Barnett — will present and how the Illini walk-ons have played.

More offense might be necessary for Illini this weekend

Illinois wide receiver Sam Mays discusses taking on a larger role and the need for the Illini offense to start faster against South Florida. Then running back Mike Epstein discusses his better burst and fit in the offense before quarterback M.J. Rivers II talks about his comfort level in the offense and the challenge of the USF defense.

Central's Milton commits to Illinois baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Connor Milton is officially a trendsetter.

The Champaign Central junior on Monday night verbally committed to Dan Hartleb’s University of Illinois baseball program through a tweet. The decision came two days after the orange and blue offered Milton during an official visit.

Nickerson wants UI defense to avoid slow start

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson hits on why the Illini need to start games better, how they've adapted after losing multiple players and the challenge they'll face Saturday against South Florida.

Illinois 'snake bit' at receiver

Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith discusses Edwin Carter's second touchdown catch — and ensuing season-ending knee injury — which wide receivers need to step up and having to go to freshman M.J. Rivers II at quarterback.

Illini have yet to put together full game

Illinois coach Lovie Smith breaks down his team's 2-0 start, the challenge the Illini will face against South Florida on Saturday in Chicago and how they've dealt with a roster rocked by injuries and suspensions.

Inside Illini Basketball: Liddell watch

National signing day is a little more than two months away.

Who will the Illini sign when the first day Class of 2019 commits can put pen to paper beginning on Nov. 14?

Brad Underwood and his staff have targeted the likes of EJ Liddell, Drew Timme and Quincy Guerrier, among others, in the Class of 2019.