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Celebrating Coach McClain

Here is one place for all our coverage from the celebration of the life of Wayne McClain.

Sports Talk 10-22-14

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On Basketball Wednesday, Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson talk with Brad Sturdy from rivals.com and with Todd Lindsey from the Illini Quarterback Club.

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10-22-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast

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10-22-14 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Fred Kroner, Matt Daniels, and Scott Richey look at high school sports in Central Illinois.  This week a look at the passing of Central High School Basketball Coach Wayne McClain.

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Kroner: What a celebration


CHAMPAIGN — Wednesday was a good day.

The sun provided the warmth outside.

Thomas to decide Tuesday; Self and Weber to attend McClain's funeral

Four-star forward Elijah Thomas is set to announce his college decision today, with Illinois among his top five.

During an announcement at 1:30 p.m. from Lancaster High just outside Dallas, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder will choose between the Illini, LSU, Oklahoma State, SMU and Texas A&M.

News-Gazette SportsPage 10-20-14

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Join the News-Gazette sportswriters as they broadcast from the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign, discussing the latest in Illini news.

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Tyke Peacock: Long road back


URBANA — Tyke Peacock’s high jumping ability took him to world-famous stadiums across the globe — from Belgium to Berlin, Italy to England.

Saturday Sports Talk 10-18-14

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Steve Kelly and Loren Tate talk with EIU AD Tom Michael, The News-Gazette's Marcus Jackson, Illini Associate AD Mike Waddell, and with Illini women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, and they listen to former Illini men's basketball coach Bruce Weber.

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McClain's funeral Wednesday in Champaign

The funeral for Champaign Central boys' basketball coach and former Illini assistant Wayne McClain will be Wednesday at the Fluid Events Center at 601 N. Country Fair Drive in Champaign. Bishop Lloyd E. Gwin will officiate.

Wayne McClain: 1954-2014

Wayne McClain was a winner at every stop. But it was his character — even more so than his coaching — that had everyone talking about him in glowing terms after he died Wednesday. A wrapup of our coverage:

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