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Media Day: U of I Volleyball 2018

University of Illinois volleyball Media Day at Huff Hall on UI campus in Champaign on Friday, August 17, 2018.

Aug, 21 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

Is A.J. Bush locked in as the starting quarterback? Who will be his backup? What other positions at Illinois are up for grabs?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime Illinois football beat writer.

Young Illini more prepared for 2018 season

Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith discusses another strong practice by freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers II, while sophomore wide receiver Ricky Smalling and sophomore cornerback Nate Hobbs break down their own growth and the strides the Illini offense and defense are making.

Today's chat: College hockey in C-U

Is the University of Illinois still in the running to land a Division I men's hockey program? What could be standing in the way? What are the pros and cons? Have there been any recent developments?

Oakland grad Mandrell to lead Oakwood

FITHIAN — Jeff Mandrell went from being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame to ousted from his sideline gig in the span of less than four months.

Thursday's prep highlights: GCMS boys set school record

In boys' golf

At Findlay. Villa Grove/Heritage edged Okaw Valley by five strokes, posting a team score of 198 at Eagle Creek Golf Course. Medalist honors went to the Timberwolves' Case Crawford, who carded a 40, while the Blue Devils produced the two next-best scores with Jackson Vandeventer's 43 and Sam Reno's 45.

Ellis relives earliest memories of tennis, and where it's taken her

DANVILLE — Lauren Ellis can spend ample time telling you about her family's tennis roots.

How she grew up watching brother Tyler and sister Taylor, both of whom competed at Danville High School — where Lauren is now.

How she kept an eye on Tyler's two years hitting the courts for Olivet Nazarene.

Jefferson is new leader for Knights

ARTHUR — Since playing football at Illinois College, Ryan Jefferson knew he wanted to become a head football coach.

"I felt more of a passion for the game, and I figured that would be another way to help lead young men, not only on the field, but help build their character," Jefferson said. "I knew it would take me a while to get my foot in the door and build my resume."

Girls' tennis storylines: New faces may step into spotlight

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS offers up four girls' tennis storylines to watch during the 2018 season:

A NEW CROP

Survey says: Kendrick Green, Andrew Trainer and Bobby Walker

We get the lowdown from three Illinois football players about some of their likes and dislikes. We'll run their responses throughout training camp:

Kendrick Green | Freshman offensive lineman

Who does the best Lovie Smith impersonation?

Nate Hobbs.