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Asmussen: Beckman deflects questions like a pro

CHICAGO — What, did you actually think Tim Beckman was going to say what was on his mind?

Not now. Not with reporters from across the country gathered in Chicago. Not with his boss in the city and leaders at his school paying special attention.

Give Beckman credit. He never wavered from the script. If the goal was to avoid making more headlines, mission accomplished.

Sports Talk 07-30-15

Sports Talk 07-30-15: Play now!

It's Big 10 Football Media Day in Chicago, and Steve is there with the latest about the Illini. Featuring comments from Loren Tate, Brian Barnhart, Coach Beckman, and more!

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LIVE! Big Ten Media Days 2015

Our Bob Asmussen, Scott Richey and Loren Tate are in Chicago today for the Big Ten's media shindig. Updates coming all day:

On WDWS 1400-AM, programming starts at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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5:55 p.m.

Beckman: 'I’m only concerned about one thing'

As expected, Tim Beckman was quizzed relentlessly about his treatment of players during his appearance at today's Big Ten football media day. As expected, the embattled Illinois coach shed little light on the subject.

Best of teams: No. 10, Oregon

No. 10: Oregon

COACH: Mark Helfrich

2014 RECORD: 13-2

PROJECTED 2015 RECORD: 11-2

CIRCLE THE DATE: Nov. 21 vs. Southern Cal

Best of Illini: No. 10, Chayce Crouch

No. 10: Chayce Crouch, QB

UI roundup: Hambly's squad receives AVCA honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball joined the team from Rutgers on Wednesday as the only Big Ten squads to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 school year.

Sports Talk 07-29-15

Sports Talk 07-29-15: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson host the Wednesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Dan Hartleb and Adam Christ.

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Rice to Italy: 'I couldn’t pass this up'

Former Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice on Wednesday signed a contract with Italian basketball club Scaligera Verona to begin his professional career.

(UPDATED) Hartleb rounds out coaching staff

CHAMPAIGN — Dan Hartleb dipped into the pool of former Iowa State baseball players when he hired Spencer Allen just more than a year ago to replace longtime assistant Eric Snider.

It worked. Allen helped guide Illinois to a program-record 50 wins, while the Illini either led or were near the top of the Big Ten in most offensive statistical categories.