Sports Talk 12-18-14: Play now!
Brian Moline covers Illini football (-- Coaches Beckman, Cubit, Banks, and Golesh, along with a few football players), Illini volleyball (Liz McMahon), and Illini men's basketball (Coach Groce).
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Reilly O'Toole has gone from second string to first rate, helping Illinois reach a bowl game — and perhaps save his coach's job — in the process.
The next step is winning a bowl game.
Even as Barry Alvarez returns to the “Wisconsin formula” in naming Paul Chryst as head football coach, the Badger mystery continues to bubble.
With Bret Bielema’s switch to Arkansas as background, what influenced Gary Andersen to make a lateral move to perennial also-ran Oregon State after 9-4 and 10-3 seasons at Wisconsin?
In girls’ basketball
■ Iroquois West 65, Herscher 44. Ariel Medina had 15 points and Grace Schroeder had 14 as Iroquois West recovered from a first-quarter deficit to beat Herscher in the championship game of the eight-team Raider Classic on Wednesday at Gilman. The Raiders (11-2) hit seven three-point shots.
Coach Alex Golesh talks HOD Bowl Thursday at 5:10 on WDWS.
Leading up to the Illini’s appearance at the Heart of Dallas Bowl, college football writers Bob Asmussen and Matt Daniels will check in:
CHAMPAIGN — Ahead of Wednesday’s 73-55 win against Hampton, Illinois coach John Groce mixed up the routine a bit with his players, who were preparing for final exams week.
CHAMPAIGN — Maybe it’s because it was finals week and most Illinois students were huddled up in a library somewhere cramming for a test.
Or maybe another ho-hum opponent did little to entice Illini fans to make their way to State Farm Center.