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Christie gets Illinois offer

CHAMPAIGN — While roster questions still abound in the 2018-19 season for Illinois men's basketball, recruiting for future classes didn't stop on Saturday.

Judah Christian football is the new kids on the block

CHAMPAIGN — At this point 11 weeks from now, Nate Albaugh will wake up on a Saturday morning and have time to fully digest a Judah Christian football game.

After all, the Tribe has never played the sport before in the school's 35-year history.

That changes this fall.

Asmussen | Stampley's back home at last

The local receiver is coming home. And he's got big plans.

Former Centennial standout Dominic Stampley made a commitment to the Illinois football program Friday.

"It's the time to rebuild right now," Stampley said. "What better way than with a hometown guy to help the program spark it up a little bit."

'It really was surreal'

Brian Brooks compiled a 324-121 record in 15 seasons coaching at St. Joseph-Ogden before stepping aside in March. The man who helped guide the Spartans to a 2016 Class 2A state title will serve as the South coach in today's Class 1A/2A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Pontiac.

'Those were always fun'

Chad Benedict  won six regional titles in 19 seasons coaching at Chrisman (1999 to 2006) and Mahomet-Seymour (2006 to 2018). The man who helped lead M-S to the Class 3A Elite Eight in 2015 will serve as the South coach in today's Class 3A/4A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Pontiac.

Kendziera collects two medals at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera was a whisker away from an NCAA title.

Officially, it was 0.01 seconds.

That's all that seperated the Illinois redshirt senior from his first-ever national championship in the final meet of his college career.

Vaughn wins NCAA discus title

EUGENE, Ore. — Luke Vaughn never won a state title in the discus during his high school career.

But the former Centennial standout can now call himself an NCAA champion.

The Memphis graduate student won the event late Friday night during the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field with a toss of 198 feet, 2 inches.

Judah Starts Football

Judah Christian is having a football team for the first time in school history for the 2018 season. They weree practicing on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Field of Dreams complex in southwest Champaign.

Ex-Centennial star Stampley commits to Illinois football

Dominic Stampley is returning home.

The former Centennial football athlete on Friday announced via Twitter that he'd be joining Lovie Smith's Illinois program. Stampley, a wide receiver, graduated high school in 2015.

June 11 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 10:00am

What players will Illinois bring to the Big Ten football media kickoff? After Dana Howard goes in, who will be the next Illini in the College Football Hall of Fame? What team do you want to see Illinois play in future Chicago games?

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