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Groce breaking boundaries in search for talent

For a century and more, the Illini basketball program has been Lincoln Land-locked.
Young Hoosier jump-shooters have always worn western blinders. Iowa preps view the land east of the Quad Cities as toxic. When’s the last time anyone north of Beloit wandered down here? And so on.


07-19-14 Saturday Sportstalk

07-19-14 Saturday Sportstalk: Play now!

07-19-14 Saturday Sportstalk.  Brian Barnhart and Loren Tate.  Today's guests, Marcus Jackson from The News-Gazette and IlliniHQ.com, Tom Michael the new AD at EIU, and Eric Snider now with Louisville  Baseball.

 

 

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22 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.

No. 22: Donovonn Young, RB


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 22 Mississippi

Bob Asmussen continues his countdown of the Top 50 college football teams this fall.

No. 22: Mississippi

Coach: Hugh Freeze

2013 record: 8-5

Projected 2014 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Oct. 4 vs. Alabama


Mark your calendars as Illini football nears camp

It’s about that time. Tim Beckman’s Illini are a little more than a month away from the season opener against Youngstown State. Beat writer Matt Daniels takes a look at five key dates before the Penguins visit Champaign:


Preps of summer: News you might have missed

School might not be in session, but news isn’t hard to come by. Here are a few headlines you might have missed during summer break, courtesy staff writer SCOTT RICHEY:


23 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini


Asmussen's Top 50: No. 23 Nebraska

Bob Asmussen offers up his countdown of the Top 50 college football teams for the upcoming season.

No. 23: Nebraska

Coach: Bo Pelini

2013 record: 9-4

Projected 2014 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Oct. 4 at Michigan State


Tate, Part III: Altering admission standards a change worth gambling on

At the height of the Cliff Alexander recruiting fever, John Groce’s basketball staff wasn’t the only one holding its breath on the UI campus. The Illini football office was also closely following the Chicago Curie basketball star.

Why? Because if Alexander picked up the Illini hat, it might have created the kind of crisis that the football staff needed to underscore a problem.


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