Groce: Wednesday morning update

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John Groce touched on all things Illinois basketball during Wednesday morning's Q&A with media who cover the team.  

Among the topics:

From the blog: posters and logos and tweeters…oh my!

Some miscellaneous fun items as we wait for college football to start…

N-G EXCLUSIVE: Random drug tests, mixed results at UI

It can happen any place, at any time — after football two-a-days at Camp Rantoul or Friday night's volleyball season opener at Huff Hall.

Random drug testing of athletes is as much a part of the university experience as pregame pep talks and postgame press conferences.

Illini roundup: Golfers gear up for season

CHAMPAIGN — Big Ten Golfer of the Year Thomas Detry and U.S. Open qualifier Nick Hardy return to coach Mike Small’s Illini men’s squad this season, and the team is poised to repeat its past success.

Survey says ... from Jeff George Jr.

Each day leading up to the season opener against Kent State on Sept. 4, we will get to know a little bit more about some Illinois football players beyond what they do on the football field. Today’s guest: quarterback Jeff George Jr., who has big plans for his bucket list item:

Asmussen: Davis likes his side job

They don’t even have his position on the Illinois football team. Fullbacks are as rare as flip phones.

But Carey Davis is a proud graduate of “Fullback U,” which produced Super Bowl winners Howard Griffith, Robert Holcombe, Jameel Cook and Davis.

“Nobody has one now,” Davis said.

Tate: Cubs now on Cards' level

This is what Ernie Banks longed for. A Cubbie revival. Harry Caray would be drinking Ron Santo under the table.

For all of its suddenness, this doesn’t fall into the category of “blind hog finds an acorn.” This was well-planned and executed and, for midstate Illinoisans, the hot story of the summer. And getting hotter.

N-G Football Top 10: No. 3 Monticello

WHY NO. 3?
Quarterback Brandon Wildman is back. After throwing for an area-best 3,193 yards last season. His top target, Noah Freemon, returns, too, after hauling in 50 catches for 1,016 yards and nine TDs last year. Get ready for more this season.


Tuesday's prep highlights: Centennial tennis cruises

In girls’ tennis

■ At Urbana. Host St. Thomas More dropped a 5-4 decision to Normal West at Atkins Tennis Center, despite singles wins from Mia Stipes and Kayley Schacht. The Sabers got doubles wins from the teams of Delaney Tressler/Emma Powell and Maddie King/Emma Blomberg.

Top 10: Monticello at No. 3

After playing in a new offense this year, Monticello's prolific passing attack is back for more in 2015.