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UI football notes: Hardee shoots for another master's

CHAMPAIGN — The first workout with full pads featured a few injured Illinois players by the time Monday’s practice ended in the early afternoon sun.

Defensive linemen Gimel President, Kenyon Jackson and Brandon Roberts were all a bit hobbled walking off the grass practice fields outside Memorial Stadium.

But the sight of that didn’t elicit panic from Lovie Smith.

Survey Says: Kenyon Jackson and Bobby Walker

We asked the Illinois football players 10 questions about their likes and dislikes. We will publish their responses each day leading up to the opener against Murray State on Sept. 3. Today’s guests ...

Defensive lineman Kenyon Jackson ...

Tate: Could Big Ten miss football playoff?

Oklahoma is a TD favorite over a strong Houston team Sept. 3, and an early nine-point choice over Ohio State Sept. 17.

If those odds hold true, a loaded Sooners team could be well on the way to a Big 12 football championship and a slot in the Final Four for the College Football Playoff.

And the Big Ten could be on the outside looking in. Here’s why:

Lovie Smith post practice Aug. 8, 2016

Illinois practiced for the first time this training camp with full pads on Monday. Hear what Lovie Smith had to say about that and more outside of Memorial Stadium in Champaign. 

Chayce Crouch post practice Aug. 8, 2016

Illinois quarterback Chayce Crouch talks about what he needs to improve upon and more after Monday's practice outside of Memorial Stadium in Champaign.  

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Time set for ACC/Big Ten Challenge game

CHAMPAIGN — The full 2016-17 Illinois basketball schedule has yet to be released, but bits and pieces continue to be unveiled. The latest? Tip-off time and TV information for the Illini's ACC/Big Ten Challenge showdown with North Carolina State.

9 prep events to watch in fall 2016

A look at one game, meet or tournament to keep an eye on in each sport the next two months:

Boys’ cross-country
Okaw Valley Conference meet, Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m.

Defending Class 1A state champion Unity and third-place St. Joseph-Ogden will likely vie for the top two team spots at Lodge Park in Monticello.

UI football notes: Lovie has a long night

CHAMPAIGN — Lovie Smith had a late night in Ohio. But the trip was well worth it.

The first-year Illinois coach flew to Canton on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Smith’s coaching mentor, Tony Dungy, and one of Smith’s former players, Orlando Pace, were enshrined.

Survey Says: Mike Svetina and Dillan Cazley

We asked the Illinois football players 10 questions about their likes and dislikes. We will publish their responses each day leading up to the opener against Murray State on Sept. 3. Today’s guests ...

Linebacker Mike Svetina ...

Will the Cubs win the World Series?
Two words: Cleveland Windians.