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Boys' state soccer tournament moved

BLOOMINGTON — The Class 1A boys’ soccer state tournament will head to East Peoria starting with the 2017 tournament and remain at the Eastside Centre through 2021.

The Corn Crib in Normal has served as the 1A state final site the last five seasons, which saw Urbana Uni High make the state finals in 2012 and 2015.

Big Ten football: 2017 recruiting glance

June and July are historically the busy months when it comes to college football commits. Sunday was a prime example, with Lovie Smith’s Illini receiving two verbal commitments from in-state products. How do the Illini compare with their Big Ten brethren with the Class of 2017? Here’s a glance:

Asmussen: Lovie's goals catching high school eyes

After three-plus decades as a high school coach, not much surprises Rockford Auburn’s Dan Appino.

But Lovie Smith managed to jolt him.

During a high school coaching clinic in the spring, Smith put his goals for the 2016 Illini on a television screen.

“Everybody looked around at each other and said, ‘Wow. If they can do that, it will be something,’ ” Appino said.

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UPDATED: UI football player signs second-chance agreement in case after campus fight

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois football player Jarrod "Chunky" Clements has signed a second chance misdemeanor agreement after being charged with battery in April.

Illini open in the afternoon

The Lovie Smith era at Illinois will start with a 2:30 p.m. game Sept. 3 against Murray State.

BTN announced the kickoff times today for the first three weeks of broadcasts.

As previously announced, the Sept. 10 Illinois home game against North Carolina is set for 6:30 p.m. Like the opener, it will be broadcast by BTN.

June 16 prep sports chat

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.

June 15 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 12:30pm

Summer workouts are slated to begin in full swing for the Illini. What are key points of emphasis for John Groce and his staff? How is recruiting going for the 2017 class? How are some of the injured players from this past season recovering? Beat writer Scott Richey is chatting away in his customary 12:30 p.m. time slot on Wednesday, so feel free to ask questions ahead of time.  

First and 10: Coaches on the hot seat

This week’s list: The college coaching carousel never stops, as Illinois is well aware. But the Illini won’t find Lovie Smith on any hot seat list this season. Here are 10 coaches who might want to update their resume, though:

Packed offseason according to Finke's plan

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central boys’ basketball coach Jeff Finke and his staff have just 25 contact days with their team this summer.

Most of them have to be crammed into the month of June with football taking over and the return of the summer session of AAU basketball in July.