Illini not worrying about autonomy vote

CHAMPAIGN — On the eve of a landmark vote by the NCAA Division I board of directors, Tim Beckman wasn’t giving much thought about autonomy.

The buzzword hovering around college athletics recently wasn’t exactly generating much buzz in Beckman’s world.

Behind the Scenes ... Huff Hall Tour

Illinois volleyball players Liz McMahon and Julia Conard continue the Huff Hall tour in the basement, showing off the Illini's locker room and team room in staff writer Scott Richey's continuing "Behind the Scenes at Illinois" series.

Scott Richey

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 3 Ohio State

Bob Asmussen reveals his latest Top 50 college football team this fall.

No. 3: Ohio State

Coach: Urban Meyer    

2013 record: 12-2

Projected 2014 record: 12-0

Circle the date: Nov. 29 vs. Michigan

3 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.

No. 3: Josh Ferguson, RB

Arcola's Edwards to play softball for Illini

Arcola’s Taylor Edwards stays busy during all three high school sports seasons, playing volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and splitting time between softball and track during the spring.

But the senior-to-be always has favored softball as her choice for a college sport. She made that choice official Tuesday night, when she orally committed to play softball at Illinois.

Daniels: A look at the WRs

Illinois football beat writer Matt Daniels gives the inside scoop on how position battles are faring for the Illini during preseason camp. Today’s glance hones in on the wide receivers:

Who has left?

Illinois soccer ahead of the curve

One practice in and the Illinois soccer team is already ahead of schedule for the 2014 season thanks to the best beep test results in Janet Rayfield’s 12 seasons as head coach.

Football notes: Bailey understanding Cubit's system

CHAMPAIGN — Aaron Bailey had this predicament last summer.

The quarterback had to decipher the multifaceted offense Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit runs. After Bailey played in an option-based offense at Bolingbrook, it wasn’t the easiest task.

Tate: Groce's great mission gaining steam

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