Prep highlights: Oakwood sweeps past Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin

In volleyball

Armstrong-Potomac 2, Hoopeston Area 0. The host Trojans cruised to a 25-14, 25-16 Vermilion Valley Conference win. Sarah Porter (10 kills, eight digs, four aces), Maddie Buhr (eight kills, three blocks) and Madi Gayheart (12 assists) sparked A-P (10-5) against the Cornjerkers (0-11).

'We don't know yet'

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois won't play again for nine more days when it takes the field for its Big Ten opener on Sept. 29 at home against Nebraska.

The off week came at the right time, according to Illini coach Lovie Smith. There might not be a standard "best time" for a weekend off, but Illinois could use the extra days to heal up to be full strength to face the Cornhuskers (1-2).

Back home in Indiana

CHAMPAIGN — Indiana fans will have to watch one of their own hammer shots from the outside-hitter position for three rotations when Illinois takes on the Hoosiers today inside University Gym in Bloomington, Ind. 

Next, those same fans will watch three more rotations from another in-state product. 

Charting their own course

Bulldogs could be in for a special season

Which 2018 recruit commits first?

The Illinois basketball season officially starts Sept. 29. Each day leading up to it, beat writer SCOTT RICHEY answers a question about Brad Underwood's first Illini team:

Tate: I'll take Jeff George

There was a time when Illinois was known for its talent at quarterback.From the day Dave Wilson torched Ohio State in 1980 to Juice Williams' Rose Bowl season of 2007, the man under center often put up prolific numbers.

In this week's podcast, "Tatelines: Unedited," 51-year columnist Loren Tate weighs in on his favorite Illini quarterbacks.

Urbana standout Scott commits to Illini

Urbana senior Arieal Scott has verbally committed to Illinois women's basketball, doing so on Tuesday night and giving new coach Nancy Fahey one of the top shooters in the state and in the Class of 2018.

Scott posted an announcement on her Twitter account late Tuesday night.

Smith: 'Perfect time for a bye'

Illinois coach Lovie Smith discusses his team's bye week, briefly touches on the quarterback situation and finishes with the idea that even more freshmen might find their way onto the field this season than the 18 that already have.

HS Volleyball: B-H/R-A vs. Oakwood

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin vs. Oakwood in a prep volleyball match at Oakwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Illinois offers 2019 point guard

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is in the midst of a crucial part of the 2018 recruiting cycle with official visits happening and decisions perhaps being made before November’s early signing period opens.

But that doesn’t mean the Illini aren’t making moves for 2019. They made another late Monday with an offer to four-star Bettendorf, Iowa, guard D.J. Carton.