July 21 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

When is Big Ten football's media days? What will Lovie Smith and the three Illini who are going with the new Illinois coach to Chicago have to say? What is the latest with Jordan Goodwin? Will Kipper Nichols play this season for the Illini? How will the area high school football scene fare? Any topic is welcome as sports editor Matt Daniels takes your questions at 3 p.m.

Praise rolls in for Jones' appointment

When Nick Anderson (left) suited up for the Flyin' Illini in the late '80s, the percentage of African-American students was roughly 4.8 perc

Top 50 Illini Football Players of 2016: No. 15, Mikey Dudek

No. 15: Mikey Dudek, WR

Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 15, Ole Miss

Coach: Hugh Freeze

2015 record: 10-3

Projected 2016 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Sept. 17 vs. Alabama

Bowl trip: TaxSlayer

UI hoops recruit glance: Thomas Allen

Why he’s a fit at Illinois
Allen, a scorer/distributor combo guard, received his Illini offer on June 27 — the most recent of seven players who could add to the program’s point guard depth.

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Tate: Paul getting his NBA shot

Brandon Paul has seen it all.

He was an impressionable eighth grader during the Illini’s magical 2005 basketball run to the national championship game.

Updated: Illini set camp schedule

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois football team opens training camp Aug. 4 on the fields east of Memorial Stadium. It will be Lovie Smith's first camp in charge of the program.

All of the practices are open to the public.

The sessions run until Aug. 20. Starting on Aug. 21, practices will be closed to the public.

The opening workout is scheduled for 11 a.m.

UI athlete gets court supervision for reduced charge in false police report

URBANA — A University of Illinois softball player who lied about being mugged as an apparent attention-seeking device has been sentenced to two years of court supervision.

If Stephanie Abello, 19, successfully completes the period with no further troubles, she will escape a conviction for the misdemeanor obstructing justice offense to which she pleaded guilty on Monday.

July 20 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:30pm

The Illinois basketball program is a week-plus removed from Jeremiah Tilmon's commitment that could change the program. So who's next to pull the trigger on the Illini? Will the 2016-17 team have enough success to make sure all the hype on the Class of 2017 isn't for naught? What about the 2018 and 2019 classes? Will Kipper Nichols ever find out about when he becomes eligible?