At 1 p.m. Saturday, Illinois and Missouri renew their basketball rivalry. In 2001, the craziness involved the Chief, who for the first time in school history was confronted during his performance.
To this day, Matt Veronie has seen the video one time.
The Illinois football team finished up its eighth bowl practice this month on Thursday evening inside the Irwin Indoor Facility.
Reilly O'Toole worked with the starters as the senior preps to start his first-ever bowl game in his final college game.
The offensive line is a concern, with only seven healthy linemen available next Friday against Louisiana Tech.
Who: Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
When: 10 a.m. on Dec. 20
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome; New Orleans
TV plans: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Mack Brown and Kaylee Hartung)
Bob says ... Nevada, 17-14. The worst is first. And way too early.
Matt says ... Louisiana-Lafayette, 35-24. Feel free to sleep in and miss this one.
Leading up to the Illini’s appearance at the Heart of Dallas Bowl, college football writers Bob Asmussen and Matt Daniels will check in ahead of the Dec. 26 game:
CHAMPAIGN — Reilly O’Toole played sparingly in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. He didn’t complete any of his two pass attempts when he entered during the second quarter of Illinois’ win against UCLA three years ago.
The Illini quarterback will likely get more opportunities to play in his final college game.
The Senior CLASS Award highlights four areas of excellence in its recipients: character, classroom, community and competition. Illinois senior opposite hitter Liz McMahon hits on them all, and she was named the 2014 Senior CLASS Award winner for Division I women’s volleyball on Thursday after a vote by coaches, national volleyball media and fans.
ST. LOUIS — It isn’t Christmas without Illini-Mizzou basketball floorplay.
Along the Big Muddy, where King Football is nudged aside by slow-paced baseball, one roundball event is larger than the two contestants.
How do we know? No more empty seats like we’ve seen in earlier home outings.