MJ's random thoughts: Pearl back on trail

— C-U’s favorite coach, Bruce Pearl, is back in the college game, and the new Auburn head coach is on quite the recruiting roll. Since his show-cause penalty from the NCAA expired last week, Pearl has landed a pair of commitments. The former Tennessee coach got four-star forward Horace Spencer and Maryland transfer Trayvon Reed to pledge to the Tigers.

Saturday's prep highlights: Centennial cruises

In football
■ Centennial 62, Morton 12. Jimmy Fitzgerald was 12 of 17 for 238 yards and four touchdowns for the Chargers. The game was postponed in the first quarter Friday night tied at 6.

Coach’s idea allows teams to ‘ease in’

CHAMPAIGN — Cross-country meets, in and of themselves, are not inherently different.

The terrain is occasionally altered from meet to meet. The layout can vary. But the basic concept remains unchanged.

Sunday Conversation: Alan M. Nathan

Were you always interested in physics when you were a kid?

LIVE! Illini Classic

Illinois finishes off its sweep of No. 20 North Carolina with a 25-23 win in the third set. Since I said neither team would get the sweep tonight — I thought both teams were too good — consider me proven wrong.

That's it from the LIVE! Report. And with the Illini on the road for most of September, it will be the last one for a while.

Tate: Illini must improve

Deepening Illinois clouds parted to allow a bright fourth quarter Saturday.

Wes Lunt fired three last-period TD passes and the Illini survived Youngstown State’s upset bid, 28-17, in the season opener.

Asmussen: In the grand scheme of things ... It could have been worse

Bob Asmussen is in his 26th year covering college football for The News-Gazette. Here are his thoughts and observations after Saturday’s opening week of the season:

‘Jacked up’ Lunt delivers in fourth quarter

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Davis knows quiet.

Win a relief for Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Wes Lunt soaked in the scene.

An interview with BTN.

Illinois Football vs Youngstown State

The Illini football team opens the season with a 28-17 win over Youngstown State at Memorial Stadium in Champaign Saturday August 30, 2014.