The day the Chief got tackled

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.

Illini scrapbook: Harry Combes and the slush fund

Jim Turpin was with Harry Combes when news of the slush fund broke. Listen to the veteran announcer's account of what happened.

Let's talk, Illinois football fans

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. 

Football pick em bowl game edition

Welcome back everybody!  It sure feels good to still be talking football with you.  So let’s not waste any more time and break down this bowl game, shall we?  Wait a minute…did someone say bowl game?

Going bowling: Predictions for all the games

New Orleans
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.

Bowl prep: EIU coach familiar with UI opponent

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:

No surprise: O'Toole to start

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.

McMahon's a CLASS act

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.

Tate: Rivals often bring out best

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.