For the languishing Illinois football family, Mike White remains something of a folk hero.
Counting three ties, the Illini had won once in 20 Big Ten games when the flamboyant Californian took over in 1980.
Sound familiar? They’re currently 1 of 25.
Forty years ago today, Red Grange returned to Champaign for the 50th anniversary celebration of Memorial Stadium’s dedication. Anticlimactically, the Fighting Illini and Michigan State battled to a 21-21 tie. College football rules legislation ended the possibility of tie games beginning in 1996. Today, we review some of Illinois football’s most famous ties:
For the first time all season, there’s a new school atop the area leaders’ list. Unity moves up after its resounding win at home over previously unbeaten St. Joseph-Ogden. Fred Kroner’s rankings:
Mahomet-Seymour clinched its 13th consecutive playoff berth Friday night with its win at Bloomington Central Catholic. Here are other area teams that can look forward to the playoffs after Week 9 — and those eagerly awaiting their regular season finales.
Saturday Sports Talk 10-18-14: Play now!
Steve Kelly and Loren Tate talk with EIU AD Tom Michael, The News-Gazette's Marcus Jackson, Illini Associate AD Mike Waddell, and with Illini women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, and they listen to former Illini men's basketball coach Bruce Weber.
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EUREKA — Touchdown runs from Luke Sieving, Zach Tjarks and Nick Kauffman helped Prairie Central build a 21-6 halftime lead. and the Hawks never looked back in the win.
TUSCOLA — Tuscola’s defense clamped down in the second half after Zach Bates returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half, and the Warriors’ sixth win of the season — a 37-20 triumph over Warrensburg-Latham — assured them of another playoff berth.
WESTVILLE — Salt Fork kept its playoff hopes alive with the 19-point victory against Westville, 33-14. The Storm improved to 4-4 on the season and must win next week at Fithian against Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac to at least qualify for the playoffs. Salt Fork has reached the playoffs in each of the past 13 seasons.
PAXTON — For the third consecutive year, Paxton-Buckley-Loda goes into Week 9 needing a win to qualify for its first playoff spot since 2006 after losing 14-3 to Momence on Friday.
The Panthers will try to get that elusive fifth win next Friday at home against St. Thomas More.