Sports Talk 7-23-14

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New UI offensive line coach Brattan meets the media

New Illinois offensive line coach Tom Brattan met with the media for the first time since becoming the newest Illini assistant. Here's a sample of what was said.

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MJ's chat: Bragg & Kentucky

UI recruiting target Carlton Bragg will visit Kentucky. Marcus Jackson touched on what that means for John Groce in today's chat:

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 18 Florida

Bob Asmussen offers up the next team on his Top 50 countdown this fall.

No. 18: Florida

Coach: Will Muschamp    

2013 record: 4-8

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Sept. 20 at Alabama

18 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.

No. 18: Dawuane Smoot, LEO

UI trustees to vote on $4.5 million more for State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.

The $165 million budget could bump up to almost $170 million pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.

The board meets Thursday in Chicago to consider the request for a budget increase and several other proposals, including a raise for basketball coach John Groce.

New journey stirs emotions in Michael

CHARLESTON — Tom Michael had to choke back emotions as he formally accepted his new position as athletic director at Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday at the Baker/Warmoth Hall of Champions at Lantz Arena.

Loren Tate: Riddle me this

Somebody called me a “know-it-all.” Actually, the opposite is true.
I don’t know enough. Doubts and unanswered questions carom through my brain like an off-track locomotive. Mostly without resolution.

Coaches, teammates remember Afryl

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football players and coaches woke up Tuesday morning to devastating news.

Former Illini offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died Monday night during a work-
out at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

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