FINE DINING: All UI athletes benefit from NCAA rule

CHAMPAIGN — The swanky Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium hosts 1,000-plus Illinois football fans on Saturdays in the fall.

In the offseason, the calendar is crammed with wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties.

Hartleb won't waste time

You won’t usually find Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb in his office on a Tuesday morning in July. Whether he’s on the road recruiting or using the Illini’s offseason to get in some vacation time, it’s not guaranteed you’ll catch him at his desk.

But that’s where Hartleb was this Tuesday. The circumstances dictated it.

Tate, Part I: UI standards out of whack

First in a three-part series

Judge rejects Sinclair's argument on gun charge

URBANA — A Champaign County judge has rejected a former University of Illinois football staffer's constitutional challenge to the unlawful use of weapons statute.

A ruling issued by Judge Heidi Ladd Tuesday means aggravated unlawful use of weapons charges against Matt Sinclair, 31, of Savoy, will proceed.

Bragg, Moore both big on Illini

Since his visit to the UI campus in the spring of 2013, five-star forward Carlton Bragg of Cleveland has held John Groce's program in high regard.

26 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.

No. 26: Austin Schmidt, OL

Asmussen's Top 50: No 26 Kansas State

Veteran college football writer Bob Asmussen counts down his Top 50 teams for the 2014 season.

No. 26: Kansas State

Coach: Bill Snyder

2013 record: 8-5

Projected 2014 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Oct. 18 at Oklahoma

Okaw loses conference member for 2016-17

The revamped Okaw Valley Conference will have a new look this school year.

And again in two years. Maroa-Forsyth will depart the league after its board of education voted 4-3 Monday night to join the Sangamo Conference once the 2016-17 school year starts.

Pair of Illini make watch lists

Two Illinois football players found their name on preseason national award watch lists on Monday.

Linebacker Mason Monheim was one of 51 linebackers named to the Butkus Award watch list, and tight end Matt LaCosse was one of 42 tight ends put on the College Football Performance Awards Tight End Trophy list.

The meaning behind Michael's move

Former Illini basketball player Tom Michael is taking over the Eastern Illinois athletic department. What does it mean ...

For Michael ...

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