Tate: Illini in familiar situation

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.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Illini football ties

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:

Class 1A Regional Championship Boys Soccer

Class 1A Regional Championship Boys Soccer, St. Thomas More vs Judah Christian, Saturday, October 18, 2014, hosted by the High School of St. Thomas More. 

Kroner's Top 10: Unity dethrones St. Joseph-Ogden

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:

Football playoff picture: Who's qualified, and who's on the bubble?

Playoff picture

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

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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Friday night wrap: B-H wins third straight title

Prairie Central........................ 35
Eureka....................................... 12

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.

Lexington................................. 40

Tuscola ramps up intensity in victory

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.

Salt Fork tops Westville, could make playoffs

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.

PBL needs win in final contest

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.