1. Nearing the end. Surreal is how Reilly O’Toole explains it. Knowing he’s about to play in his final spring game leaves the quarterback with a bittersweet feeling.
At the top of Illini football hierarchy, Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit haven’t seen it as necessary or advantageous to name a starting quarterback.
They announced in advance that 15 spring drills would provide three-way competition ending with an equal-opportunity spring game at 2 p.m. Saturday.
TEAMS: Illinois (17-11, 5-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (14-18-1, 4-5 Big Ten).
SCHEDULE: 6 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: Illinois Field, Champaign.
RADIO: WDWS 1400-AM; Dave Loane (play-by-play) and analysts Brian Moline Friday and Saturday) and Loren Tate (Sunday).
Brian Moline and Matt Daniels talk with Mike Lindemann, director of the Illinois marathon and Parkland College women's basketball. They also talk about the Illinois spring football game.
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A name unfamiliar to many Illinois fans a month ago is one they are quickly becoming accustomed to hearing.
Maurice Watson Jr., the former Boston University point guard, is reportedly set to have an in-home visit with Illinois on Friday.
■ Champaign Central 8, Mahomet-Seymour 1. In a battle of unbeatens, Central sophomore PHILLIP SWARTZ continued his masterful work on the mound, going the distance in his second consecutive outing in leading the Maroons to a win against visiting Mahomet-Seymour at McKinley Field.
Women’s gymnast Sunny Kato, a communication major with a 3.51 grade-point average, was selected at the Illini Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Kato helped lead Illinois to its fourth trip to the NCAA Championships in the past six years.
SIDELL — Not everyone gets a retirement gift like Chris Hodge will receive Saturday.
The veteran football coach at Jamaica and Salt Fork will be inducted into the state Hall of Fame.