Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 14, Georgia

Coach: Kirby Smart

2015 record: 10-3

Projected 2016 record: 10-2

Circle the date: Oct. 1 vs. Tennessee

Bowl trip: Outback

Top 50 Illini Football Players of 2016: No. 14, James Crawford

No. 14: James Crawford, LB

Lewis plans to visit in August


UI hoops recruit glance: Abu Kigab

Who’s next?

Canadian forward Abu Kigab

Why he’s a fit at Illinois

Out of California’s Prolific Prep via Ontario, the 6-foot-7 Kigab fits the mold of what the Illini coaching staff is looking for — higher-level athleticism on the wing.

2016 NBA draft comparison

B-H's Tidwell changes his view

BISMARCK — Gary Tidwell admits that he argued with officials a bit too much during his time coaching at Danville and Schlarman. Of course, he didn’t realize it then.

“I think that’s kind of the way we’re programmed,” Tidwell said. “We see it on TV from the top-down, and it just kind of goes with the territory.”

PODCAST: SportsTalk 07-20-16

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Steve Kelly and Matt Daniels host the Wednesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with J. Leman.


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July 21 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

When is Big Ten football's media days? What will Lovie Smith and the three Illini who are going with the new Illinois coach to Chicago have to say? What is the latest with Jordan Goodwin? Will Kipper Nichols play this season for the Illini? How will the area high school football scene fare? Any topic is welcome as sports editor Matt Daniels takes your questions at 3 p.m.

Praise rolls in for Jones' appointment

When Nick Anderson (left) suited up for the Flyin' Illini in the late '80s, the percentage of African-American students was roughly 4.8 perc

Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 15, Ole Miss

Coach: Hugh Freeze

2015 record: 10-3

Projected 2016 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Sept. 17 vs. Alabama

Bowl trip: TaxSlayer

Top 50 Illini Football Players of 2016: No. 15, Mikey Dudek

No. 15: Mikey Dudek, WR