Our longtime college football writer will be attending next week's Big Ten media days. Ask him what kind of questions Illinois coach Tim Beckman will get during his interview sessions. And ask him about new graduate assistant coach Reilly O'Toole.
Based on last week's chat, it seems like interest is ramping up again for Illinois volleyball ... Kevin Hambly's squad certainly dominated the conversation. So Scott Richey will be back at it again at 2 p.m. Tuesday, tackling any Illini volleyball questions you might have. Women's basketball and baseball are always good topics. Illini soccer, too. The same "rules" apply per usual.
University of Illinois trustees today are expected to sign off on amendments to three UI head coaches' contracts. In addition to more years for wrestling's Jim Heffernan and more money for gymnastics' Kim Landrus and Justin Spring, all three deals include provisions for "90 percent of the net profit of any camps and clinics" operated by the UI.
No. 17: Georgia Tech
COACH: Paul Johnson
2014 RECORD: 11-3
PROJECTED 2015 RECORD: 10-3
CIRCLE THE DATE: Oct. 10 at Clemson
ROSSBURG, Ohio — Christopher Bell won the Mud Summer Classic on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway in his third career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The 20-year-old Norman, Okla., dirt racer held off 18-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood by 0.761 second in a green-white-checker finish in NASCAR’s lone dirt race in its top three series.
LONG GROVE — Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small finished strong Wednesday at the 66th Illinois Open, carding a 4-under-par final round to finish tied for sixth at 4 under.
Small was tied for 14th at even par after two rounds but wound up the top area finisher at Royal Melbourne Country Club. He finished 12 strokes behind winner David Cooke, an amateur from Lisle.
VIDNOE, Russia — Team USA posted its second consecutive rout in the FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship on Wednesday and didn’t bother with a slow start this time around. The U.S. led 28-4 after one quarter before knocking off Argentina 89-39 in the Round of 16.