'We're angry again'

He's got a cool name and an even better game. A year ago. Tymir Oliver was a backup lineman and special teams player. This year, he is a starting defensive tackle and a major contributor to the team's 2-0 start. Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen sat down with the Philadelphia native earlier this week.

Prep highlights: STM volleyball sweeps Mahomet-Seymour

In Volleyball

Danville 2, Peoria Manual 0. The Vikings amassed 21 aces, including six from Jazzmyn Hicks and five more apiece from Kaitlin Loewenstein, Jaliyah Bankhead, and Audrey Hyde. Kelsey Wendell finished with three blocks and three digs as the Vikings won 25-5, 25-10.

Look at him go

CHAMPAIGN — The margin for error is thin each remaining Friday night for Champaign Central's football team.

The Maroons are precariously close to missing out on the playoffs for the second straight year heading into their 7 p.m. kickoff tonight against Centennial at Tommy Stewart Field.

He's coming home

TAMPA, Fla. — Raymond James Stadium has been good to Tre Watson. Very good.

Three games. Three wins for the Tampa native.

The Illinois linebacker won a youth league game on the field and two high school all-star games.

Talking points: South Florida

We asked Tampa Bay Times beat writer Joey Knight for his take on the Bulls going into today's game against Illinois:

What would a win against Illinois mean to the Bulls?

Chicago big man on his way to C-U

The fit

How they line up: Illini at South Florida

Beat writer Bob Asmussen's skinny on his projected starters for Illinois and South Florida:

Illini (2-0)



7 Quarterback Chayce Crouch 6-4 230 Jr.

Beat writer's pick: USF 30, Illinois 17

Tampa escaped the brunt of Hurricane Irma's treacherous path, so Illinois and South Florida will play as scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday at Raymond James Stadium. The Illini showed marked improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, but the challenge intensifies facing the No. 22 Bulls.

Sept. 15 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:30pm

Can Lovie Smith and the Illini win at South Florida? Can Brad Underwood and the Illini get a commitment from George Conditt this weekend? What high school football game should area fans see on Friday night? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.