HS Football: SJO vs. Monticello

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Monticello in a prep football game at SJO high school in St. Joseph  on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Daniels' pick: Nebraska 45, UI 22

Illinois football beat writer Matt Daniels, outside Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon from Lincoln, Neb., thinks Ameer Abdullah is too much for the Illini to overcome on Saturday night.

Updated: Huge boost for UI wheelchair program

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois has been designated an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site, the United States Olympic Committee announced Friday.

Illini Scrapbook: JFK delay in '63

President's assassination put the Illini's football game at Michigan State on hold  - but didn't keep Dick Butkus and Co. from reaching the Rose Bowl.

Midfielders positioned well for success

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois controlled possession Sunday in its 3-0 win against Purdue, limiting the Boilermakers’ chances and ultimately providing the opportunities Jannelle Flaws turned into her late hat trick.

Rocky road: Thoughts on Illinois' Big Ten woes

In its last 22 Big Ten games, Illinois has lost 21 times. What has caused the Illini to plummet so far? Here’s what three national experts had to say, courtesy staff writer Matt Daniels:

Chuck Long, BTN

Volleyball team welcomes new league members

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois finished the nonconference portion of its schedule 8-3, with three tournament titles, a win against then-No. 20 North Carolina — the Tar Heels have since moved to 12th in the nation — and a near upset against now-top-ranked Stanford.

Former STM coach dishes on departure

LAWRENCEVILLE — Chris Mennig is back in the business of coaching basketball.

Less than six months after he was dismissed as head coach of the state champion St. Thomas More girls’ basketball program, Mennig was hired by the Lawrenceville Board of Education on Wednesday to fill an assistant’s position on the staff of first-year girls’ basketball coach Chelsea Buher.

Westerkamps have mixed emotions

Jordan Westerkamp admits it. Without much prompting. Saturday is not just another game.

The star Nebraska receiver will see plenty of familiar faces in Lincoln. Coaches who recruited him. Players he went against in high school.

Reinhart's winding road leading to big win

TUSCOLA — The way Rick Reinhart saw it, he had two choices.

“When I was a junior in high school, I thought I would coach football or farm,” Reinhart said.

It didn’t take long before he realized there was really only one option.

“We didn’t have enough farmland (about 300 acres), so that left coaching,” said Reinhart, who has one brother and one sister.