Best of Illini: No. 16, Rob Bain

No. 16: Rob Bain, DL

Tate: Classroom restrictions can be eased

It’s old news that two head football coaches at Wisconsin — Bret Bielema and Gary Andersen — left in part because of the school’s academic restrictions in accepting borderline athletes.

Harking back to Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin has nevertheless ridden a wave of momentum in sustaining a successful program.

Summer Start: Central set up for future

CHAMPAIGN — As far as roster size goes, Central football is on par this summer with the other two seasons under coach Nate Albaugh.

But when it comes to summer participation? It’s on the rise for the Maroons. Up nearly 25 percent.

Lewis, others see track program grow


Sports Talk 07-23-15

Sports Talk 07-23-15: Play now!

After delivering the latest in sports news, Steve talks baseball with David Schuster (670 The Score), then basketball with former Illini Dee Brown, and finally chats football with former Illini Carey Davis.


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Illini great Bon Salle dies

Illinois basketball great George Bon Salle has died.

He was 80.

July 27 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 11:00am

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.

July 28 UI volleyball, women's basketball and baseball chat

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 2:00pm

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.

Coaches cash in — more or less

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.

Best of teams: No. 17, Georgia Tech

No. 17: Georgia Tech

COACH: Paul Johnson

2014 RECORD: 11-3


CIRCLE THE DATE: Oct. 10 at Clemson