The savior?

CHAMPAIGN — Rochester doesn’t have a restaurant whose walls are filled with televisions.

If locals want to experience watching a sporting event together — like Saturday’s season opener for Illinois against Youngstown State, featuring Rochester native Wes Lunt starting his first game with the Illini — they tend to go the old-fashioned route.

Preseason Top 10: St. Joseph-Ogden at No. 1

Orion Ciota, SJ-O senior, talks about his team’s preseason No. 1 ranking in the N-G Top 10.

No. 1 is ... St. Joseph-Ogden

We're unveiling our preseason Top 10 area football teams by video (thanks, senior 

SportsTalk 8-28-14

SportsTalk 8-28-14: Play now!

SportsTalk with Brian Moline 8-28-14 - Brian talks to Fred Kroner, with comments from Big Tent football coaches and your TIS College Bookstore Trivia Question.


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Guy Goodlove, Westville, August, 2014

Westville football coach Guy Goodlove looks ahead to the upcoming season.

Chad Musselman, Villa GroveHeritage, August, 2014

Villa Grove/Heritage football coach Chad Musselman looks ahead to the upcoming season.

Mike McDonnell, Centennial, August, 2014

Centennial football coach Mike McDonnell looks ahead to the upcoming season.

Volleyball's 'D' is right on

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois spent the offseason making some wholesale changes to its offense following its fifth Sweet 16 appearance in six seasons. Gone is the high-ball attack. Gone is the 5-1 rotation.

Instead, the Illini are picking up the pace — a lot — and playing in a 6-2 system.

Football ready to unveil new look

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois could wear a different football uniform for every game this season.

And not sport the same look through next season, too.