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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.

Kroner's football tour '14: Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — Steven Lee started his high school football career as a lineman.

He understood the reasons.

“I was always one of the biggest, strongest and fastest,” Lee said.

He was somewhat of a reluctant lineman.

“In my head, I imagined myself as a receiver,” Lee said. “My dream wasn’t to be a lineman.”

Ex-Charger snaps up attention

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Martin knows all the words to all the school songs at Illinois.

Has a wardrobe full of Illinois gear. Could probably recite key moments — and obscure ones — of Illinois football history.

And this was all before he took part in a practice for Illinois.

Kroner's Week 1 storylines: G-RF's new look

A true first game

Nathan West has had first games before. There was the first football game he played as well as the first football game he coached.

At 7 p.m. Friday, he can add another first to his list.

West will make his debut as head coach when his Georgetown-Ridge Farm football team hosts Warrensburg-Latham.