SportsTalk 10-17-14

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Brian delivers the latest in sports news, discusses yesterday's Big Ten Basketball Media Day, talks baseball with Rob Neyer of, and checks in with Scott Beatty, at Hicks Field in Tolono for tonight's SJO-Unity match-up.


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McClain's funeral Wednesday in Champaign

The funeral for Champaign Central boys' basketball coach and former Illini assistant Wayne McClain will be Wednesday at the Fluid Events Center at 601 N. Country Fair Drive in Champaign. Bishop Lloyd E. Gwin will officiate.

HS Football: Unity vs. SJ-O

Unity vs. St. Joseph-Ogden during their prep football game at Unity high school in Tolono on Friday, October 17 2014.

Dear Jameis, it's time to grow up

He has been a star in two sports: baseball and football. He has won the Heisman Trophy. He grew up in Bessemer, Ala. He has signed plenty of autographs. And he has had his share of controversy.

No, not Florida State's Jameis Winston. I'm talking about former Auburn star Bo Jackson.

Jimmy Collins on Bruce Pearl: 'I will never like him'

During a long talk with former Illinois assistant coach Jimmy Collins, we had to ask: Are you rooting against Auburn this season?

Unity-St. Joe renewal bringing the buzz

Tonight's rivalry renewal between St. Joseph-Ogden and Unity has more than just the football players fired up. The fans are buzzing, too, about the teams' first regular season meeting since 2006. We asked St. Joseph Mayor B.J. Hackler and Philo Village President Larry Franks to tell us what makes their high schoolers in shoulder pads so special:

Tidbits from women's basketball's Big Ten Media Day

Coaches’ Rankings
1. Maryland
2. Michigan State
3. Iowa
Coaches’ All-Big Ten Team
Samantha Logic, Sr., G, Iowa
Aerial Powers, So., G, Michigan State
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, Minnesota
Rachel Theriot, Jr., G, Nebraska
Nia Coffer, So., F, Northwestern
Coaches’ Preseason POY
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, Minnesota

Rayfield tinkers with lineup

CHAMPAIGN — Taylore Peterson’s season-ending knee injury in the week leading up to the season opener against Notre Dame was just the first of many to come for the Illinois soccer team.

By the time the final whistle blew in Sunday’s 2-1 double-overtime loss to Minnesota, the Illini’s injured list had grown to seven.

Big Ten Football: No Illini in Week 8

Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:

STM's Wallen climbs state charts

CHAMPAIGN — There’s a word to  describe what Lexi Wallen does best in volleyball: kill.

In everyday society, it’s a term that causes mothers to shudder and projects an immediately negative image.

Years ago, volleyball coaches tried a different approach to reference the termination of a play in volleyball and make it sound less gruesome: spike.