Smith: 'Need to go on the road and win'

Hear from Illinois coach Lovie Smith in advance of Friday's game at South Florida, which, as of Monday afternoon, was still scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff in Tampa.

Illini land 2018 Texas quarterback

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois hasn’t been shy about addressing its quarterback situation of the future. After landing their first 2018 commitment from Peoria High’s Coran Taylor, the Illini have added two more in the last two weeks to bring their total commitments in the class to 15.

N-G Volleyball Top 10: Central new No. 1

An eventful week caused a shakeup in our weekly rankings. More from sports editor Matt Daniels:

1. Champaign Central, 14-5: Are the Maroons — who host Peoria Richwoods on Tuesday night — a bit streaky? Yes. Are they also the area's hottest team after winning Mahomet-Seymour's 16-team Bulldog Invitational? Absolutely.

Defense's potential showing

CHAMPAIGN — The pass floated in the air in front of him. Tantalizingly so.

One thought raced through Julian Jones' head:

"Just don't drop the ball."

And he didn't. Instead, the Illinois linebacker snatched Mike White's errant throw and raced toward the end zone.

Weekly Planner: Illini soccer begins Big Ten play


Cardinals at Cubs,1:20 p.m., Friday

Marching Illini director: Not all band members support 'war chant'

In his first extended interview since it was made public two weeks ago that the "war chant" will no longer be played at Fighting Illini sporting events, the director of the Marching Illini is weighing in on the issue. Barry Houser said that while he supports the decision, he understands why people are upset and angry.

UPDATED: Irma may move Illini football's Week 3 game to Champaign

New Sunday:

University of Illinois athletics spokesman Kent Brown said Sunday that a decision on the South Florida game is not expected until Monday at the earliest.

A South Florida athletics spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the school's athletic director Mark Harlan tweeted about the situation on Sunday morning.

Sept. 10 Asmussen Top 25

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of The Associated Press Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:



1. Alabama   1

2. Southern Cal   2

3. Oklahoma   4

4. Clemson   5

5. Michigan   6

6. Penn State   7

7. Washington   8

8. Wisconsin   9

'I feel like that's a good fit'

Danville senior guard Kendle Moore, The News-Gazette boys' basketball Player of the Year in 2017, committedto Drake last Sunday after receiving offers from several Division I schools, including Illinois State and Loyola. 

Tate: Big man ready for his biggest challenge yet at U.S. Open

Randy Johnson, a 6-foot-10 menace, was the scariest lefty of all time. Coming mostly sidearm, he topped out at 102 mph in fanning a southpaw record of 4,875 major league batters.