Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

10 questions for ... Tony McGee

The former Michigan tight end and 12-year NFL veteran will call Saturday's Illinois State-Illinois game for the Big Ten Network. Living in Orlando, Fla., the Academic All-Big Ten choice (1992) still hears a lot out Ron Zook. Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up with the 38-year-old McGee on his way to Champaign to discus the heat on Zook, his take on Michigan and the Big Ten's reputation.

Jim Rossow's Big Ten football report

Sports editor Jim Rossow's weekly look around the Big Ten:

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(Contest) news you can't leave work without:

We;ve got four tickets to give away, a Redbird to whack and a statue to erect.

Win Illinois State tickets

We're giving them away to Saturday's Illinois-Illinois State game. If you don't mind missing the USC-Ohio State game, sign up.

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News you can't leave work without:

For all today's bad news (Mike Leshoure, Joseph Bertrand), how about some good news: The Red Grange statue is up outside Memorial Stadium.

Rossow on the Big Ten: Freshman QBs good, Illinois not so much

Looking bad: Illinois. For the first time since the beginning of the Ron Turner era, the Illini have lost three consecutive season openers. The road trip to Indiana and Purdue can't get here soon enough (although Purdue and Indiana probably are thinking 'Illinois can't get here soon enough.').

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News you can't leave work without:

Illinois' 38-31 win against East Carolina in 1991 makes the cut as the Big Ten Network unveils 24 more football "classics."


How Asmussen voted

College football beat writer Bob Asmussen listed Illinois at No. 21 in his preseason poll he submitted to the AP.

Chester Frazier makes it official

Former Illinois guard Chester Frazier told HQ he was heading overseas to pursue a professional basketball career.

Mikel Leshoure coming on strong

Former  Centennial star Mikel Leshoure's progress has well documented during Camp Rantoul.

On Thursday, the tailback talked about his status to Loren Tate and Steve Kelly.