TOTM Tailgreat

Tailgreat attendees crowd the area of what is now Grange Grove before a September 1983 Illini football game at Memorial Stadium.

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Two Illinois-football-related dates to remember:

— On Sept. 21: Tailgreat, so popular during the 1980s, returns to Memorial Stadium when Nebraska visits. Soon-to-be-announced celebrity judges will determine awards for Best Barbecue and Most Creative Tailgate. The timing is good in that it’s Hall of Fame weekend.

— On Nov. 9: Lovie Smith’s team will have musical backing for its trip to Michigan State, where the Marching Illini will enjoy their annual road gig. The band’s popularity continues to soar, with a record number of students auditioning for the 375-member outfit.


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