Two more evaluation periods are still on tap this month, but this past week featured some of the best rising talent in the country. Here are five in-state recruits the Illini are targeting — and how they fared, courtesy Sports Editor Matt Daniels.

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Two more evaluation periods are still on tap this month, but this past week featured some of the best rising talent in the country. Here are five in-state recruits the Illini are targeting — and how they fared, courtesy Sports Editor Matt Daniels.

When folks hear about the Amateur Athletic Union — much more commonly referred to as the AAU — their collective mind often wanders to basketball. But there’s more this association offers for summer activities, including the upcoming AAU Junior Olympic Games.

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

Though Schlarman has been part of a football cooperative with Hoopeston Area and Armstrong-Potomac the last six seasons, the Hilltoppers have solo history to look back on — namely state championships in 1980 and 1981. Matt Blurton gets to head a revival of Schlarman football, as an 8-man gro…

With women dominating the world sports stage lately — from the World Cup pitch to center court at Wimbledon — we asked female sports figures with inspiring stories of their own: Who’d you idolize when you were growing up?

Three years removed from his final season in an Illini uniform, the former quarterback moved to the area in June after relocating for his job. 

Perhaps no one in Centennial’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020, which was announced Monday, has a more interesting career path than Jacob Bushue. The 2010 alum has competed for three Finnish pro soccer clubs — all as team captain — and presently takes the pitch for FC Haka in Finland’s second division, Ykkonen. He offered some thoughts on his employment and Hall of Fame nod:

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

The man who coached longer at the University of Illinois than any other person died 57 years ago today at the age of 75. Ed Manley, a native St. Louisan, directed Illini men’s swimming and diving for 37 years after being hired by George Huff in 1912.

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen chatted with former Illini tight end Tyler White. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native played from 2013-16 after signing with Tim Beckman. A part-time starter, White caught three touchdown passes during his Illinois career. He earned a degree from Illinois in technical systems management, then went to work as director of business development and membership at Urbana Country Club. He is also currently working on his MBA.

Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Happy birthday to Urban Meyer, who turned 55 last Wednesday. Here are the likely destinations for the “retired” coach. We know the next stop already: Meyer will be part of the studio show for Fox college football this season: