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Coaches who were hired at the same time as Lovie Smith - Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech, Matt Campbell at Iowa State, Dino Babers at Syracuse, Bronco Mendenhall at Virginia, Kirby Smart at Georgia and Will Muschamp at South Carolina - have all been hits at their new schools.

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.

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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 Illinois men’s basketball team is Italy bound in less than two weeks. The Illini will split their 10-day trip among three different Italian cities, arriving in Milan the morning of Aug. 5 before traveling to Florence and Rome.

The inaugural NCAA Basketball Academy will begin in earnest Tuesday morning as hundreds of talented basketball players descend on Champaign-Urbana for camp activities and showcases from Tuesday to Sunday.

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 middle of July is too early in Kipper Nichols’ estimation to talk expectations, but the Cleveland native makes clear any expectation he sets for himself for the 2019-20 season will be higher than anyone else’s.

Monday marks the start of the $25,000 Neitzel Family Open — an International Tennis Federation event — at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, running through July 28. Illinois men’s coach Brad Dancer discusses what’s on tap.

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.

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron, 11am
Sep. 7 at UConn, 2;30pm
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan, 11am
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska, TBA
Oct. 5 at Minnesota, 2:30pm or 3pm
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan, TBA
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin, 11am
Oct. 26 at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers, TBA
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, TBA
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA