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Exactly 143 years ago Sunday — Oct. 2, 1879 — as an extension of an oratorical competition between Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) and Illinois College, the two institutions faced off on the baseball diamond for what history reveals was the university’s very first int…

From top athletes to top interviewees and everything in between, The News-Gazette sports staff takes a look back at the school year that was for Illinois athletics

Caleb Griffin, a former four-sport Danville High School star and a current kicker on the Illinois football team, is a constant presence at high school, college and pro sporting events