Preseason All-American Garrett Acton talks to Scott Beatty about the start of practice ahead of the 2020 season and his choice to return for his senior season. Then Illini head coach Dan Hartleb shares how last year's finish fuels this season and about the abundance of new faces on this roster.

In Chapter 3 of our monthlong series, we asked those in the know to gaze into their crystal balls and tell us what big changes they wouldn’t be shocked to see in their field by the end of the decade of the 2020s.

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Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 61-year-old News-Gazette Media radio personality who is retiring on Tuesday about his love of sports and music, and broadcasting both.

Tim Ditman is the new Illinois volleyball radio play-by-play announcer, Mike Koon will handle play-by-play radio duties for Illinois women's basketball and Scott Beatty will fill the same role for Illinois baseball radio broadcasts.

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.

Illini baseball great Doug Mills will soon have a new trophy to add to his cabinet: The 79-year-old recorded his first hole-in-one last Tuesday, acing No. 3 at the Champaign Country Club.

'We want more people who have tickets to come into the stadium and stay longer,' said senior associate athletic director Marty Kaufmann. Part of the projected six-figure revenue increase will go toward more security, even though alcohol-related incidents are expected to decrease.

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron W 42 - 3
Sep. 7 at UConn W 31 - 23
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan L 31- 34
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska L 38 - 42
Oct. 5 at Minnesot L 17 - 40
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan L 25 - 42
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin W 24 - 23
Oct. 26 at Purdue W 24 - 6
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers W 38 - 10
Nov. 9 at Michigan State W 37 - 34
Nov. 23 at Iowa L 10 - 19
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern L 10 - 29

Basketball Schedule

Nov. 1 Illinois vs. Lewis W 83 - 50
Nov. 5 Illinois vs. Nicholls State W 78 - 70
Nov. 8 Illinois vs Grand Canyon W 83 - 71
Nov. 10 Illinois vs. Arizona L 69 - 90
Nov. 18 Illinois vs. Hawaii W 66 - 53
Nov. 20 Illinois vs. The Citadel W 85 - 57
Nov. 26 Illinois vs. Lindenwood W 117 - 65
Dec. 2 Illinois vs. Miami L 79 - 81
Dec. 7 Illinois vs. Maryland
Dec. 12 Illinois vs. Michigan
Dec. 14 Illinois vs. Old Dominion
Dec. 21 Illinois vs. Missouri
Dec. 29 Illinois vs. North Carolina A/T
Jan. 2 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Jan. 5 Illinois vs. Purdue
Jan. 8 Illinois vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 11 Illinois vs. Rutgers
Jan. 18 Illinois vs. Northwestern
Jan. 21 Illinois vs.Purdue
Jan. 25 Illinois vs. Michigan
Jan. 30 Illinois vs. Minnesota
Feb. 2 Illinois vs.Iowa
Feb. 7 Illinois vs.Maryland
Feb. 11 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Feb. 15 Illinois vs. Rutgers
Feb. 18 Illinois vs. Penn State
Feb. 24 Illinois vs. Nebraska
Feb. 27 Illinois vs. Northwestern
Mar. 1 Illinois vs. Indiana
Mar. 5 Illinois vs. Ohio State
Mar. 8 Illinois vs. Iowa