News you can't leave work without: Former Illini great J Leman has been released by the Oakland Raiders.Leman, who had been on the team's practice squad, was let go along with tight end Kevin Brock. The 26-year-old Champaign Central grad joined the Raiders in August after spending time with several  NFL teams.  

News you can't leave work without: Former Illini great J Leman has been released by the Oakland Raiders.Leman, who had been on the team's practice squad, was let go along with tight end Kevin Brock. The 26-year-old Champaign Central grad joined the Raiders in August after spending time with several  NFL teams.  

News you can't leave work without: There were 15 Division I teams with undefeated records heading into Tuesday's games. At the risk of jinxing the perfect (so far) Illini, here's the list:Tulane 9-0Murray State 9-0Kentucky 8-0Syracuse 8-0Illinois 8-0Indiana 8-0Ohio State 8-0Harvard 8-0Louisville 7-0

News you can't leave work without: With conference plates in a state of flux, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is changing.The Big Ten’s addition of Nebraska makes this the first Challenge with 12 games. And there will have to be further adjustments when basketball powers Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the ACC starting with the 2013-14 season.

News you can't leave work without: The chief administrative officer of the Rose Bowl says if Penn State wins the Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions will be free to play in the top-tier postseason game as far as he’s concerned.

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News you can't leave work without: A season-opening win against Loyola got Bruce Weber's Illini noticed. They received two votes in today's AP Top 25. Still nothing in Klee's Top 25 or the coaches' Top 25, however. The rundown:AP TOP 25

News you can't leave work without: Nebraska, holding off Illinois in the Big Ten volleyball race, will have its star setter back in the lineup.Nebraska's Lauren Cook will return to the No. 2-ranked Cornhuskers after reaching an agreement with prosecutors Tuesday that could wipe a felony traffic charge from her record.

News you can't leave work without: Ron Zook has 10 commitments for the class of 2012 (see list below). The latest to pick the school is Ryan Frain, a kicker from Indianapolis. Illinois is losing senior kicker Derek Dimke.

News you can't leave work without: Nebraska volleyball star Lauren Cook will be held out of Friday and Saturday’s matches against Michigan and Michigan State after being arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident last weekend.The Cornhuskers lead Illinois by one game in the Big Ten standings.

News you can't leave work without: Illinois' Janet Rayfield was named women's soccer Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading her team to second place. The Illini are 14-4-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the Big Ten heading into this week's conference tournament in Evanston.The Illini are ranked No. 20 with an RPI rating of No. 32.

News you can't leave work without: Nebraska star volleyball player Lauren Cook was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and ticketed for driving under suspension after a motorcyclist broke a leg.Nebraska leads Illinois by one game atop the Big Ten standings.

News you can't leave work without: You know HQ's Paul Klee is a voter for the AP Top 25 men's basketball poll. Here's the entire list:

News you can't leave work without: On Thursday in Chicago, the Big Ten will announce its preseason men's basketball all-conference team. Here is what beat writer Paul Klee's ballot looked like:

News you can't leave work without: The postgame handshake is a part of football, both in college and the NFL.Sometimes, it doesn’t go all that well, like at the end of Sunday’s Lions-49ers game. First-year 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh got a bit too enthusiastic for Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who chased him off the field.

News you can't leave work without: Illinois goalkeeper Steph Panozzo has been named Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten.The junior stretched her shutout streak to four matches with 1-0 win against Minnesota and Wisconsin last weekend.

News you can't leave work without: Backup cornerback Dominic Clarke won’t travel with Ohio State to its game at No. 16 Illinois after being arrested for disorderly conduct for allegedly discharging a BB gun on campus. Ohio State Deputy Chief of Police Richard Morman said Thursday that no one was hurt in the shootings about 9 p.m.

News you can't leave work without: At 15-0, Kevin Hambly's No. 1 Illini are the last remaining undefeated team in Division I volleyball. Staff writer JEFF HUTH looks at some other strong starts in Illini history:2002-03 men's tennis

News you can't leave work without: A University of Missouri official says the school hopes to join the SEC but would have preferred an offer from the Big Ten.The person, who is familiar with the discussions involving conference affiliation, spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school has not commented publicly about its intentions.

News you can't leave work without: Fred Wakefield, a 1996 Tuscola High School graduate who played football at the University of Illinois and in the NFL, will serve as Grand Marshall of the Warriors’ homecoming parade Friday. It will begin at 2:45 p.m., followed by an alumni reception at 4 p.m.

News you can't leave work without: The importance of players recruiting players is probably underappreciated.Take Michael Orris, for example. After committing to Illinois, one of the first things he talked about was his  bond with the current Illini. Specifically, Meyers Leonard.

News you can't leave work without: Illinois hasn't beaten a Top 25 nonconference opponent since a 34-10 victory against Louisville on Sept. 22, 2001, a drought that can end Saturday. That got us thinking ... what other streaks are out there that might be affected by tonight's outcome:Last home sellout

News you can't leave work without:Jolette Law's Illini tip off the 2011-12 season with a home game against South Carolina on Nov. 11. The Illini open the Big Ten season with a home game against Michigan on Dec. 30.Nebraska visits Jan. 29.

Staff writer Bob Asmussen spent Tuesday talking to the Illinois players and coaches. Here's what he learned:HEALTHY RETURNS

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