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Since the end of the Great War, The News-Gazette reported 100 years ago this week, University of Illinois Athletic Director George Huff had been thinking of building a giant stadium — bigger than the Colosseum in Rome — “as a memorial to the boys.”

Dr. Jacob Kinzer Shell, a man instrumental in the founding of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and the University of Illinois’ fourth athletic director, was born on this date in 1862 in Harrisburg, Pa.

Spring practices are (hopefully) around the corner. College football writer Bob Asmussen breaks down Kevin Warren’s favorite league:

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore (Third Edition now available in stores). Get more Illini birthdays, trivia and historical tidbits daily on Twitter @IlliniLegends and @B1GLLL. His website is www.SportsLLL.com.