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Illinois tops Minnesota for first Big Ten home win under Beckman

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois coach Tim Beckman reported for what heretofore had been unpleasant duty: meeting the media after a Big Ten home game. Only this time, he was soaking wet. Not ‘‘all wet’’ in the pejorative sense, but soaking wet. His Illini visor and warmup …

 

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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile

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After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

 
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Michigan State adds to payback for Michigan’s ‘little brother’ barb

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Against any other opponent, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio might have called for his quarterback to take a few knees and run out the clock. But Michigan isn’t just any opponent. And since 2007, simply beating Michigan hasn’t been good enough for Dantonio and the …

‘Gray Ghost’ uniforms give Illinois a spark

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ ‘‘Gray Ghost’’ alternate uniforms — honoring the 90th anniversary of Red Grange’s six-touchdown performance in the 1924 homecoming game — were immensely popular among the players.

One wouldn’t think a cool new uniform could have a lasting effect on a game, but …

What’s up with ... Thomas Rooks: His run lives forever in Illini lore

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Taylor Rooks knew her father played football at Illinois but she had no idea that his game-winning run against Ohio State was forever burned into the memories of Illini fans until she enrolled herself. “I didn’t realize he was that cool or that good until …

Illinois’ run defense faces tall order vs. Minnesota’s Cobb

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The 10 things I’ll be looking for in Week 9 action Saturday: 1. Illinois doesn’t merely struggle to stop the run; coach  Tim Beckman’s team is historically bad at it. The Illini are at the bottom of the Big Ten in too many defensive categories …

Suspended CB KeiVarae Russell writes DaVaris Daniels ‘likely’ to join him at Notre Dame in 2015

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Suspended cornerback KeiVarae Russell has indicated he’d like to return to the Notre Dame football team for 2015.

And Thursday, he wrote on Instagram that wide receiver DaVaris Daniels “likely” has similar plans.

“Pleased to hear that he is now likely to return to Notre …

Don’t overlook Ohio State in Big Ten title chase

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Ohio State is 29-3 overall — and 18-0 in Big Ten regular-season play — since Urban Meyer boarded the ship and took the controls in Columbus. Just think about that the next time you find yourself assuming the 2014 conference championship is Michigan State’s to …

4-star linebacker Tevon Coney orally commits to Notre Dame

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Notre Dame added another top-notch linebacker to its Class of 2015.

Tevon Coney, a four-star recruit from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School, orally committed to play for the Irish Thursday.

The 6-foot, 221-pound inside linebacker is ranked No. 11 nationally at his position in …

Kirby Wilson keeps an eye on Illini coaching situation

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STEVE GREENBERG: Is the end nigh for Illinois football coach Tim Beckman? We’ll know better after the homecoming game Saturday against Minnesota in Champaign.

Brian VanGorder proud of way Notre Dame ‘D’ played vs. Florida State

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Brian VanGorder wasn’t sure how his defense would hold up in the hostile environment Saturday. Notre Dame was facing its first true road test of the season, and it was going against a No. 2 Florida State team that featured the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner …

3 other coaching candidates for Illinois football to consider

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Three to watch Coaches other than Kirby Wilson who should be prominent on Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas’ radar: 1. Pat Narduzzi. Michigan State’s star defensive coordinator was on Mark Dantonio’s staff at Cincinnati when Thomas was the AD there. Narduzzi wanted the head job …

North Central-Wheaton football should be great bell game

That the game Saturday night between North Central (5-1, 3-0) and host Wheaton (6-0, 3-0) is important in the CCIW football race is almost a given. Since 2000, Wheaton has won or shared six CCIW championships, most recently a three-way tie with North Central and …

Doing what’s right isn’t on Mark Emmert’s NCAA agenda

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I’d been waiting for some time to talk with NCAA president Mark Emmert in person. The chance came Monday after he’d given a speech at the City Club of Chicago in front of interested businessmen and others who enjoy some entertainment on their first day …

North Carolina academic fraud involved about 1,500 athletes over two decades — report

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More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a “shadow curriculum” that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina.

Notre Dame sets ACC schedule through 2025

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Notre Dame’s next crack against Florida State – barring a postseason clash – will come in 2018.

Beating Michigan won’t help MSU, OSU in playoff race

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Michigan stinks. There’s no need for some sort of elaborate preamble to set up that characterization. That’s how anyone who’s moderately attuned to college football would describe the Wolverines. Gone are the days of Lloyd Carr, when Michigan was a national power and rivalry games …