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Harbaugh, Saban among most overrated

A poll done by CBS Sports featured some big names as the most overrated head coaches in FBS, led by Jim Harbaugh. Lovie Smith, Nick Saban and one of his old offensive coordinators rounded out the list.


Another rebuilding year expected for Illinois

Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart joins Bernie Miklasz to give an outlook for head coach Lovie Smith and explains why he does not see the University of Illinois making much headway this season.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten media days kick off at 12:15 ET today. Coaches to speak include Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Lovie Smith, Tom Allen, Kirk Ferentz, D.J. Durkin and Paul Chryst.

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27dDan Murphy

Five storylines to watch at Big Ten media days

Ohio State is the big favorite to win the Big Ten (pause for Penn State fans to smack their heads) and that's just one of many topics to be covered.

Allegretti named to Rimington Award watch list

Illinois C Nick Allegretti was one of eight Big Ten players named to the Rimington Award watch list. The award honors the nation's top center.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 tight end Luke Ford says he is visiting Texas this weekend and will then travel to Michigan the weekend after that. Illinois will also get a visit from the No. 93 ranked prospect in the 2018 class after he gets back from his Michigan trip.

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44dPhil Steele

Which college football conference is No. 1 for 2017?

After a (sort of) down year, the SEC is loaded again in 2017. But the ACC and Big Ten are right there. So which league enters 2017 as the deepest in the country?


Illini plan performance center, not stadium tweaks

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Illinois player Simon Cvijanovic feels validated that his 2015 Twitter rant against former coach Tim Beckman was not in vain. It led to an investigation, Beckman's ouster and, this week, a $250,000 settlement from the university.

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80dAdam Rittenberg

Cvijanovic hopes Illini settlement spurs others

Simon Cvijanovic is hoping his injury settlement with Illinois will inspire other athletes to follow suit, and he wants to help them do that.

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82dAdam Rittenberg

Illini to pay Cvijanovic $250K in settlement

The University of Illinois will pay former football player Simon Cvijanovic $250,000 in a settlement to compensate for injuries and medical expenses he sustained while playing under former coach Tim Beckman.

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87dDan Murphy

Illini dismiss 3 players arrested for burglary

Illinois coach Lovie Smith has dismissed Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard Watkins Jr. from the team after the players were charged with burglary and robbery.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Illinois coach Lovie Smith on the three players arrested today: Darta Lee and Zarrian Holcombe were already suspended from team activities for violations of team rules, and will remain suspended. Howard Watkins has been suspended indefinitely from team activities. These allegations, if true, fail to live up to the standards we expect of our student-athletes. We continue to gather information and will take appropriate steps based upon what we learn.

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102dAdam Rittenberg

Illini trio arrested on armed robbery charges

Illinois football players Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard "HoJo" Watkins were arrested on armed robbery charges for an alleged incident at a dorm.

ESPN staff  

Former Dallas Cowboys LB Dat Nguyen and Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene headline the 2017 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Also, Illinois coach Lovie Smith and former Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal will be honored Saturday at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr. is signing with the Bengals. Son of former Bucs great Hardy Nickerson. Reports of him signing with the Rams are false.

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Illinois athletic department lost $6.2M in 2016

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

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