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  1. Illini name Wes Lunt starting QB

    Brian Bennett

    In what has to be one of the least surprising resolutions ever to a quarterback competition, Illinois has named Wes Lunt as its starter for the 2014 season opener against Youngstown State next Saturday. Head coach Tim Beckman made the announcement...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  2. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    Actual college football returns next week. Huzzah. And players are likely celebrating as well, because training camps are winding to a close. Depth charts are also shaping up as well as teams move nearer toward preparing for Week 1. But some key j...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  3. Big Ten Monday mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    I had a good time covering Arch Madness this past weekend. My astute, professional opinion: Wichita State is really, really good. But the hoops moonlighting is over. Back to football -- and more of your emails ... Luke from Lincoln, Neb., write...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  4. Spring preview capsules: West Division

    Brian Bennett

    Let's look at what to expect this spring in the Big Ten's wild, wild West: ILLINOIS Spring start: March 5 Spring game: April 12 What to watch: Toughening up on 'D': The Fighting Illini had one of the nation's worst defenses, especially ...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  5. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    It's a terrible love, and I'm walking with spiders. Loren Tate looks at why Illinois football has struggled over the years. Aaron Bailey is not deterred by the arrival of Wes Lunt. Ten camp questions for the Illini. Linebackers are looking to ...

    Blog | August 05, 2013
  6. Big Ten Monday mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    Sure, Nik Wallenda might be able to tightrope over the Grand Canyon. But can he face the challenge of answering your emails twice per week? Jason L. from Kansas City, Mo., writes: Brian, I would like your opinion on something. In your mind, what a...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  7. Proving ground: Leaders Division

    Brian Bennett

    Welcome back from the holiday weekend. Today, we're going to begin taking a look at several Big Ten players who have a lot to prove in the 2013 season. We'll break this up by division, with the Leaders getting the first close-up. Here are five Lea...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  8. Most indispensable players: Illinois

    Brian Bennett

    Now that spring practice is solidly in the rearview mirror, we're examining the most indispensable players on each Big Ten team for the 2013 season. By indispensable, we don't necessarily mean best. We mean the players who would be hardest to repl...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  9. Spring Q&A: Illinois coach Tim Beckman

    Brian Bennett

    Very little went right for Illinois under first-year coach Tim Beckman last year. After a 2-10 season, the Illini are ready to turn the page and look forward to 2013 when they hit the practice field Tuesday. I recently caught up with Beckman to as...

    Blog | March 04, 2013
  10. Tim Beckman looking for leaders, buzz

    Brian Bennett

    Illinois' 2012 was pretty much a disaster. There's no getting around that, and head coach Tim Beckman doesn't deny it. "Nobody was happy with last year," he told ESPN.com on Friday. "I mean, no one." But spring is a time for optimism, and so th...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  11. Recruiting needs filled: Leaders Division

    Brian Bennett

    The letters have all been signed and the faxes sent in. Signing day is officially over. So how did each Big Ten team do in fulfilling its most pressing needs? Of course, the real answer to that question won't come for another one, two or even thre...

    Blog | February 07, 2013
  12. Breaking down Big Ten recruiting, Part II

    Brian Bennett

    National signing day is next Wednesday. To get you ready for the big day, we checked in with a pair of ESPN.com recruiting experts for their take on how the Big Ten is faring. Senior national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill and Midwest recruiting...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  13. Big East mailblog: Panic time?

    Brian Bennett

    Time for your midweek mailblog. BIGPGM in New Jersey writes: Hey AA, It is obvious that with the changes that have occurred with the Big East, the bigger bowls are not eager to make a tie-in game with the league. It is also obvious that Notre Dame...

    Blog | July 11, 2012
  14. Big East lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Star power coming to the Big East. Interim commissioner Joe Bailey is on the offensive. Too little, too late? UConn has gotten a commitment from an offensive tackle ... from Belgium. Athlon gives a shout out to Louisville center Mario Benavid...

    Blog | July 09, 2012
  15. Bailey unconcerned with access to playoff

    Brian Bennett

    Much of the talk this week has centered on the ACC renewing its partnership with the Orange Bowl and what that means for the Big East. As it stands today, the Big East is the only one of the top tier conferences without a bowl tie-in moving forwar...

    Blog | July 06, 2012
  16. Q&A: Interim commissioner Joe Bailey

    Brian Bennett

    I had a chance to catch up with Big East interim commissioner Joe Bailey on Wednesday to get his thoughts on the future four-team playoff and where the Big East fits into the picture. Here is what he said. How does the future four-team playoff imp...

    Blog | June 27, 2012