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CHARLESTON — Tom Michael had to choke back emotions as he formally accepted his new position as athletic director at Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday at the Baker/Warmoth Hall of Champions at Lantz Arena.


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Somebody called me a “know-it-all.” Actually, the opposite is true.I don’t know enough. Doubts and unanswered questions carom through my brain like an off-track locomotive. Mostly without resolution.Here are a few.


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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football players and coaches woke up Tuesday morning to devastating news.Former Illini offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died Monday night during a work-out at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., the school announced Tuesday afternoon.


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GLENVIEW — Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small watched Alex Burge move up the leaderboard Monday at the 65th Illinois Open.Burge, one of Small’s players, was 1 stroke out of the lead after the first round at The Glen Club.On Tuesday, Small was one of the biggest movers, carding a 6-under-par 66 to vault from 88th to a tie for ninth at 143.


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Not everyone plays. That's the harsh reality in college football.  Any college sport, really.  Kids who dominated entire conferences in high school are suddenly fighting with 14 other high school s...


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Brian Moline delivers the latest in sports headlines, chats Cubs/Cards with Rob Neyer (FoxSports.com), then talks with author/public speaker Joe Alexander about his speech to U of I campers, and his upcoming book on former Illini Gene Vance.


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Former University of Illinois player Shawn Afryl, 22, died Monday evening during a workout with teammates at Winona State University in Minnesota. Afryl, a Skokie native and graduate of Niles West, died at the Winona State football stadium, according to a release from the school.


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Coming off the great popularity of the World Cup, one person took the time to design a couple soccer uniforms for every Big Ten school. See Kevin Ives' design ideas in this post.


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Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died Monday night in Winona, Minn., after going through a workout with some Winona State football players, Winona State officials said on Tuesday.Afryl recently transferred to Winona State this summer and was planning on playing this fall with the Warriors, a Division II school.


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Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE CHICAGO – BTN and BTN2Go will provide more than five hours of live coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days, beginning at 10:30 a.m ET Monday. Coverage includes the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head football


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Former University of Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl, 22, passed away Monday. The Skokie, Illinois, native and Niles West High School graduate played in one game for the Fighting Illini during his three years on the team. "All of us in the


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Former University of Illinois wrester Alex Tirapelle has been hired as the head wrestling coach at the University of Pennsylvania, the school announced Monday.


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Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl has died.Illinois football fans woke up to that news Tuesday morning after several Illinois players took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to express their remorse about Afryl.


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Former University of Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl, 22, passed away Monday. Many current and former Illini expressed their condolences on social media.


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Illini Basketball: Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread - IllinoisLoyalty.com


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Illini Football: Former Illini Shawn Afryl passes away - IllinoisLoyalty.com


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Illini Basketball: Christian David (2017 G) with an Illinois offer - IllinoisLoyalty.com


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Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl has died.Illinois football fans woke up to that news Tuesday morning after several Illinois players took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to express their remorse about Afryl.


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Counting down the 50 most important Illini.


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Bob Asmussen offers up his Top 50 college football teams for the season.No. 19: ClemsonCoach: Dabo Swinney    2013 record: 11-2Projected 2014 record: 9-3Circle the date: Nov. 29 vs. Souther Carolina


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The cruel irony of EA Sports ending its popular NCAA video game in the wake of litigation over players' likenesses? Current players say they just want the game back.


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Let me get this right: A man who wants to love another man is worse than a man who pays for and revels in killing a bunch of dogs for sport.


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PHILADELPHIA — Two-time All-America wrestler Alex Tirapelle, a former Illini, was named the head wrestling coach Monday at the University of Pennsylvania.


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