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The arrival of Lovie Smith has given Illinois a megadose of hope that better days are ahead after the tumult of the Tim Beckman era. Smith brings instant credibility to the program after being a head coach in the NFL with the Bears and Buccaneers. Smith hasn’t coached in the college game since 1995, but he has built a staff that should soften the transition.
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Many good Big Ten players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. There were 47 of them, to be exact. But many more never heard their name called. In fact, you could make a pretty good team from the undrafted Big Ten players.
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Joel Washington has never let go of his dreams, and he hopes that his artwork inspires others to do the same.
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The NFL draft is a whirlwind for top prospects.
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Forty-seven former Big Ten stars were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, held Thursday-Saturday in Chicago. What about the familiar names who went undrafted?