Fresh off three wins at the Grammys, Chance the Rapper received congratulations on Twitter from Illini head football coach Lovie Smith. Then the Chicago-based musician responded with kind words of his own.
The NFL released names of the players invited to the 2017 Combine, to be held February 28-March 6 in Indianapolis. And the Big Ten is well represented with 51 players invited. Michigan leads the way with 14 invitees.
Illinois is in search of stability, and Lovie Smith may be moving closer to that desired goal as he enters his second season in Champaign. The former Super Bowl coach experienced a debut that had its share of ups and downs en route to a 3-9 finish (2-7 Big Ten).
We offer up a team of departing Big Ten football players on both offense and defense with lots of video highlights. Who will step up to fill their shoes? Spring football is not too far away.
The latest bracket projections are out from the national experts. How does the Big Ten shape up this week?
We had 247Sports.com national writer Kevin Ryan answer some followup National Signing Day questions for BTN.com, and he broke down the Big Ten's recruiting class.
Well, it's over. National Signing Day came and went Wednesday, and there was no shortage of fun moments. Inside, we highlight some of our favorite moments from the day, plus other fun nuggets about the newest Big Ten talents.
Illinois coach Lovie Smith signed 10 in-state players in his 23-man recruiting class Wednesday, the most from the Land of Lincoln since 2008. For fans who have watched some of the best homegrown talent migrate to other Big Ten schools, that is a victory in itself.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart offers up his National Signing Day notebook.
Leading up to eight hours of live National Singing Day coverage on BTN?BTn2Go starting at 9 a.m. ET Wed., Feb. 1, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart looked for answer to this question: Why does anyone use the fax machine?