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Chance the Rapper thanks "legend" Lovie Smith

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.

Michigan paces 51 Big Ten players invited to 2017 NFL Combine

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.

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

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).

ICYMI: Fun moments from 2017 National Signing Day

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' 10 in-state players marks most since 2008

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.