Illinois officially announced Friday that Coastal Carolina’s Sam McLaurin will transfer to Illinois for his final season, and he will be eligible to compete immediately during the 2012-13 season under the NCAA one-time transfer exception. The 6-8, 230-pound forward started all 31 games for the Chanticleers last season, averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 65.2 percent from the field. See his full player stats page here. McLaurin is the second announced transfer for new Illini coach John Groce as he added Rayvonte Rice from Drake earlier this month.
A Big Ten-SEC bowl game? In St. Louis? Maybe, according to this story in STLToday.com. Long story short: This is a LONG shot. A big long shot, as a lot of hurdles would have to be cleared for this to be a reality. But I love any concept that has the nation’s two best leagues meeting.
In the coming weeks, I will take a close look at each Big Ten football team’s schedule, offering insight and analysis on what is ahead for each school. Up first: Illinois.
Several Big Ten teams took to the diamond Tuesday night for some non-conference action. Watch highlights of Michigan’s exciting nine-inning win over Eastern Michigan now and jump inside for more, including baseball wrap-ups from Illinois and Iowa.
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Illinois announced Tuesday that Drake’s Rayvonte Rice has signed a tender of financial aid and will transfer to Illinois following the completion of the spring semester.
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Who do you think are the top three candidates to win the Big Ten offensive and defensive player of the year honors? Tell us in the comments below and watch Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo give you their nominations on tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET (and again at 9 and 11:30 p.m. ET). To get ready, watch this Internet-only interview with Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis conducted earlier today.