CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois' plans to have coaches and others court fans at a bar near Northwestern's campus have been called off after Wildcats fans objected.
Illini men's basketball coach John Groce, football coach Tim Beckman and others had planned a stop to meet fans at World of Beer in Evanston on Wednesday. The stop was part of the Fighting Illini Caravan promotional tour around the state.
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Illinois sports information director Kent Brown told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the bar decided against hosting the stop. Some Northwestern fans had objected.
Brown says the event probably will be moved to a location in downtown Chicago.
Illinois has pushed under Athletic Director Mike Thomas to win more fans in Chicago and heat up the sometimes mild rivalry with Northwestern.