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  • Illini QB O’Toole learned from his mistakes Dec 24, 2014 4:52 PM
    You might think the Nebraska game back in late September is a memory Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole would like to forget. The Illini lost 45-14. O’Toole, starting for the injured Wes Lunt, finished with 3 interceptions. But as O’Toole, a former star quarterback at Wheaton Warrenville South, gets ready to lead Illinois (6-6) at the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday, he says there was a moment in that lopsided loss that made the team’s 3-2 finish — most of it with O’Toole under center — possible. Tied at 7-7 in the first quarter of a game they believed they would have to score a lot to stay in, the Illini had a third-and-goal at the Nebraska 4. O’Toole tried to force the ball to a receiver in the end zone but found Cornhuskers cornerback Daniel Davie instead. The interception swung momentum Nebraska’s way, for good. “I was trying to do too much,” O’Toole said. “We got to the red zone and you can’t turn the ball over down there — be OK with a field goal.” “I hadn’t played a full game in a really long time,” he added, “so I think that helped a lot.” After playing in 10 games his freshman season, O’Toole’s time at Illinois looked promising. Sure, he had well-respected sophomore Nathan Scheelhaase ahead of him on the depth chart. But the mobile O’Toole figured to sub a good bit for Scheelhaase when injuries happened while he waited for a senior season that would be his. It didn’t work out that way. O’Toole played seven times as a sophomore, six as a junior and, this season found himself behind Wes Lunt. Few thought O’Toole would see much playing time behind the transfer from Oklahoma State, a player whose arm has NFL potential. “I think he was just kind of content,” offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said of O’Toole. “I think there were some confidence issues.” O’Toole came to Illinois with a handful of state player-of-the-year awards from newspapers, fresh off two state championships at WWS. But at a Big Ten program, even a middle-of-the-pack school like Illinois, just about everyone who sees the field was all-this or all-that — accustomed to winning. So O’Toole played and practiced mostly in the shadows. A great teammate and great guy, his coaches and the other Illini say. “He’s just a likable (guy),” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said — just not the guy. But Lunt’s injuries, including a broken leg, opened the door for O’Toole. Like a good relief pitcher, four years of playing regularly off the bench has taught him to always be ready, he said. “You owe it to your teammates,” O’Toole said. “You’re one play away from playing.” And even after Lunt returned late in the season, the team found that O’Toole’s ability to run — something Lunt lacks — kept defenses honest and gave the Illini a spark they’d been missing. O’Toole ran and passed for just enough to get Illinois past Minnesota when the season looked like it was about to implode. Then he led the Illini past Penn State and Northwestern to get to 6 wins and bowl eligibility. The last two were high-pressure games for O’Toole, freshman receiver Mike Dudek said. “(He) knew that if he didn’t win, his career, his season, would be over,” said Dudek, a Neuqua Valley High School grad. Illinois faces Louisiana Tech (8-5) on Friday (11 a.m., ESPN), a team O’Toole has played before. It was in 2012, in the mop-up role he knows too well. He relieved Scheelhaase in a 52-24 loss that started a nine-game losing streak for the Illini. This time he will be the starter, the kind of career finish that a football coach finds hard to resist. “I think he deserves it,” Cubit said. “I think it’s kind of what college football is all about.”

     
  • Williams has 18, No. 21 Ohio St rolls over Miami U Dec 22, 2014 10:48 PM
    Reserve guard Kam Williams scored 18 points and No. 21 Ohio State went on a 26-3 run in the first half to beat Miami (Ohio) 93-55 on Monday night.

     
  • No. 6 Wisconsin beats California 68-56 Dec 22, 2014 10:50 PM
    Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 6 Wisconsin returned from a nine-day break to beat California 68-56 on Monday night.

     
  • Illinois to get $1.6M for Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec 21, 2014 12:55 PM
    The University of Illinois will receive $1.6 million for playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday against Louisiana Tech, bowl spokesman Brant Ringler said. Attendance is estimated to be between 25,000 and 30,000 for the game. So far, Illini fans have bought about 3,000 of the school's allotment of 4,000 tickets.

     
  • Northwestern rallies to defeat W. Michigan 67-61 Dec 20, 2014 5:15 PM
    Tre Demps scored 17 points and Northwestern beat Western Michigan 67-61 on Saturday afternoon. Nathan Taphorn and Bryant McIntosh added 10 points apiece for the Wildcats, who rebounded from a loss to another MAC team, Central Michigan, on Wednesday. Tucker Haymond scored 12 points and Connar Tava and David Brown added 11 apiece for the Broncos, who led by three at halftime.

     
  • Illinois cruises past Hampton 73-55 Dec 17, 2014 11:21 PM
    Kendrick Nunn is used to coming off the bench. He wasn’t a starter for two seasons at Chicago’s Simeon High School and wasn’t for most of his first season at Illinois. So when the sophomore guard was in the starting lineup Wednesday against Hampton, he was ready. Nunn scored a season-high 16 points as Illinois cruised over Hampton 73-55.

     
  • Central Michigan clobbers Northwestern 80-67 Dec 17, 2014 11:05 PM
    Before playing at Northwestern on Wednesday night, Central Michigan had done a lot to make people forget last season’s 10-21 record. One thing the Chippewas hadn’t done was win on the road. They have now. Braylon Rayson scored 19 points, and Central Michigan beat Northwestern 80-67. Luke Meyer had 18 and Rayshawn Simmons added 13 for the Chippewas (7-1), who have won two in a row after suffering their lone loss of the season Dec. 2 at Bradley.

     
  • Pelini goes home as Youngstown St coach Dec 16, 2014 6:20 PM
    Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was hired to be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown. The school announced the move on Tuesday. The 47-year-old Pelini is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in the northeast Ohio city of Youngstown. He played defensive back for Ohio State from 1986-89.

     
  • Cook says he has more to do at Michigan State Dec 16, 2014 6:07 PM
    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook indicated Tuesday he plans to be back with the Spartans as a senior. “I’ve sat down and talked to my family. The main goal is obviously to come back,” Cook said. “Talked among them, talked among my friends, with the coaches. I have unfinished business that I want to do, that I want to accomplish next year.”

     
  • Michigan close to banning student-athlete unions Dec 16, 2014 6:22 PM
    Athletes would be blocked from unionizing at public universities under a bill that won final passage in Michigan on Tuesday, making it at least the second state to respond after Northwestern University football players were allowed to vote this year on union representation.

     
  • Next Bears coach might as well be a cartoon character Dec 12, 2014 5:08 PM
    After the bold moves made this week by the White Sox and Cubs, the Bears are officially now the lone residents of Chicago’s Island of Misfit Franchises.

     
  • Wisconsin football coach departs for Oregon State Dec 10, 2014 6:12 PM
    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has stepped down to become the head coach at Oregon State. Andersen, Wisconsin’s coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision on Wednesday afternoon, the school announced.

     
  • D1 newcomer Incarnate Word shocks Nebraska 74-73 Dec 10, 2014 10:07 PM
    Kyle Hittle hit a contested baseline jumper after Nebraska’s Terran Petteway threw away an inbound pass, and Incarnate Word upset Nebraska 74-73 on Wednesday night for the biggest victory in the Cardinals’ one-plus seasons making the transition from Division II to Division I.

     
  • Rozner: NCAA needs 12-team football playoff Dec 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    The solution to the latest arguments is a 12-team, College Football Playoff, with the top four teams getting a bye in the first round. That removes the concern that expanding the playoff removes incentive in rivalry games and diminishes the importance of every Saturday.

     
  • Mike North video: College Football Playoff committee got it right Dec 8, 2014 10:46 AM
    Mike North thinks the four teams selected for the playoff were the right choices, and he thinks the Big 12 needs to play a championship game next year so they won’t get shut out of the playoffs.

     
  • Illini headed to Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec 7, 2014 6:02 PM
    Illinois will face Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Illinois beat Penn State and Northwestern to close the season at 6-6. The Illini’s defense forced five turnovers in beating the Wildcats 47-33 on the road. Louisiana Tech (8-5) lost to Marshall 26-23 on Saturday in the Conference USA title game. The Bulldogs had won seven of their last eight games prior to that loss to the Thundering Herd. The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Cody Sokol, the Iowa transfer who has thrown 29 TD passes, and running back Kenneth Dixon. He has rushed for 1,236 yards and 21 touchdowns.

     
  • Ohio State sneaks into college football playoff Dec 7, 2014 4:21 PM
    GRAPEVINE, Texas — The playoff picks are in: Top-ranked Alabama will play No. 4 Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and No. 2 Oregon will play No. 3 Florida State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. And after all the discussion about whether Baylor or TCU was better, neither Big 12 team will get a chance to play for the national title. The College Football Playoff Committee’s selections for the first playoff were released Sunday after weeks of debate, setting off plenty of questions about whether the new process was fair and if it needed some tweaks. “We’re smarting today,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. The winners of the New Year’s Day semifinals will advance to the national championship game to be played Jan. 12 at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The playoff contenders did not make it easy on the committee by all winning on Saturday. Committee chairman Jeff Long said the top three teams were clear and the final spot came down to a “spirited debate” between the Buckeyes and Big 12 co-champs Baylor and TCU.” Among those three, Long said: “It was decisive for Ohio State.” Baylor and TCU finished fifth and sixth, respectively. The Big 12 is the only conference among the Big Five that does not play a championship game. With only 10 members, NCAA rules prohibit it, though the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference are in the process of trying to change those rules. Long said Ohio State’s playing a quality opponent in a 13th game, the Big Ten championship Saturday against Wisconsin, and winning decisively added to the Buckeyes’ case against the Big 12 teams. “It had an effect,” Long said. “It was an additional game that we could see Ohio State’s strength.” Bowlsby said it appears the conference was penalized for not having a conference championship game, and will likely re-address how it decides its champion and the possibility of playing a title game. The great debate for weeks was whether TCU or Baylor would make it into the final four. The Bears beat their Big 12 rivals 61-58 in Waco back in October, but from the start the committee ranked TCU ahead of the Bears, who lost at West Virginia by 14 and played a particularly weak nonconference schedule. “This will be catalyst for discussion for sure,” Bowlsby said. The College Football Playoff is replacing the Bowl Championship Series this season. The BCS matched the top two teams in the country in a national championship game. The committee has been ranking the top 25 weekly since late October’s rankings and last week had Alabama and Oregon at the top, followed by TCU and Florida State. The committee has said it would start each week with a blank slate and that as the bodies of work changed the ranking could change dramatically. That’s different from the way polls traditionally work and led to some of the surprise when the Frogs dropped after a 52-point victory on Saturday against lowly Iowa State. The Big 12 further muddled the issue by not designating a champion by a tiebreaker. The commissioners who put together the playoff thought long and hard about whether the committee should do weekly rankings, at first leaning against it. They make for good television, though, and ultimately it was decided that fans were used to having a way to track the progress of the playoff race from week-to-week. Whether they stick with weekly rankings will be addressed. “I think that the committee will look at this year, look at this season, look how the entire process went,” Long said. Ohio State has had the longest climb to reach the playoff, overcoming an early loss to Virginia Tech to make a strong run. The Buckeyes were 16th in the first rankings, but their final statement was a doozy: 59-0 against the Badgers. Florida State’s unbeaten record hasn’t gotten the respect the Seminoles believe it deserves from the committee. The defending national champions are the only undefeated team in FBS. But numerous close calls and comebacks have led the committee to drop the Seminoles in the rankings. Ultimately, though, the ‘Noles will get to defend their championship in the first playoff. Also Sunday, the committee announced the other bowl matchups in the playoff rotation. Mississippi State will play Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl; Arizona will play Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl; TCU will play Mississippi in the Peach Bowl, and Baylor will play Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

     
  • Viliunas assists Illini volleyball to Sweet 16 Dec 7, 2014 2:56 PM
    Illinois volleyball setter Alexis Viliunas (a former cheerleader) has plenty to cheer about this season as the nationally-ranked Illini kick off the postseason.

     
  • Missouri facing Minnesota in Citrus Bowl Dec 7, 2014 5:15 PM
    No. 16 Missouri and Minnesota will meet in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in a matchup of Southeastern Conference and Big Ten foes. The game will be played for the first time since the renovation of the Orlando Citrus Bowl. It is sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. It was previously called the Capital One Bowl. Missouri (10-3) is coming off a SEC championship game loss to Alabama. The Tigers are making their second appearance in and Orlando bowl, having won the Tangerine Bowl over Southern Mississippi in 1981. Minnesota (8-4) is making its first trip to Orlando. It is coming off back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2002-03. This is the Golden Gophers’ third consecutive bowl appearance. They are looking for their first bowl victory since 2004.

     
  • No. 24 Illini top American 70-55 Dec 6, 2014 3:58 PM
    Malcolm Hill scored 13 points as No. 24 Illinois defeated American 70-55 on Saturday. The Illini (7-1) only led by two points midway through the first half, but a 17-2 run put the Eagles (5-4) in an early deficit.

     
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