Former Illini Steve Stricker shot a third round 64 (-7) to get to -16 at the John Deere Classic. He trails Brian Harman by one shot entering Sunday's final round. Former Illini Scott Langley is -9 while Luke Guthrie is -6.
Champaign's Aaron Pinkerton got the golfer's thrill of a lifetime at the John Deere Classic this week. He was a standard bearer at the event, carrying the scores of one group.
At 116 pounds, Bret Pfeiffer doesn't look like your typical weightlifter. But the Charleston High School sophomore has no problem pulling his own weight and more.
WCIA 3's Bret Beherns talks with IHSA Associate Executive Director Kurt Gibson as Champaign-Urbana prepares a bid to bring the IHSA State Basketball Tournament back to State Farm Center.
SILVIS, Ill. - Former Illini Steve Stricker fired a first round 68 (-3) at the John Deere Classic Thursday afternoon. Stricker is five shots off the lead held by a trio of golfers Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman. Fellow Illinoi
CHICAGO, Ill. - A committee of trustees presented a plan Thursday that would give Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce a raise and contract extension, and all it needs is approval by the full Board of Trustees later this month. The Governance, Personnel and Ethics committee met Thursday in Chicago and recommended rewarding Groce with a $100,000 raise and a one-year contract extension. The raise would bring his salary to $1.7 million, and the extension would keep him under contract through the 2018-2019 season. This is already the second raise and extension Groce has received in his two years at Illinois. He has one NCAA Tournament appearance and one NIT berth so far at Illinois. The full Board of Trustees will meet July 24 to approve the raise and extension.
ST. JOSEPH -- Friday night lights will be a little brighter this fall.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - We are less than a month away from the start of fall camp, and Tim Beckman is now searching for a new offensive line coach. That's because A.J. Ricker is leaving the U of I to accept the same position at Missouri.
SILVIS, Ill. - The John Deere Classic has been a home away from home for Steve Stricker. The former Illini star has won three times, and even when he cut his schedule back he always makes sure he plays in the quad cities. He hardly needs an introduction, and he only needs a couple hours to drive from his home to TPC Deere Run. The only thing Stricker needs is a win at one of his favorite tournaments. It has been three years since the end of this three-peat.
SILVIS, Ill. - The John Deere Classic has not been kind to D.A. Points over the years. In fact the former Illini star has made the cut just once in his eight career appearances there. The Pekin-native has plenty of motivation to change that this year. Points is coming off a career year last year where he earned more than $2.5 million. This year, though, has been disappointing. Points has only made nine cuts in his 22 tournaments, but he is hoping the John Deere Classic will be a springboard to a strong finish.
SILVIS, Ill. - It will be a loaded field for the Illini at the John Deere Classic this weekend in the Quad Cities. Four former Illini players will be in the field, including Luke Guthrie, who is still looking for his first PGA Tour win. Guthrie was out on the course Tuesday trying to get things ironed out. In face he stopped in Champaign Monday to work with head coach Mike Small. The two worked on Guthrie's swing, and he is hoping he has things figured out heading into Thursday's first round.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - One of the top athletic officials at Illinois, Tom Michael, interviewed on campus Tuesday for the athletic director job at Eastern Illinois. Michael is one of three finalists for the Panthers' AD job, and WCIA 3's Bret Beherns was in Charleston as Michael laid out his vision for EIU.
SILVIS, Ill. - A lot has changed for Scott Langley over the last year. He is married, they're expecting a child, and he is having his best season on the PGA Tour. "I don't react to bad shots the same as I used to," Langley said. "I used to hit a bad shot, and I'd freak out. What happened? How do I fix it? Instead now I just move on and just forget about it and try and hit a good shot the next time, and I think that's a little better way to play."
Illinois junior V'Angelo Bentley is one of 47 players nationwide named to the watch list for Paul Hornung Award, which is given each year to the nation's most versatile player.
Fisher's Miranda Marry signed with Illinois to run track next year. Marry is a six-time state medalist and she also holds six school records.