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Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

Vitals: 6-0, 195, R-Sr., WR

Hometown: Boynton Beach, Fla.

High school: American Heritage School

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Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

Coach: Jeff Brohm

2018 record: 6-7

Projected 2019 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Nov. 9 at Northwestern

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The Illini's important two-day stretch starts today with Utah transfer Donnie Tillman and four-star 2020 guard DJ Steward set to visit campus. Five-star 2021 forward Michael Foster Jr. will visit Thursday

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University of Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield will be in the Parc des Princes stands Friday for the Women's World Cup match between the U.S. and host France, dressed appropriately: In red, white and blue.

University of Illinois soccer coach JANET RAYFIELD will be in the Parc des Princes stands Friday for the Women's World Cup match between the U.S. and host France, dressed appropriately: In red, white and blue.

"The U.S. fans have flocked to France," Rayfield said, "and I am proud to be joining them."

Here's more from the longtime USA Soccer contributor:

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Underwood pleased with team's progress, saying 'we're light-years ahead' of last offseason

CHAMPAIGN — This summer is different for Illinois men's basketball compared to a year ago in one simple, clear way.

Last summer, Illini coach Brad Underwood and his staff spent the bulk of their time teaching a roster with twice as many newcomers as returning players. Progress wasn't exactly expedient.

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Louisville pitcher gained national notoriety on Friday night. For all the wrong reasons. But the Centennial graduate is more than just a 10-second clip that went viral. ‘He is an amazing person.’

READ: The time Luke Smith accompanied his cousin with autism to the prom

CHAMPAIGN — Sitting roughly 20 rows behind the Louisville dugout at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tim Smith watched his son walk off the mound on Friday night.

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Champaign native and Louisville pitcher Luke Smith gained national notoriety on Friday night. For all the wrong reasons. But the Centennial graduate is more than just a 10-second clip that went viral. ‘He is an amazing person.’

CHAMPAIGN — Sitting roughly 20 rows behind the Louisville dugout at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tim Smith watched his son walk off the mound on Friday night.

Louisville pitcher Luke Smith had just struck out Vanderbilt first baseman Julian Infante to end the top of the eighth inning in a semifinal game at the College World Series.

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Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season.

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

No. 38: Calvin Avery

Vitals: 6-2, 330, So., DT

Hometown: Dallas

High school: Bishop Dunne

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Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 38: South Carolina

Coach: Will Muschamp

2018 record: 7-6

Projected 2019 record: 8-4

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Utah transfer set to visit campus on Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — Donnie Tillman played perhaps his best basketball in the final five games of the 2018-19 season. The Utah sophomore forward averaged 14.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field, 41 percent from three-point range and 83 percent at the free-throw line as the Utes played out the string in their 17-14 season.

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