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Illinois eager to put away scandal, kick off season

Illinois eager to put away scandal, kick off season

A week ago, Illinois players received an early afternoon text message alerting them to a mandatory players meeting. They knew something was brewing. Finding out shortly after that coach Tim Beckman had been fired was certainly jarring, but the players said getting such news so soon before the opener hasn't derailed them. The Illini are taking an all-news-is-good-news approach as they kick off the season under the Memorial Stadium lights Friday against Kent State. "We feel like there's an added buzz to the whole thing with Friday night and with everything that's happened," senior offensive lineman Teddy Karras said. "It's been crazy. We've seen...

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