| Dec 26, 2014
| 4:20 PM
The Sports Xchange
By Art Garcia, The Sports Xchange
Louisiana Tech's Bates helps beat former teammates
DALLAS -- Houston Bates made plenty of special memories while with the Illinois Fighting Illini. On Friday at the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl,...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 1:53 PM
TV/radio: Noon Friday at Cotton Bowl; ESPN, WSCR-AM 670.
Line: Louisiana Tech by 6.
Records: Illinois 6-6, Louisiana Tech 8-5.
Last meeting: Illinois lost 52-24 on Sept. 22, 2012 in Champaign.
On the offensive: Quarterback Reilly O'Toole led...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Timothy David Beckman's initials (T.D.) are no coincidence.
As a small child, Tim Beckman would doodle stick figures and even assign them jersey numbers. When NFL players were near, he often would rather sidle up to his pops, Dave Beckman, and other...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 6:10 PM
DALLAS — Wearing gaudy sweater vests with chest hair peeking out of the top, Santa Claus belly shirts and poinsettia-patterned crocheted tops, the Illinois football team brought its ugly Christmas sweater party to Dallas earlier this week.
| Dec 23, 2014
| 5:01 PM
DALLAS — Early in the season, Illinois coach Tim Beckman described the team's inability to create turnovers as one of its biggest weaknesses.
The defense finished the regular season ranked 112th nationally, allowing 464.3 total yards per game, and...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 7:15 PM
When Donovonn Young was a high school senior in 2010, he traveled from Katy, Texas, to Houston to watch Illinois practices and then saw the Illini beat Baylor in the Texas Bowl.
The running back already was set on Illinois as his college destination,...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 12:18 PM
DALLAS -- Quarterback Reilly O’Toole received the official nod as the Heart of Dallas Bowl game starter from coach Tim Beckman.
“He deserves it,” Beckman said on Tuesday.
O’Toole led Illinois to all three Big Ten victories,...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 10:37 PM
7:40 a.m. Soccer: English Premier League: West Ham at Chelsea.--NBCSN
9 a.m. Football: Oct. 2014: Phoebus vs. Bethel.--LSC 48
9:55 a.m. Soccer: English Premier League: TBA.--NBCSN
Noon Football: Oct. 2014: Kecoughtan vs. Phoebus.-- LSC 48
| Dec 19, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Welcome to the extreme college football postseason.
A playoff will conclude the season for the first time.
More bowl games than ever 39 will be contested with two nations represented. Hello, Bahamas.
The calendar is packed with action, starting with...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 5:49 PM
From junior high until well into his college career, Houston Bates' anticipation before football games would grow so intense, he would throw up.
"I'm beyond nerves now," the Louisiana Tech senior linebacker said. "I'm a veteran of the game now."
| Dec 13, 2014
| 10:49 AM
Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL STORYLINES
1. One of the many setbacks during Illinois coach Tim Beckman's first year on the job was a blowout loss to Louisiana Tech. With...