CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Illinois football is starting to find its identity offensively and it's exactly what head coach Lovie Smith wants; to run the ball effectively. The Illini are fourth in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally in rushing offense, averaging 243 yards per game.
CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Ohio State scored twice, once in the first half and once in the second, and shut out Illinois in a Big Ten soccer match Thursday night. The Illini fall to 6-4 on the season and 1-2-0 in the conference. Illinois returns home Saturday night to face No. 20 Penn St.
CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Illinois volleyball is one of three Big Ten teams still undefeated heading into the opening weekend of conference play. That will change Friday night when No. 8 Illinois visits 16th-ranked Purdue, the Boilermakers are also 11-0.
CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Illinois football has the primetime spotlight with an 8 p.m. kickoff against Penn State on national television but basketball recruiting has the eye of Illini Nation this weekend. Brad Underwood and his staff are hosting three official visitors for the 2019 class, all Top 100 recruits in the country.
WARRENSBURG (WCIA) -- A football team's success often comes down to one thing; how good the offensive and defensive line play is. That's the case at Warrensburg-Latham, where the Cardinals have five multi-year starters, a big reason the team is out to a perfect 4-0 start under first year head coach Aaron Fricke.
CLINTON (WCIA) -- The Clinton football team is 4-0 to start the season, it's a significant number for the Maroons. The program has only won four games three times in the last 13 years. To make it even more impressive, the team is doing it under first-year head coach Chris Ridgeway.
DECATUR (WCIA) -- St. Teresa running back Jacardia Wright is the WCIA 3 Athlete of the Week. The senior accounted for 482 all-purpose yards in the Bulldogs' win over Tuscola, snapping the Warriors' 32-game regular season winning streak. Wright scored seven touchdowns, rushing for 287 yards.
CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Brendan McHale is the new Parkland College Athletic Director. The Mahomet native has spent the last two decades working in sports medicine at Carle. McHale takes over for Rod Lovett who retired after 18 years with the Cobras, he took a job with the NJCAA.