When an old friend dies, it’s obviously a sad occasion. But when it’s the end of a long, rewarding journey — full of accomplishment and brimmi…
Sports columnist for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.
When Lovie Smith arrived in March of 2016 and started rebuilding a broken-down Illini football roster, it was as though a yellow school bus pu…
CHAMPAIGN — By now we’ve all heard the jokes.
While Brad Underwood is trying to help Illini basketball fans end an excruciating string of joyless Selection Sundays, he’s also trying to bol…
Retired Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper is back behind the wheel to talk about the Big Ten Tournament and the struggling Illini.
Retired Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper gets behind the wheel and talks Illini basketball, and how the team's lack of height hurt against Purdue.
CHAMPAIGN – While watching the Illini come up short on an offensively challenging night in Madison this week, here’s what popped into focus:
Retired Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper talks about Illinois' loss at Wisconsin on February 18.
Retired Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper talks about Giorgi Bezhanishvili and the Illini basketball team.