Illini lose Carradine, Michigan wants Washington

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Defensive end Cornelius "Tank" Carradine won't sign Wednesday with Illinois after committing to the school back in November, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Academic issues forced Carradine elsewhere, and he's looking at Michigan, Cincinnati, NC State and Kentucky.

It will be an interesting signing day for Illinois, which hopes to retain top wide receiver Terry Hawthorne and a class that should once again rank in the nation's Top 25.

As signing day approaches, here are some quick Big Ten items regarding recruiting and other matters:

"Our staff has been looking at alternatives and options the past couple years as the drainage in Kinnick has grown progressively worse," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "It reached a point of critical concern this year prior to our game against Iowa State. We brought in engineers to conduct additional studies and realized our only option is to replace the drainage system that is now 20 years old."