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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Illinois coach Lovie Smith on the three players arrested today: Darta Lee and Zarrian Holcombe were already suspended from team activities for violations of team rules, and will remain suspended. Howard Watkins has been suspended indefinitely from team activities. These allegations, if true, fail to live up to the standards we expect of our student-athletes. We continue to gather information and will take appropriate steps based upon what we learn.

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Illini trio arrested on armed robbery charges

Illinois football players Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard "HoJo" Watkins were arrested on armed robbery charges for an alleged incident at a dorm.

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Former Dallas Cowboys LB Dat Nguyen and Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene headline the 2017 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Also, Illinois coach Lovie Smith and former Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal will be honored Saturday at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr. is signing with the Bengals. Son of former Bucs great Hardy Nickerson. Reports of him signing with the Rams are false.

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Illinois athletic department lost $6.2M in 2016

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

First unofficial 40 time for Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr., son of former Buccaneers great, Hardy Nickerson: 4.79. Spoke to him at the East-West Shrine Game and he has met with the Bucs. Told me the best piece of advice his dad gave him during this process was, "Control what you can and give it your all." Also told me that playing for his dad last year at Illinois "meant the world."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Friday Night Lovie: Illinois and USF have moved up their game one day to Friday, Sept. 15, on ESPN. The Illini now have two Friday night games, as they'll also host Nebraska on Sept. 29 as part of the new Big Ten Friday night package.

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Watch: Jeff Thomas to make college decision

East St. Louis, Illinois WR Jeff Thomas, the No. 55 recruit in the ESPN 300, will choose from Illinois, Tennessee, Louisville, Miami and Oregon live at 10:45 a.m. ET. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

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