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The Under Armour All-American released that he won't be staying in state.
Oct 31, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn (5) runs with the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Not surprisingly, Ke'Shawn Vaughn is looking for a new school to call home
Oct 22, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith on the sideline in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Things should be much brighter for the Illini in 2017.
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Illinois really, really needs to land Jeff Thomas.
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Jeff Thomas would be a nice addition to the Illini.
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Lovie Smith's top target is taking his own path to his college decision.
Nov 26, 2016; Evanston, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith walks the sidelines in a game against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Lovie Smith added another quality player to Illinois' 2017 class
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Nov 12, 2016; Madison, WI, USA;  Illinois Fighting Illini helmets during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.  Wisconsin won 48-3.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
For a fifth-straight year, Illinois set a program record for the number of Academic All-B1G honorees.
Nov 26, 2016; Evanston, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Wes Lunt (12) drops back to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Wes Lunt is going to have one more game in his college career.
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Lovie Smith was never going to turn Illinois into an overnight success. He still needs plenty of time to right the ship.
Nov 12, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Kendrick Foster (22) rushes with the football during the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Kendrick Foster has been a bright spot for the Illini this season
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Illinois won't fork over one of its home games in the future.
Oct 8, 2016; Champaign, IL, USA;  Illinois Fighting Illini running back Kendrick Foster (22) runs past Purdue Boilermakers defensive end Austin Larkin (45) as offensive lineman Joe Spencer (71) blocks defensive tackle Eddy Wilson (18) during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Purdue beat Illinois in overtime 34 to 31.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports
Illinois was trailing 6-0 before a 73-yard drive gave the Illini a halftime lead. Could that drive be a momentum booster for the final three games of the year?
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Kendrick Foster had an exciting run on the first possession of the second half for Illinois.
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This was about the only impressive play in the first half in Champaign between Illinois and Michigan State.
Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; A detailed view of the Illinois Fighting Illini helmet before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Illinois released a hype video prior to Saturday's game against Michigan State.
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Lovie Smith didn't let any report about him having a quick stay in Champaign sit.
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