It started at noon with the team photo, which is no easy task. Getting 105 players and 40+ staff members lined up for a photo is no easy task, especially in 90 degree heat. Today it was smooth sailing, which is a credit to the players, coaches, the SID staff and longtime DIA photographer Mark Jones and his staff.
Coach Zook's Media Day Press Conference: WATCH
After that came class photos, position group photos and
three other individual photo stations, followed by media interviews and then
local TV one-on-one interviews.
Then it was off to Rantoul, where the team will hold their fourth training camp practice on Monday at the former Chanute Air Force Base from 3:30-6 pm. Reminder that all practices through the end of Camp Rantoul on Aug. 20 are open to the public. It's a great chance to see the Illini up close.
One more thing...if you missed the Illini basketball alumni game on Saturday, you missed a great show. Here's a full recap with box scores, highlights, photos and post-game interviews, including this: