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Flip the Switch!

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IMG_5564-blog.jpgThe new 96' by 36' Daktronics HD video display at Memorial Stadium was turned on for the first time on Friday and it was magnificent. The Illini Productions video crew was able to do some testing on the main board in the south end zone as well as the new east and west ribbon boards and the auxiliary video screens on the east side. The frame around the video display is still getting the finishing touches put on until it looks like this, and the new sound system is not quite ready to go yet, but there's still plenty of time to get everything up and running before the Aug. 31 season-opener vs. Southern Illinois. 

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After eight hours of interviews and photo shoots on Wednesday, the Fighting Illini were back it bright and early on Thursday for the second and final day of Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon at the Hilton Chicago. 

Head Coach Tim Beckman and seniors Tim Kynard, Corey Lewis and Nathan Scheelhaase started things off with breakfast at 7:30 before heading to media roundtable interviews for two hours. This is probably the toughest part for the players, as they just sit in the same seat for two straight hours answering the same questions over and over, the same ones they answered over and over to the TV networks the day before. As expected, the Illini had a steady stream of media attention throughout the session and, as expected, they handled themselves well. 

Big Ten Media Days: Day 1

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Beckman Press Conference: Video | Transcript

Player Interviews: Scheelhaase | Kynard | Lewis

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The unofficial end to summer, Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, began Wednesday at the Hilton Chicago. Over 500 media were credentialed for the two-day event, where the college football world gathered to get an early read on one of the nation's top conferences.