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    Illinois Breaks Football Camp
    The Fighting Illini said goodbye Tuesday to Camp Rantoul until next August.  Coach Ron Turner's troops are expected to get their first taste of the brand new grass practice field east of Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.  Fall semester classes start at the University of Illinois Wednesday.

    The Fighting Illini said goodbye Tuesday to Camp Rantoul until next August. Coach Ron Turner's troops are expected to get their first taste of the brand new grass practice field east of Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon. Fall semester classes start at the University of Illinois Wednesday.
    PRACTICE NOTES: How do you know if a college football team has had a successful training camp? The players are rewarded by breaking camp early ... and that is exactly what the Illinois football team did on the final day of Camp Rantoul, as players left the former Chanute Air Force Base at 11:30 a.m. Despite being delayed nearly an hour by heavy storms, the Illini held their final practice of the 2000 campaign at Camp Rantoul Tuesday morning. The players were in full pads as a steady rain fell throughout the morning drills. As in 1999, this was the second straight year that their was inclement weather for the final day of camp.

    "We had a real good camp," head coach Ron Turner said. "(The team) showed a lot off effort and intensity these past two weeks and we accomplished what we needed to do. I think we're ready to go."

    RETURN TO CHAMPAIGN: For Wednesday's workout in Champaign, the Illini will test out the newly refurbished practice fields on the East side of Memorial Stadium. The fields underwent a facelift during the summer replacing everything from grass all the way down to the sod and on Wednesday, the turf will feel its first footsteps. The Illini will workout Wednesday-Friday this week, and will take Saturday and Sunday off, resuming on Monday to prepare for the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee.

    UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
    Wednesday, Aug. 23, 3:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Aug. 24, 3:30 p.m.
    Friday, Aug. 25, 3:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 26, off
    Sunday, Aug. 27, off
    Monday, Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m.

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