The University of Illinois began spring football on Saturday, and while the team enjoyed being back out on the field, the biggest news for Fighting Illini football on Saturday came off the field.
Illinois and head coach Tim Beckman continue to work the recruiting trail hard this winter.
The Illini are trying to inject some life into what's been a poorly performing defense over the past couple seasons, and they're going with a former Bears assistant to do it.
Illinois will have one fewer quarterback on its roster next season.
According to a Thursday report from Scout.com, Illinois quarterback Aaron Bailey has requested release from his scholarship and is seeking a transfer.