Roundup of non-Signing Day news.
News from the Tim Beckman press conference-
Beckman: Corey Lewis' eligibility still under review. Doesn't think it'll be a problem.
Steve Hull will be playing WR next season for Illinois
Friday practices will be open to media and public. No scrimmages but practice.
Robbie Bain from Bolingbrook has switched to defensive side of ball
News from Kent Bown via the FightingIllini.com Signing Day Live Blog
"The blue helmet was added as an option this last year, and I think you may see it again in 2013. The players really like it."
"We are just beginning a major branding initiative with Nike that will likely be unveiled in the spring of 2014, so there won't likely be any major uniform changes in 2013."
"We'll be taking a look at many different uniform options as we move forward with the re-branding initiative with Nike. Most will likely be unveiled in spring 2014."
"The rebrand will be department-wide so it will encompass all Illini sports."
"Season tickets in the Horseshoe will be $99 again."
"No plans to drop the fireworks at Memorial Stadium."
"We expect it to be granted, though." (Corey Lewis 6th year.)
"Learfield Communications is now the rights holder for the Illini Sports Radio Network and will be looking at the Chicago radio situation this spring. The UI contract with WIND is currently set to expire this summer."
"I've spoken with Gene Honda about PA duties for next year and he is excited to come back for as many games as possible. He's planning to do the game at Soldier Field and most of the games at Memorial Stadium. We're still waiting on the 2013-14 NHL schedule that will be announced during the summer for any final conflicts. I think he'll end up doing at least 6 of the 8 games."