Illini buck tradition with changes to 2009 schedule - KMOV.com

Illini buck tradition with changes to 2009 schedule

The Illinois football team was a hot topic at Big Ten media days, but it was not so much for what is expected on the field this season. Multiple questions revolved around the Illini's 2009 schedule, which is bucking typical Big Ten tradition with two games after Thanksgiving.

The Illini will play at Cincinnati on Nov. 27 and host Fresno State on Dec. 5, creating two open dates earlier in the season. It's a decision Illinois head coach Ron Zook feels will help his team stay fresh.

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