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Kiper: Jihad Ward has enjoyed meteoric rise (0:37)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson said today his son, Hardy, will join the Illini as a graduate transfer linebacker in July after finishing summer school at Cal. "We had a chance to talk about two weeks ago and had a pretty good discussion," the elder Nickerson said. "It was totally his decision. He wanted to make the change and come here. ... He's a leader and he has a knack for just making plays." The younger Nickerson knows the scheme as he played in a version of it for his father as a high school player.

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Where will Ward be selected?

The class is loaded at his position, but Jihad Ward is expected to be a much better player as a pro than he was in college. A second-round selection certainly wouldn't be bad for a WR turned DE. Kiper's favorite players (Insider)

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11dBrian Bennett

Top 10 players: Illinois Fighting Illini

Starting with rising senior quarterback Wes Lunt, a countdown of the top 10 players on the 2016 Fighting Illini.

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17dJosh Moyer

Beckman reaches $250K settlement with Illini

Former football coach Tim Beckman has agreed to a $250,000 settlement of his wrongful termination lawsuit against the University of Illinois.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois reaches a $250,000 settlement with former coach Tim Beckman. Statement from the school:

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Big Ten Spring Game schedule

Northwestern and Minnesota will play their spring games on Saturday, and the following two weekends will be filled with the return of more Big Ten football action.

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23dBrian Bennett

Remember me? Big Ten player comebacks to watch

Michigan State LB Ed Davis is one of many Big Ten players who were sidelined for the entire 2015 season and are looking to make an impact in 2016.

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31dMitch Sherman

Which Big Ten team has best receivers?

Michigan might be known for its defense and running backs, but don't overlook the receivers. Safe to say Big Ten secondaries are well aware of them.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Lovie Smith's staff at Illinois is complete with the addition today of running backs coach Thad Ward from Northern Illinois.

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43dJesse Temple and Dan Murphy

Take Two: Who is 2016 Cinderella team?

With March Madness upon us it's a good time to think Cinderellas, and Nebraska and Illinois could fit the bill on the field in 2016.