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Keeping with tradition: another early Illini homecoming kickoff

CHAMPAIGN – Considered the first university to celebrate homecoming back in 1910, Illinois sets aside one weekend every October.to celebrate its history. The Illini seem to have added tradition in recent years: early homecoming kickoffs.

Keeping with the tradition, the Oct. 1 homecoming game against Northwestern will kickoff at 11 a.m. It will mark the sixth consecutive Illinois homecoming game to kickoff before noon. The last time Illinois hosted a homecoming kickoff after noon was in 2005, when Penn State crushed the Illini 63-10 after a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Fans – especially college students – would rather set the alarm for a later wake-up call, leaving more time for pregame festivities and tailgating.

Illinois surely would like the game to be held later for its fans but is at the will of the television networks and their deep pockets. Either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network will broadcast the game against Northwestern.

The Illini also announced the game time for the Oct. 22 game at Purdue, which will kick off at 11 a.m. as well. Three of the 12 game times now have been announced on the Illini football schedule. The Sept. 17 home game against Arizona State will kickoff at 6 p.m., the Illini’s lone primetime game.

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