- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois plans to hold fall football training camp on campus this year. The move will end the tradition of preparing for the season in the nearby town of Rantoul.

Illinois coach Lovie Smith said in a release Friday that he believes the team will be better off staying on campus in familiar surroundings rather than making the usual 20-mile trek north to what has been known as Camp Rantoul.

The team trained at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul in 17 of the past 18 seasons.

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said he was part of the first Illini team that trained in Rantoul and thanked the town for its support. But Whitman said staying on campus will allow more fans to interact with Smith and the team.

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