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  • Garrick McGee’s usage of dual-threat quarterback Chayce Crouch may define Illinois Football’s …
    Illini fans saw glimpses of the future midway through the second quarter against Purdue last year, after Lunt injured his back and left the game on a  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    9 hours ago
  • Illini Football Recruiting Lounge: Taking inventory in the Class of 2018
    The Illini Recruiting Lounge is an exclusive, premium feature at IlliniInquirer.com. The Inquirer staff works really hard to provide as much information as possible to you die-hard Illini fans to basically give you as close of an "inside look" as ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    10 hours ago
  • Illinois Football: Ron Hardge III added to Illini class of 2018
    Ron Hardge III took to Twitter on Monday to announce he has committed the University of Illinois. This was a big commitment for the Illini because they  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    11 hours ago
  • Top 50 most important teams: No. 34 UCLA
    The conference schedule will be a challenge, with trips to Stanford, Washington, Utah and Southern Cal. No. 34: UCLA COACH: Jim Mora 2016 RECORD: 4-8 PROJECTED 2017 RECORD: 8-4 CIRCLE THE DATE: Nov. 18 at Southern Cal BOWL TRIP: Foster Farms read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017By digital.media
    12 hours ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 34, Owen Carney Jr., DL
    The strength of the Illinois defense the past few seasons has been its pass rush. Our preseason countdown continues: No. 34: Owen Carney Jr., DL read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017By digital.media
    12 hours ago
  • Fine line? Just give it some time
    The 13 offensive linemen on the Illinois roster mark a low among the past dozen seasons. CHAMPAIGN — The 13 offensive linemen on the Illinois roster mark a low among the past dozen seasons. While three — Christian DiLaurio, Nick Allegretti and Gage Megginson — return as regular starters from last season, more than half the group has yet to play a single snap for the Illini. read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017By digital.media
    12 hours ago
  • Dick Butkus Sees “Golden Opportunity” for Illinois Recruits to Turn Illini Around
    Shakespeare famously said “past is prologue,” and Dick Butkus is hoping that the Illini football program can repeat the glorious history that he helped  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    13 hours ago
  • Illinois Football: Ron Hardge III added to Illini class of 2018
    The Illinois football team added their 7 th recruit to the class of 2018 yesterday. Ron Hardge III took to Twitter on Monday to announce he has committed the University of Illinois. This was a big commitment for the Illini because they could always use ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    18 hours ago
  • College hockey: Could Illinois be next to add a team?
    The Illini will construct a new football training facility aimed for a 2019 completion that is expected to cost between $60 and $80 million, significantly  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    19 hours ago
  • Dick Butkus Sees “Golden Opportunity” for Illinois Recruits to Turn Illini Around
    Shakespeare famously said “past is prologue,” and Dick Butkus is hoping that the Illini football program can repeat the glorious history that he helped make. In the inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class, Butkus is as much a “this ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    20 hours ago
  • Three-star S Ron Hardge III commits to Illini Football
    Three-star S Ron Hardge III commits to Illini FootballThe Fighting Illini landed a verbal commitment 2018 three-star safety Ron Hardge III (FL) on Monday night. Hardge is rated as ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    21 hours ago
  • Three-star Florida defensive back picks Illini
    Illinois also adding Australian punter  CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ busy June continued Monday night with a commitment from Class of 2018 Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) defensive back Ron Hardge III. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder played both cornerback and safety for the Chiefs. read more ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017By srichey
    22 hours ago
  • Illini Football: CB Ron Hardge commits to Illinois Football
    CB Ron Hardge commits to Illinois FootballJune 26, 2017 7:23 PMCommitted!! 🔸🔹 pic.twitter.com/1bRrRJPtoG— Ron Hardge III® "R3" (@lildaqb7) June 27, 2017739 responses< Previous ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    24 hours ago
  • 2018 three-star DB Ron Hardge III commits to Illinois Football
    The Florida native had scholarship offers from several other Power 5 programs. The Fighting Illini landed a verbal commitment 2018 three-star safety Ron Hardge III (FL) on Monday night. Hardge is rated as the No. 1408 overall player in the nation by 247Sports. Committed!! pic.twitter.com/1bRrRJPtoG— Ron Hardge III® "R3" (@lildaqb7) June 27, 2017 “First I’d like to thank God for this day, for He is good all the time!!! Next, I would like to thank my family for supporting me throughout this recruiting process. A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to my Pops/Coach for preparing me to play this game of football. Would also like to thank all the college coaches that saw the ability and potential in me to play at the next level. Thanks to the entire Illinois coaching staff for this opportunity. Special thanks to my High School “Cardinal Gibbons”, high school teachers, coaches and teammates for pushing me each and every day on and off the field. Proud to announce that I will be verbally committing to the University of Illinois. #WeWillWin #FightingIllini” Hardge’s offer list will be a welcome sight for Illinois fans (read: people like me) that have been concerned about the ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    24 hours ago
  • Illini Football Newcomer Jersey Numbers
    The 2017 Fighting Illini football roster has been updated with the addition of 32 newcomers, including 22 scholarship student-athletes and 10 walkons. ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Chicago Bears: Can Eddie Jackson begin the season as the starting free safety?
    Todd Thorstenson is a staff writer covering the Chicago Bears as well as Illinois Fighting Illini football for EndZoneScore.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Thor1323 End Zone Score Illinois Fighting Illini and Chicago Bears staff writer Todd Thorstenson is a ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Illini Football: Football Recruiting
    Where the Illinois fans at? #ILLINI pic.twitter.com/VM1A55TF0W— L U K E F O R Dâ„¢ (@lukeredx97) June 26, 2017 ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    1 day ago
  • 3-star Cardinal Gibbons CB Ron Hardge III commits to Illinois Fighting Illini
    Ron Hardge III and Carlos Sandy have played football together for eight years -- and the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons teammates plan to stay together for a few more years. Hardge III committed the Illinois on Monday, just five days after ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Illinois University Offers A Full Scholarship To A Fourth Grader
    The University of Illinois is making an investment in it's football team's future by offering a full ride to a 10 year old so he can play football for the Fighting Illini. This is Bunchie Young, and he's probably the fastest, most bad-ass fourth grader in ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Illini Football Newcomer Jersey Numbers
    The 2017 Fighting Illini football roster has been updated with the addition of 32 newcomers, including 22 scholarship student-athletes and 10 walkons. Check out the initial jersey numbers for the new Illini below. ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Illinois Football: Confidence level of each non-conference game
    To achieve the goal of playing in a bowl game, the Illini need to take advantage of the non-conference schedule. This is usually where teams schedule  ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    1 day ago
  • Back and ready to work
    QB, wide receiver, sidelined during spring, connect playing catch during Europe trip CHAMPAIGN — Chayce Crouch and Mikey Dudek were forced into mostly spectator roles during Illinois' spring practices from mid-February into early March. read more ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017By digital.media
    2 days ago
  • Forgot about Dre? Illini RB Dre Brown ready to return after two ACL tears
    CHAMPAIGN - Team picture day normally is a relaxed, fun day for Illinois football players -- a signal that football season is just around the corner. But for third-year Illinois running back Dre Brown, Tuesday's photo shoot was a significant, almost ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Top 50 most important teams: No. 35: Texas A&M
    There are some Aggies fans who are running out of patience with Sumlin. They need to relax. If the school is foolish enough to let the former Purdue player go, the line of other schools ready to hire him will be around the block. Coach: Kevin Sumlin 2016 record: 8-5 Projected 2017 record: 8-4 Circle the date: Oct. 7 vs. Alabama Bowl trip: Outback read more ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017By digital.media
    2 days ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 35, Justice Williams, LB
    Williams was part of Lovie Smith's defensive youth movement in 2016, playing in all 12 games after redshirting his freshman season in 2015. Why he's important: Williams was part of Lovie Smith's defensive youth movement in 2016, playing in all 12 games after redshirting his freshman season in 2015. read more ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017By digital.media
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Illini make top 9 for Devon Matthews
    Devon Matthews took to Twitter to announce he has cut his list down to just nine programs. Those nine teams include South Florida, Mississippi State,  ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Counting down the Top 100 Big Ten football players: Nos. 80-71
    Dana Howard was the cornerstone of a fantastic Illini defense. He was a consensus All-American selection and Big Ten defensive player of the year in 1993 and 1994. He won the Butkus Award and Lambert Award in 1994 as the nation’s best linebacker. ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    2 days ago
  • College Football Betting: Toughest Schedules Of 2017
    Few ACC teams have a more overwhelming slate than Syracuse. Illinois Fighting Illini The non-conference schedule has dates against Western Kentucky and South Florida, two of the better and more consistent Group of Five teams in the country in recent years. ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Is NCAA hockey finally on the horizon for Illinois?
    Whitman also announced Tuesday plans to put on hold a renovation project of Memorial Stadium. The Illini will construct a football new training facility aimed for a 2019 completion that is expected to cost between $60 and $80 million,significantly less ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Illini make top 9 for Devon Matthews
    This list has some solid programs on it. Illinois must battle a SEC program in Mississippi State and a South Florida team who has a new head coach in Charlie Strong and is the in-state program for Matthews. But, Illinois has enough going for them to ...
    Published on Monday, June 26, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Australian punter Blake Hayes a late addition to Illinois football Class of 2017
    The Illini missed on their top two punter targets in the Class of 2017. They added walk-on Bryce Baringer, originally a Southern Illinois signee, but  ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Australian punter Blake Hayes a late addition to Illinois football…
    ...Chapman and Smith and first reached out to Hayes two months ago. The Illini missed on their top two punter targets in the Class of 2017. They added walk-on Bryce Baringer , originally a Southern ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Illini Football: Blake Hayes (2017 Punter) joins Illinois Football
    ...to the States and to the family! pic.twitter.com/c810fJUU42— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) June 25, 2017 2017. He's already enrolled. https://t.co/wttwURPkpuJune 25 ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017
    2 days ago
  • Top 50 most important teams: No. 36, Northwestern
    COACH: Pat Fitzgerald 2016 RECORD: 7-6 PROJECTED 2017 RECORD: 8-4 CIRCLE THE DATE: Sept. 30 at Wisconsin BOWL TRIP: Foster Farms read more ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017By digital.media
    3 days ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 36, Caleb Reams, TE
    The 2016 Illinois offense wasn't exactly heavy on tight end usage, with five Illini tight ends — counting Nathan Echard, who was more of a fullback — combining to catch 23 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns (both by Ainslie Johnson). Why he's important: The 2016 Illinois offense wasn't exactly heavy on tight end usage, with five Illini tight ends — counting Nathan Echard, who was more of a fullback — combining to catch 23 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns (both by Ainslie Johnson). Three of those tight ends, Johnson included, are gone, leaving a wide open competition for the top spots on the depth chart. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017By digital.media
    3 days ago
  • Area history, June 25, 2017
    The 7 miles of interstate were predicted to open in time for the first Illini home football game Sept. 30.In 2002, Illinois would borrow about $1 billion to help pay its bills, some of which were ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Anthony Pleviak
    Happy 70th Birthday to 1968 Fighting Illini football star Anthony “Tony” Pleviak. The 6-foot-2, 237-pound defensive tackle came to Illinois from Zion-Benton High School, where he was a three-sport standout. As a junior in 1967 for the Illini, Pleviak ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Happy birthday, Tony Pleviak
    Happy 70th birthday to 1968 Fighting Illini football star Arnthony "Tony" Pleviak. The 6-foot-2, 237-pound defensive tackle came to Illinois from  ...
    Published on Sunday, June 25, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Illini offer scholarship to a 10-year-old
    Illinois football made waves by offering a scholarship to a 10-year-old. ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Nebraska Football: Preview of weeks 1-6 of the 2017 season
    They averaged nearly 37 points in those two games. The Huskers will head to Champaign for their first Big Ten road game. The Illini finished the 2016 season with just three wins in Lovie Smith’s first season as head coach. We don’t know who will behind ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Anderson: ‘I like what he’s talking about’
    Former Illini great praises style of play new Illinois coach Brad Underwood wants to implement during an appearance on "Saturday SportsTalk," on WDWS 1400-AM. Michael Kiser and Loren Tate kept the airwaves humming with “Saturday SportsTalk” on WDWS 1400-AM. A sample of what was said during the two-hour program: Nick Anderson gets asked, to this day, about his buzzer-beating shot to beat Indiana in 1989. read more ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017By mdaniels
    3 days ago
  • Illini Football Trending Meter: June 2017 update | Illinois
    1 quarterback on the Illini's board right now -- and the Illini are making a huge push to close ... return kicks. Some on the Illini staff like him, but the Illini filled his role with Norwood.Wide ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    3 days ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 37, Adam Solomon
    Offensive lineman from Indianapolis could find a spot in the rotation this season if he doesn't earn a starting spot. Best of ... Illini No. 37: Adam Solomon, OL read more ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017By digital.media
    4 days ago
  • Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 37, Baylor
    The Bears have a new coach in Matt Rhule, who will try to lead the program forward and away from its trouble off-the-field past Best of ... Teams No. 37: Baylor Coach: Matt Rhule 2016 record: 7-6 Projected 2017 record: 8-4 Circle the date: Sept. 23 vs. Oklahoma Bowl trip: Liberty read more ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017By digital.media
    4 days ago
  • Illini Football Trending Meter: June 2017 update
    There was a huge shake-up to the Illinois recruiting board in June. The Illini also extended a flurry of offers to new targets. Let's check out how the dust settled on the recruiting board and how the Illini are trending with their top targets. With just ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Losing tight end TJ Ivy hurts class of 2018
    One of the players who cut his list to just his top 4, TJ Ivy, made a commitment and it wasn’t to Illinois. In fact, the Illini didn’t even make his top two when it was all said and done. In an interview with 247Sports, Ivy explained the decision. ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Ralen Goforth could be big for 2019
    Family in Decatur Going to Feel This God is Good Grateful to have been Blessed with an offer from The University of Illinois ️#Illini pic.twitter.com/jKAu1MLPit Right now, Goforth has offers not only from Illinois but also from Arizona ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Is offering 10-year old Bunchie Young a bad thing?
    Bunchie Young is a 10-year old pre-teen who hasn’t even hit middle school yet. Lovie Smith and the Illini coaching staff found it helpful to offer this young and talented kid a scholarship so early on in his career. ESPN is reporting that Young received ...
    Published on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illini lift for good cause
    Heather Coit/The News-Gazette Illinois football's Cameron Watkins, center, shows off some dance moves as the Fighting Illini celebrate after  ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illini lift for good cause
    Illinois football players went through their annual Lift for Life fundraiser on Friday at Memorial Stadium, and staff writer Scott Richey caught up a few key players Illinois got a break from its typical summer schedule Friday morning with its sixth annual Lift for Life fundraiser for rare diseases. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY was at Memorial Stadium to get an update on the Illini's offseason — and what's next for Lovie Smith's program: Center of attention read more ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017By digital.media
    4 days ago
  • Honor efforts rekindling for former Illini football star Bill Burrell
    And the two-time all-American for the University of Illinois at least has an outside chance of still making it into the College Football Hall of Fame. ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Juice Williams: Through the years
    Illinois recovered the fumble. USC punished the Illini 49-17.Juice Williams: Through the ... 2007 UI Football Banquet at the Illini Union in Urbana on Dec. 8, 2007.Juice Williams: Through ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Brother of late gridiron great Burrell recalls generosity, work ethic
    After suiting up for the Illini, Burrell was selected in both the NFL and AFL drafts but chose to play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. He was both a linebacker and an offensive guard. After Burrell passed away at the age ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football raises $28500 in support of Acoustic Neuroma awareness and research
    With your help, the Fighting Illini raised about $28,500 worth of funds in support of acoustic neuroma awareness and research, shattering last year's  ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football raises $28,500 in support of Acoustic Neuroma awareness and research
    The 2017 Fighting Illini Lift for Life was a big success on Friday morning. Illinois football’s yearly collaborations with Uplifting Athletes have gone pretty well in the past, but their 2017 event exceeded expectations! With your help, the Fighting Illini raised about $28,500 worth of funds in support of acoustic neuroma awareness and research, shattering last year’s mark of $21,500. Team Crouch FTW! But really everyone wins at #LiftforLife #Illini pic.twitter.com/QxUxNycWI9— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) June 23, 2017 Guys putting in work for a good cause this AM. Lift for Life for @UpliftingAth #Illini pic.twitter.com/yCV7I0V8Xs— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) June 23, 2017 Based on the above tweets from the football team, Team Crouch won the actual weight-lifting contest between the eight squads. However, the real winners on Friday came from Team Allegretti because they managed to raise a staggering $9,241 of donations. TCR sponsored Team Turner in our annual fundraising battle against Illini Board. With your help, we collected a total of $1,640 — that’s pretty fantastic! Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to top our competitors as Team Marchese came out on top with a valiant $4,250. Thanks again to everyone who contributed! Rest assured, ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football raises $28,500 in support of Acoustic Neuroma…
    ...2017 event exceeded expectations! With your help, the Fighting Illini raised about $28,500 worth of funds in support of acoustic neuroma awareness and research, shattering last year’s mark of ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Lift for Life a success again
    L4L.mp4 L4L.jpeg Illinois football held its annual Lift for Life charity fundraiser Friday morning at Memorial Stadium and raised more than $30,000. Hear from event organizer and Illini offensive lineman Nick Allegretti and quarterback Chayce Crouch, a member of the winning team. Illinois football held its annual Lift for Life charity fundraiser Friday morning at Memorial Stadium and raised more than $30,000. Hear from event organizer and Illini offensive lineman Nick Allegretti and quarterback Chayce Crouch, a member of the winning team. Videographer/Producer:  Scott Richey/The News-Gazette ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017By srichey
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Tyleek Collins keeps Illini in top 11
    Tyleek Collins announced via Twitter he has cut his list down to just 11 teams. Those 11 teams consisted of Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State, Ball  ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • PODCAST: Dick Butkus on hall of fame induction
    PODCAST: Dick Butkus on hall of fame induction: Play now!Former Illini football player Dick Butkus talks with the media about his hall of fame induction.DownloadDepending on your browser ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 38, Ahmari Hayes
    Cornerback could vie for playing time in 2017 Best of ... Illini No. 38: Ahmari Hayes, DB read more ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017By mdaniels
    4 days ago
  • Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 38, South Carolina
    The Gamecocks will have quarterback Jake Bentley returning for the 2017 season Best of ... Teams No. 38: South Carolina Coach: Will Muschamp 2016 record: 6-7 Projected 2017 record: 8-4 Circle the date: Nov. 4 at Georgia Bowl trip: Music City read more ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017By mdaniels
    4 days ago
  • Honor efforts rekindling for former Illini football star Bill Burrell
    ...the highest at the time for an Illini or an African-American player.In 1960, he was drafted by ... year.For the last few years, the Illini have had three candidates (Dana Howard, Simeon Rice, Moe ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Rashard Mendenhall ILLINI Football Autograph Game Used Sports cards
    AWESOME collection of Ex Illini Football player Rashard Mendenhall sports cards. I only have some of the Illini uniform cards shown, but have tons of  ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    4 days ago
  • Illinois Football: Tyleek Collins keeps Illini in top 11
    The Illinois football team landed on another class of 2018 recruit’s top list yesterday. Tyleek Collins announced via Twitter he has cut his list down to just 11 teams. Those 11 teams consisted of Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State, Ball State, Troy ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Detroit Lions: Matt Stafford payday coming in light of Derek Carr deal
    He also contributes to college football writing: particularly covering the Illinois Fighting Illini and all things BigTen. Contact him at Michael@outsidepitchsports.com or follow him on Twitter –@MichaelBerms. ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois is recruiting a 10-year-old. Where will Lovie Smith by the time the kid can sign?
    Smith's program is offering a recruit who might not be old enough to sign with a college until 2025. Given Smith's resume and the nature of college football coaching, what are the odds the former Bucs head coach is still with the Illini in eight years? ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    5 days ago
  • High schools: Has your local prep football team’s schedule changed?
    There are some changes in the Three Rivers Conference as Monmouth-Roseville joins the league to replace Amboy-LaMoille, which left to play in the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference Northwest Division. M-R will play in the Mississippi Division with St ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois football apparently offers scholarship to fourth grader
    With former NFL head coach Lovie Smith at the helm, it appears as though the Illinois Fighting Illini football team isn’t messing around. Or are they? The Fighting Illini have apparently offered a scholarship to a 10-year-old youth football player. ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois football reportedly offered a fourth-grader a scholarship
    Illinois is very bad at football. The Fighting Illini haven’t had a winning season since 2011 and haven’t won more than seven games since 2007. So how do they stick out to recruits? Apparently by going after a 10-year-old who is faster than other 10 ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Counting down the Top 100 Big Ten football players: Nos. 90-81
    Before Simeon Rice became one of the best pass rushers in NFL history, he terrorized quarterbacks in the Big Ten for the Illini. He is the conference leader with 44.5 career sacks, though it was not an official stat until 2000. Rice’s best season was ...
    Published on Friday, June 23, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Bunchie Young’s Trainer Says Illinois Football Offered 10-Year-Old a Scholarship
    ... and track star Bunchie Young, told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg on Thursday that his client received a scholarship offer from the Illinois Fighting Illini. ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illini make offer to 10-year-old, trainer says
    Illini make offer to 10-year-old, trainer saysIllini make offer to 10-year-old, trainer says... ESPN.com - College Football - 2017.06.23 ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Fighting Illini make scholarship offer to Bunchie Young, 10
    Illinois has offered a scholarship to 10-year-old youth football star Bunchie Young, according to Young's trainer. Mike Evans of Los Angeles-based  ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Bunchie Young’s Trainer Says Illinois Football Offered 10-Year-Old a…
    ...client received a scholarship offer from the Illinois Fighting Illini.The confirmation comes a day after Evans relayed word of the offer on Twitter:Mike Evans 10 year old Bunchie Young offer to ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illini Football Hill Workouts | Summer 2017
    The Fighting Illini football doing work on the hill at Colbert Park in June, 2017. ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • IHSA makes day of football fans
    We’ll talk NIB-12 and Big Northern football on Tuesday, Three Rivers on Wednesday, and close it out with a trip through the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference on Thursday. After that, check out Friday’s and Saturday’s papers as we reveal our Male ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Fighting Illini make scholarship offer to 10-year-old
    Illinois has offered a scholarship to 10-year-old youth football star Bunchie Young, according to Young's trainer. Mike Evans of Los Angeles-based LacedFacts Training confirmed the offer to ESPN, saying Illinois coaches had seen Young's highlight videos on ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • UI AD participating in hockey press conference
    Event set for 4 p.m. in Chicago CHICAGO — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman will be one of six people to appear 4 p.m. Friday in a press conference in support of college hockey at the United Center before the 2017 NHL Draft begins at 6 p.m. A "special announcement" will be made at that time, but no further details were provided for the event hosted by the NHL and NHLPA. read more ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017By srichey
    5 days ago
  • Football: Scouting every game on Northwestern’s 2017 schedule
    The Cats have won four of the last five meetings with their in-state rivals and Illinois coach Lovie Smith will need to work some magic to reverse that trend this year, as the Fighting Illini are losing their quarterback, two of their top three receivers ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Kansas Jayhawks’ football stadium to get $300 million renovation
    Illini change plans for facilities: Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center. ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • It’s time that Syracuse and Illinois have a conversation
    This month, we’re taking the Illinois Fighting Illini to task over this nonsense...Poster are here! #Illini #WeWillWin pic.twitter.com/eGHiOdM9ak— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) June 21 ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • 10-year-old athlete reportedly receives football scholarship offer…
    The fourth-grader reportedly scooped up the offer from the Fighting Illini in May, according to sports trainer Mike Evans of LacedFacts Training Facility. The offer was also retweeted by Illinois ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Football ditches helmet stripes for second season under Lovie Smith
    The Fighting Illini also unveiled their 2017 schedule poster. Fans can order them online (free + shipping and handling) at this link, or they can pick  ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Illinois Football Single-Game Tickets On Sale Wednesday
    Single-game tickets for Fighting Illini football's 2017 season go on sale to all fans Wednesday, June 28 at 9 a.m. CT. Single-game tickets start as low as $20 for non-conference games or $35 for Big Ten competition. Fighting Illini I FUND donors will enjoy ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    5 days ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 39, Carmoni Green, WR
    The receiver doubled down on his chances to contribute right away by enrolling early Our countdown continues ... No. 39: Carmoni Green, WR read more ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017By digital.media
    6 days ago
  • Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 39, Arkansas
    It was supposed to click last year, but the Razorbacks took some bad losses Our countdown continues ... No. 39: Arkansas Coach: Bret Bielema 2016 record: 7-6 Projected 2017 record: 8-4 Circle the date: Oct. 14 at Alabama Bowl trip: TaxSlayer read more ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017By digital.media
    6 days ago
  • High School Football Schedules Released
    *October 20 -- Argenta-Oreana, 7 p.m.Newton EaglesNewton competes in the Little Illini Conference along with Red Hill (Bridgeport), Casey-Westfield, Flora, Lawrenceville, Marshall, Olney, Paris ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Counting down the Top 100 Big Ten football players: Nos. 100-91
    The second of three Williams brothers from California to suit up for the Illini, the mark of the middle brother — 6-foot-3 David, Illinois’ go-to wideout from 1983-85 — is still being felt in Champaign. Despite the proliferation of the passing game ...
    Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Fighting Illini Football: 2018 recruiting class finally starting to take shape
    Prior to this month the Illinois football 2018 recruiting class consisted of two players. This had the Illini faithful a bit concerned. The concern may now  ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Three-star WR Carlos Sandy commits to Illini Football
    Three-star WR Carlos Sandy commits to Illini FootballLovie Smith and the Fighting Illini added a verbal commitment 2018 three-star wide receiver Carlos Sandy (FL) on Wednesday night. The ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Start football trip planning now
    ...battle for the top of the new Illini Prairie Conference. If not the anticipated rematch, how... graduated. If not the Okaw turned Illini Prairie matchup, how about: Danville at Centennial or ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • WR Carlos Sandy commits to Illini
    The Illinois football team received another commitment tonight. Carlos Sandy decided to pledge his commitment to the Illini. ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Football: WR Carlos Sandy commits to Illini
    Carlos Sandy took to Twitter to announce he is committing to play football for Lovie Smith and the Illini. This was a nice commitment for Illinois because  ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Florida receiver commits to Illini
    Three-star prospect sixth member of 2018 class CHAMPAIGN — Lovie Smith signed seven players out of Florida in his first recruiting class at Illinois. Landing more prospects out of an always loaded crop from the Sunshine State has become a point of emphasis with scores of recruits targeted. read more ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017By srichey
    6 days ago
  • 2018 three-star WR Carlos Sandy commits to Illinois Football
    The Fort Lauderdale product is the sixth member of Illinois’ 2018 recruiting class. Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini added a verbal commitment 2018 three-star wide receiver Carlos Sandy (FL) on Wednesday night. The 5-foot-9 Fort Lauderdale product is rated as the No. 1632 overall player in the nation by 247Sports. Sandy’s only other Power 5 scholarship offer was from Syracuse. According to Scout, though, schools like Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, and Toledo were also involved. NOT AN EASY DECISION, PLEASE RESPECT❗️ pic.twitter.com/y3XZuIoTli— Los 1️⃣ (@CGLos_1) June 22, 2017 “First and foremost, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent to play the game of football. I want to thank my loving family who has supported me throughout my entire football career. I would also like to show appreciation to my high school coaches for assisting me throughout the process, without them I wouldn’t have been given this amazing opportunity. Special thanks to coach Ron, the very first coach to teach me the game of football. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank Coach Lovie, Coach McGee, Coach Stoker, and Coach Ward for recruiting me as strongly as they ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    6 days ago
  • Illini Football: Illinois Football
    Poster are here! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/eGHiOdM9ak— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) June 21, 2017 ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Fighting Illini Football: 2018 recruiting class finally starting to take shape
    Prior to this month the Illinois football 2018 recruiting class consisted of two players. This had the Illini faithful a bit concerned. The concern may now be starting to dwindle as Illinois has received its fourth commitment this month with today’s ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Football: WR Carlos Sandy commits to Illini
    The Illinois football team added another member to the family tonight. Carlos Sandy took to Twitter to announce he is committing to play football for Lovie Smith and the Illini. This was a nice commitment for Illinois because Sandy had scholarship offers ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini building $60-80mil football only facility
    The arms race continues. http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170621/illini-plan-performance-center-not-football-stadium-renovations. ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illini plan performance center, not football stadium renovations
    Illinois' Memorial Stadium is seen before the start of the NCAA college football game against Charleston Southern Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 in  ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Illinois Football: 7 recruits who have Illini on top list
    These recruiting battles are for some talented players who would benefit the Illini greatly. Illinois needs a lot of help in many different areas on the team  ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • New Fighting Illini Football Poster & Wallpapers Now Available
    Illinois Athletics unveiled its first of many posters for the 2017-18 athletics year with the new Fighting Illini football poster. "In the sports design world, it's always a competition of who can make the best poster," said Creative Director Eduardo ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    6 days ago
  • Southwestern WR J.P Vaught showed off blazing speed at Illinois Fighting Illini camp
    J.P. Vaught already is a state-champion sprinter. Now, he’s trying to prove that his speed can translate onto the football field. Vaught showed off his wheels at Illinois’ Friday Night Lights showcase camp, when he ran his 40-yard dash with times of ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Illini plan performance centre, not stadium renovations
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance centre. Whitman on Tuesday said ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Whitman calling an audible on Memorial Stadium renovation
    This project is another example of the commitment the Illini athletic director has for the football program. It's also an avenue to keep up with some of the elite programs in the country who have made significant investments to their football facilities to ...
    Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 40, North Carolina
    One-time Illinois offensive coordinator Fedora needs to totally start over with the skill positions. Our preseason countdown continues ... No. 40: North Carolina Coach: Larry Fedora 2016 record: 8-5 Projected 2017 record: 8-4 Circle the date: Oct. 7 vs. Notre Dame Bowl trip: Sun read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017By digital.media
    7 days ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 40, Cameron Thomas, QB
    The Marian Catholic grad has the distinction of being the first quarterback recruit in the Lovie Smith era. Our preseason countdown continues ... No. 40: Cameron Thomas, QB read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017By digital.media
    7 days ago
  • Illini alter plans, will build football performance center
    Fans watch the University of Illinois football team play Wisconsin in a 2015 game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Illinois athletic director Josh  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    7 days ago
  • Illinois unveils ‘Football Performance Center’ plans
    CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- The University of Illinois is changing the direction of its Memorial Stadium renovation plans, Illini athletic director Josh Whitman  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini change Memorial Stadium renovation plans
    The Illini have postponed plans to renovate the south horseshoe of Memorial Stadium with an attached football training facility and grandstand. ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Support Team Turner in the 2017 Illinois Lift for Life!
    The Fighting Illini will raise money on Friday morning to help combat acoustic neuroma. Attention, Champaigniacs. It’s time to gather your weapons and defend our honor against Illini Board. The annual Illinois Football Lift for Life will take place at Memorial Stadium on Friday morning, and we’ll once again be participating in a fundraising battle against Robert’s rag-tag army of misguided hooligans. This year, we’ll be adopting Team Turner. Illini Board has selected Team Marchese. It's Lift For Life week which means one thing: we challenge @Champaign_Room to see who can raise more money. RT plz. https://t.co/vH3FH7tVG3— Robert (@ALionEye) June 20, 2017 For those that aren’t familiar with this event, Illinois joined Uplifting Athletes in 2012 to help raise awareness and funds for research that combats acoustic neuroma, a rare and nasty disease that cost former Illini lineman Andrew Carter his college career. So how can you help? Well, there are two different options this year. The first is through a pledge/rep; your total contribution will be determined based on how well Team Turner can bench press (estimated total of 170 reps). That means a $.50/rep pledge would equate to a roughly $85 donation. You can ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    1 week ago
  • Illini alter plans, will build football performance center
    CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois has changed its plans to renovate Memorial Stadium. Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman revealed Tuesday during an informal news conference that the school has postponed upgrades to the south horseshoe and east ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Football: Memorial Stadium Renovation Postponed
    Change of football facility plans for . Whitman discussed details this morning. https://t.co/Hz8PWk7QSfJune 20, 2017 ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Josh Whitman: ‘We need our fans to show up’
    Illini athletics director Josh Whitman discusses the long-road rebuild for Illini football -- and how he needs fans to help ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football postpones $132 million renovation project at Memorial Stadium
    Instead, the Fighting Illini will construct a stand-alone performance center attached to the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility. The project, which will cost an  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • AD Josh Whitman announces Illinois football facility plans have…
    ...plan has changed course.The Illini have indefinitely postponed their plans for a Memorial ... preliminary work started by former Illini athletics director Mike Thomas .The change of plans was ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Change of football facility plans for Illini
    Illini will postpone Memorial Stadium renovation and construct new stand-alone football performance center attached to indoor practice facility ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Memorial Stadium Renovation Postponed
    Change of football facility plans for #illini . Whitman discussed details this morning. https://t.co/Hz8PWk7QSf— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) June 20, 2017 ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football postpones $132 million renovation project at…
    ...Stadium have been postponed indefinitely.Instead, the Fighting Illini will construct a stand-alone performance center attached to the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility. The project, which will cost an ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini change Memorial Stadium renovation plans
    Illinois has changed plans for a multimillion dollar football-facilities project, athletic director Josh Whitman said Tuesday. The Illini have postponed plans to renovate the south horseshoe of Memorial Stadium with an attached football training facility ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football: Jordyn Slaughter is what the Illini needed
    The offensive line is an area the Illinois football team needs to address moving forward. This is an area that had some bright moments last season but  ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 41: Frank Sumpter, DB
    Sumpter played primarily on special teams during the 2016 season, but the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder did spend some time at nickelback in the Illinois secondary despite missing three games with an injury. Our preseason countdown continues: No. 41: Frank Sumpter, DB read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • Top 50 most important teams: No. 41 Ole Miss
    Hugh Freeze is No. 1 on the current coaches hot seat rankings. And he has just 11 returning starters. Our preseason countdown continues: No. 41: Mississippi Coach: Hugh Freeze 2016 record: 5-7 Projected 2017 record: 8-4 Circle the date: Oct. 21 vs. LSU Bowl trip: Independence read more ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • U of I postpones south end zone renovations at Memorial Stadium
    ...of football facility plans for #illini . Whitman discussed details this morning ... @JWernerScout) June 20, 2017#Illini have postponed renovations at Memorial Stadium. A $60-80 ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • College Football odds to win the National Championship 6.20.17
    ...WAVE Kansas JAYHAWKS Rutgers SCARLET KNIGHTS Illinois FIGHTING ILLINI Purdue BOILERMAKERS Western Kentucky HILLTOPPERS Louisiana Tech BULLDOGS Army BLACK KNIGHTS 5000-1 Wyoming COWBOYS 5000-1 Air ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Lessons learned: USC Trojans hope to start 2017 on the right foot
    He also contributes to college football writing: particularly covering the Illinois Fighting Illini and all things BigTen. Contact him at Michael@outsidepitchsports.com or follow him on Twitter –@MichaelBerms. ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football: Jordyn Slaughter is what the Illini needed
    The offensive line is an area the Illinois football team needs to address moving forward. This is an area that had some bright moments last season but overall, was kind of a disappointment. Most of that group returns minus a few who graduated like Austin ...
    Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illini Change Memorial Stadium Renovation Plans
    ...football-facilities project, athletic director Josh Whitman said Tuesday. The Illini have postponed plans to renovate the south horseshoe of Memorial Stadium with an attached football training ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Comment on Illini change Memorial Stadium renovation plans
    ...football-facilities project, athletic director Josh Whitman said Tuesday. The Illini have postponed plans to renovate the south horseshoe of Memorial Stadium with an attached football training ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • June 22 Ask the Sports Editor chat
    Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 2:00pmNow that Lovie Smith's 2018 recruiting class is now up to five commits, including his first from outside Illinois, what's next for the Illini football staff? What should be priority No. 1 the rest of the summer before training camp? What types of coverage would you like to see in the News-Gazette? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels tackles your questions in his 2 p.m. read more ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017By srichey
    1 week ago
  • Football star returns home to Maple City
    ...during his time for the Fighting Illini. Blackman started at guard on the offensive line his final ... got to know Monmouth native (and Illini teammate) J.P. Machado.“J.P. was a heck of an athlete,” ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • The Top 10 Illinois Football uniforms of all-time, ranked
    What is the best uniform that Illinois has ever worn on the gridiron? Uniforms have become a huge talking point around the college football landscape. They used to simply be just that, uniforms, but that has changed and today they are key factors in branding for athletic programs and recruiting. The Fighting Illini have worn many and, well, let’s just be nice and say inconsistently designed uniforms over the course of their history. I combed through that history of Illinois Football uniforms — from this ugly one to this crime against humanity — in order to answer the question: what is the best Illinois Football uniform of all time? Let’s kick off this party with number 10. 10. 2006-2012 Orange-Blue-Blue Facebook.com/IlliniFootball Even though Illinois’ first color will always be orange, it’s great when the team mixes up the uniforms and brings out the blue. Back when I played EA Sports NCAA Football (RIP) I wore these uniforms in all five Illinois National Championships I won in Dynasty mode, which alone makes this combo worthy of being on this list. 9. 2006-2012 Orange-White-White Matt Sullivan/Reuters This is the uniform combo that Illinois wore when they beat No. 1 Ohio State on ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017By Brandon Birkhead
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Fighting Illini Football Schedule for Watching on TV & Online
    It doesn't matter if you live 1,000 miles from Illinois, you can still see Fighting Illini games on TV*. DISH offers a number of packages that give you the  ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • University of Illinois (University of Illinois) Tickets
    ...2:01pmView TicketsNorthwestern Wildcats at Illinois Fighting Illini FootballMemorial Stadium Illinois - Champaign, ILSat Nov 25 2017, 2:00pmView TicketsPARKING PASSES ONLY Northwestern at ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football: Illini will be okay after Nation and McGriff transfer
    Jeremy Werner of Scout broke the news that Tre Nation and MJ McGriff are both transferring from the Illinois football program. This news now leaves  ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 42, Griffin Palmer, TE
    Targeting tight ends is always a point of emphasis, at least it seems, once training camp arrives each summer for the Illini. No. 42: Griffin Palmer, TE read more ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football: Illini will be okay after Nation and McGriff…
    Jeremy Werner of Scout broke the news that Tre Nation and MJ McGriff are both transferring from the Illinois football program. This news now leaves two more scholarships to be filled for the class of ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Illinois Football: Illini will be okay after Nation and McGriff transfer
    The Illinois football team suffered a few transfers over the weekend. Jeremy Werner of Scout broke the news that Tre Nation and MJ McGriff are both transferring from the Illinois football program. This news now leaves two more scholarships to be filled for ...
    Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Nation, McGriff leaving Illini football program
    CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- The Illinois football team have a couple more open scholarships after running back Tre Nation and wide receiver MJ McGriff  ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Jim Dey: A fresh start in C-U for Lovelace
    Now the lawyer and former University of Illinois football star is trying to rebuild his life and career. Former #Illini cleared of murder tells Jim Dey that his story 'needs to be told.' Now living in C-U. https://t.co/fIz20BXH1V pic.twitter.com/BWkWhDSsH4 ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Nation, McGriff leaving Illini football program
    CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- The Illinois football team have a couple more open scholarships after running back Tre Nation and wide receiver MJ McGriff left the program. Nation ran for 59 yards on 11 carries in his freshman season. McGriff suffered an injury during ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Tre Nation, MJ McGriff transferring from Illinois Football
    The two second year players were recruited by Bill Cubit, but they never played for the former head coach. Two Fighting Illini football players have left the program. The team confirmed on Sunday that sophomore wide receiver Tre Nation and redshirt-freshman M.J. McGriff plan to transfer from the school and are no longer listed on the official roster page. BREAKING: RB Tre Nation, WR MJ McGriff have left the #Illini football program. Both signed with Bill Cubit in 2016.https://t.co/hytxhdpyBg— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) June 18, 2017 Nation, a former three-star prospect from Alabama, ran for 59 yards on 11 carries during Illinois’ first three games of the 2016 season. He did not appear in the final eight games. McGriff has already informed Illini Inquirer that he plans to transfer to Akron. The 5-foot-8 Florida native was recruited heavily by the Zips out of high school, so that move makes sense from a relationship standpoint. Both Nation and McGriff signed to play for former head coach Bill Cubit in February 2016. Obviously, Cubit was fired mere months after signing a two-year extension so the duo never had a chance to play for him. These defections open up two ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    1 week ago
  • Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: LT Bonner
    A former Fighting Illini football letterman who became a Hall of Famer as a multi-sport official was born on his date in 1932. Lory Thomas “L.T.” Bonner,  ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 43, Iowa
    Kirk Ferentz will have a new quarterback, but the Hawkeyes should once again be a solid team this fall. Best of ... teams No. 43: Iowa Coach: Kirk Ferentz 2016 record: 8-5 Projected 2017 record: 9-3 Circle the date: Nov. 11 at Wisconsin Bowl trip: Holiday read more ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017By mdaniels
    1 week ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 43, Mike Epstein
    True freshman running back from Florida has stayed loyal to the Illini for some time. Best of ... Illini No. 43: Mike Epstein, RB read more ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017By mdaniels
    1 week ago
  • Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: L.T. Bonner
    A look back at a former Illinois athlete who became a well-known official. A former Fighting Illini football letterman who became a Hall of Famer as a multi-sport official was born on his date in 1932. Lory Thomas “L.T.” Bonner, born in Fulton, Ky., and a star at Zion High School, played for Illinois head coach Ray Eliot and lettered in 1957 and ’58. read more ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017By mdaniels
    1 week ago
  • Top 50 most important teams: No. 43, Iowa
    2016 record: 8-5; projected 2017 record: 9-3 No. 43: Iowa Coach: Kirk Ferentz 2016 record: 8-5 Projected 2017 record: 9-3 Circle the date: Nov. 11 at Wisconsin Bowl trip: Holiday read more ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017By digital.media
    1 week ago
  • ‘She’s going to fly’
    8 million-mile Atlantis adventure: an Illini hockey jersey, in honor of the club team he played ... From walk-on defensive back to Illini football captain, from 12 years of NASA rejection letters to ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • End of a career? Former Texas QB Vince Young suffers horrific injury in Canadian Football League
    Michael Berns is Editor in Chief of Endzonescore.com. He also contributes to college football writing: particularly covering the Illinois Fighting Illini and all things BigTen. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter –@MichaelBerms. ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Chicago Bears: If healthy, defense has potential to be one of better units in league in 2017
    Todd Thorstenson is a staff writer covering the Chicago Bears as well as Illinois Fighting Illini football for EndZoneScore.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Thor1323 End Zone Score Illinois Fighting Illini and Chicago Bears staff writer Todd Thorstenson is a ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Michael Luzenske
    Michael had a deep passion for Illini football and spent many Saturdays during the fall at ... Champaign and shared his love of the Illini with the kids he worked with. He was also fond of ...
    Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017
    1 week ago
  • 2017 Big Ten Conference Football Betting Preview
    ...country last year (29.2 percent of players that started games for the Illini), his troops were ranked No. 127 (2nd last) in the nation in first down offense, and also No. 127 in 3rd down conversion ...
    Published on Saturday, June 17, 2017
    1 week ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 44, Trenard Davis
    Former defensive back and wide receiver will enter 2017 season at quarterback No. 44: Trenard, Davis, QB read more ...
    Published on Saturday, June 17, 2017By mdaniels
    2 weeks ago
  • Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 44, Colorado
    The Buffaloes, with former Illini Rick George as their athletic director, are primed for another solid season this fall. No. 44: Colorado Coach: Mike MacIntyre 2016 record: 10-4 Projected 2017 record: 9-3 Circle the date: Nov. 11 vs. Southern Cal Bowl trip: Holiday read more ...
    Published on Saturday, June 17, 2017By mdaniels
    2 weeks ago
  • Illinois Football: Jakari Norwood commitment is for the future
    Jakari Norwood announced via Twitter that he has committed to play football for Illinois in 2018. This was a nice commitment for the Illini. He ended up picking the Illini over his offer scholarship offers of Bowling Green, Morgan State, North Carolina ...
    Published on Saturday, June 17, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Illini Football Promotion Schedule Additions
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Following the release of four home game times, Fighting Illini Athletics has added elements to the promotional schedule for the  ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Lovie lands pair of recruits
    Jakari Norwood, Jordyn Slaughter both pledge to the Illini on Friday afternoon CHAMPAIGN — From offer to committment, it didn’t take long for Jakari Norwood or Jordyn Slaughter to make up their mind about where they wanted to play college football. And that is Illinois. read more ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017By mdaniels
    2 weeks ago
  • Recruiting Lounge: Standouts, impressions from Illini football Friday Night Lights camp
    The Illini Recruiting Lounge is an exclusive, premium feature at IlliniInquirer.com. The Inquirer staff works really hard to provide as much information as possible to you die-hard Illini fans to basically give you as close of an "inside look" as ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Three-star OL Jordyn Slaughter commits to Illinois Football
    The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Illinois native plays for Belleville Althoff. Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini added a big in-state lineman to their 2018 recruiting class on Friday night. According to Illini Inquirer, three-star offensive tackle Jordyn Slaughter has given a verbal commitment to the program just one week after receiving a scholarship offer. According to 247Sports, Slaughter is the No. 1236 overall player in the class. He had other offers on the table from Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois, and Toledo. Vanderbilt is also listed as having expressed interest. Ready to Build something GREAT #WeWillWin pic.twitter.com/VjG2hHZDno— SLAUGHTER (@J_Slaughter66) June 16, 2017 “First and foremost I would like to thank the man above for allowing me to play this great game of football. And allowing me to build great relationships with Coaches and players around the Country. The day my grandfather passed I promised that I would play this game for him. I want to especially thank Coach T for molding me into the man I am today. I would also like to thank Coach Campbell for making into this fine player that I am today. Last I would like to thank ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    2 weeks ago
  • Florida RB Jakari Norwood commits to Illinois Football
    The 5-foot-10 playmaker is the first of two commitments for Illinois tonight. Illinois football is hosting a camp at Memorial Stadium on Friday night, and they’ve already received two verbal commitments from 2018 recruits. The first, Florida running back Jakari Norwood, announced his pledge to the Orange and Blue via Twitter. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect is currently unranked by 247Sports. According to Scout, though, he had additional scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Morgan State, North Carolina Central, and Southern Mississippi. Purdue was the only other Power 5 program listed as ‘interested’ on his profile page. BEACH BOY #3 @DB_BucksFB @GarrickMcGee @CedrickLee3 @HamiltonESPN pic.twitter.com/ofEW6g0Uat— Jakari Norwood (@jakari_norwood3) June 16, 2017 “First off I would like to thank God for putting me in the position that I’m in today because without him none of this would be possible. I also would like to thank my family, coaches, and all the schools that offered me football scholarships to attend their school. After talking it over with my Mom and my Deerfield Beach coaches I have decided to commit to the University of Illinois!” Three-star offensive lineman Jordyn Slaughter is the other new commitment; we’ll have more information on ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017By Jim Vainisi
    2 weeks ago
  • Althoff lineman commits to Illini
    Althoff offensive lineman Jordyn Slaughter saw no point in dragging out the college recruitment process. Almost as soon as the University of Illinois and head football coach Lovie Smith made him an offer, Slaughter gave them his verbal commitment. ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Illinois football: What does success look like in Lovie Smith’s second year?
    Off to the NFL are elite edge rushers Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips. The Illini lose a lot of talent from a team that didn't look all that great in 2016. ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017
    2 weeks ago
  • Top 50 most important Illini: No. 45, Austin Roberts
    Illinois fullback returns after knee injury forced him to miss most of 2016 season No. 45: Austin Roberts, RB read more ...
    Published on Friday, June 16, 2017By digital.media
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  • Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 45, Arizona State
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