Posted December 20, 2011 on
While one set of coaches prepares the Fighting Illini football team for it's bowl game against UCLA on New Year's Eve, another is getting organized to take over next year. New coach Tim Beckman announced two more members of his staff today and provided an update on his plans for recruiting and coaching his new team.

Meyers Leonard could decide Braggin' Rights

Frank Haith, meet Meyers Leonard. Leonard is a college hoops oddity. It's not just that Illinois' 7-1, 245-pound sophomore big man who has to beat NBA recruiters off with a bat is good at what he does -- Leonard's block rate (10.4 percent) is 35th nationally, only a bit better than his defensive rebounding rate (24.7 percent) that's good for 48th nationally...

Illini add assistants but short at back for bowl

Illinois may be thin at running back for its New Year's Eve bowl game against UCLA. Interim head coach Vic Koenning said starting fullback Jay Prosch is hospitalized with a staph infection while starting tailback Jason Ford may be academically ineligible for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Prosch was hospitalized Dec. 14, Illinois sports information director Kent Brown said, and...

Weber: Meyers Leonard Focusing Too Much On NBA Future

Illinois coach Bruce Weber questioned Meyers Leonard's maturity.

Tim Beckman Impresses Joe Spencer

New Fighting Illini football coach Tim Beckman has needed to catch up with recruiting since taking the job. That is especially true for the previous commitments, some of whom have been wavering since the coaching change. He acted quickly to reassure offensive lineman Joseph Spencer's commitment.

New Assistant Golesh Attacking Recruiting

New Fighting Illini football coach Tim Beckman has now announced three members of his assistant coaching staff. Alex Golesh was the tight end coach and recruiting coordinator last year at Toledo, and he joins Beckman at Illinois. He is unsure what position he will coach, but he will be the recruiting coordinator. He talks about recruiting plans in this interview.

Illini Find A Way To Overcome Cornell At End

The Fighting Illini pulled out a 64-60 victory over Cornell Monday night, but the win did nothing to restore confidence in a team that is clearly struggling at the moment. The Illini are becoming the gang that couldn't shoot straight, needing a late rally to overcome a second straight ineffective shooting night. The upperclassmen came through down the stretch to prevent another loss.

Illini's Henry likely back for bowl

Recovery from gunshot wound going well so linebacker has 'very good chance' to playBecause of his quick recovery from a gunshot wound, doctors told Illinois linebacker Trulon Henry Wednesday that he has a "very good chance" to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA on Dec. 31, according to a source.

M. Basketball. Braggin' Rights Up for Grabs Thursday

Braggin' Rights are on the line Thursday, Dec. 22 when the Tigers face the Illinois Fighting Illini at 8 p.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Tigers face Illinois Fighting Illini: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Dec 22, 9:00 PM | Scottrade Center Missouri Tigers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds 11-0TEAM RECORD11-1 College hoops betting interest focuses on the Illinois vs Missouri battle Thursday at Scottrade Center as the Fighting Illini look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread. Scottrade Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup...

Football. Beckman Adds Ward, Golesh to Coaching Staff

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced today the addition of Mike Ward and Alex Golesh to the Fighting Illini football coaching staff as assistant coaches.

Zeph Grimes Benefits From Redshirt Season

When football recruits travel long distance to play for the Fighting Illini, there is always a concern homesickness will prevent a proper adjustment to college. That does not appear to be the case for South Carolina SAM linebacker Zeph Grimes. He earned the Scout Team Defensive Player Of The Year Award and is eager to compete for playing time beginning next semester.

M. Cross Country; Track & Field. 2011 Cross Country Season in Review

Here's a look back on the 2011 Fighting Illini men's cross country team season under first year head coach Gavin Kennedy.

Leonard helps Illini rally past Cornell (AP)

Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Illinois to a 64-60 victory over Cornell on Monday night. After trailing for the most of the game, Illinois (11-1) was sparked by D.J. Richardson's nine points in the second half and narrowly avoided its second consecutive loss.

Richardson helps No. 24 Illinois escape Cornell

Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Illinois to a 64-60 victory over Cornell on Monday night.

Richardson's spurt pushes Illinois past Cornell

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Illinois to a 64-60 victory over Cornell on Monday night.
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