Found February 19, 2012 on
The Illinois Fighting Illini's once promising season has come cascading down and has ultimately hit rock bottom and questions regarding the future of Bruce Weber as the team's coach are at an all time high.
And evidently, after getting drubbed 80-57 on the road against a Nebraska team that really is not very good, things came to such a boiling point that many of the Illini players found themselves crying in the locker room, according to AP reports.
Weber was quick to defend the outpouring of emotion by his players after Saturday's game, even though the Illini played with very little emotion against a 12-13 Nebraska team on Saturday and have clearly underachieved all season.
"For the most part all year, we've competed with everybody. I think the doubt just hit us. The weight of the world came tumbling down, and we couldn't stop it."
The Illini have now dropped five in a row and are just 16-11 on the season. Their NCAA Tournament outlook looks bleak ...
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It's been awhile since we last heard from sports announcer Gus Johnson but he had another classic Gus call during a Big Ten men's basketball game on Wednesday night.
Illinois Joseph Bertrand slammed home an impressive one-handed dunk against Purdue and Gus got a little excited about it:
(Courtesy of Run The Floor)
The Fighting Illini football program hasn't recruited many Texas players, but it plans an expanded presence in that talent-rich state under new coach Tim Beckman. No less than three coaches have been assigned areas in Texas. Among early offers for Texans is standout Dallas quarterback Devante Kincade.
The Fighting Illini football team is on a perennial quest for talent. Tim Beckman is an enthusiastic recruiter, and he has attracted his like kind among his assistants. But none feel as deeply about the University of Illinois and the need for top athletes to play for their home state school than offensive line coach Luke Butkus. This is part two of a three-part series.
The Fighting Illini wrap up their weekend at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge against No. 27 St. John's on Sunday.
The Fighting Illini continue play at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge against No. 27 Louisville on Saturday.
The Fighting Illini basketball team makes its first ever trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Cornhuskers Saturday afternoon. While that would normally be a story unique enough by itself, it pales compared with the subplot regarding the Illini's desperate need to win games and the ongoing uncertainty over the future of their head coach.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team ended the final day of the Big Ten Championships in 10th place (84 points). Sophomore Jessica Holz and junior Erin Rodriguez each earned second swims for the Orange and Blue and climbed Illinois' all-time fastest performance lists, while the 400 free relay team broke the school record to earn 10th place overall for the Illini.
The frustration from earlier this week melted into hopelessness as Illinois center Meyers Leonard sat dejected with his warmup shirt over his head in tears with more than three minutes to play.
Fighting Illini newcomer C.J. Maestas garnered his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor of 2012 for his stellar performance against No. 2 Penn State over the weekend, the conference office announced Monday.