Posted February 26, 2012 on
Former Fighting Illini basketball players continue to support the program long after graduation. Among those in attendance at a recent Illini game was Marcus Griffin. The Peoria native remains loyal despite being unable to play significant minutes in college due to knee surgery. He is recovering from major heart surgery and dreams of becoming a TV commentator.
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Fighting Illini basketball coach Bruce Weber is working to keep his job at Illinois while wolves growl angrily at his door. A number of fans feel entitled to more wins, and they demand better recruiting results, especially in talent-rich Chicago. Windy City talent evaluator Joe Henricksen provides sobering thoughts on the shape of the program and potential for the future.
Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus is one of a handful of pass rushers clocking very good 40 times at the NFL Combine.
Mercilus unofficially ran a 4.65 and a 4.63 for his pair of 40 times. Nick Perry’s unofficial 4.5 and Bruce Irvin’s unofficial 4.43 are the fastest for the position thus far.
After only two months on the job, the Fighting Illini football coaching staff hosted one of the largest groups of juniors in recent years in Champaign as Illinois basketball faced Iowa at the Assembly Hall. One of the headliners of that group was star St. Louis running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The Fighting Illini basketball team needs your help. After losing 6 games in a row and 9 of 10, confidence is low. The team still has potential for excellence, but it needs a spark only a supportive fan base can provide Sunday at the Assembly Hall. That's when surging Iowa invades. Yes, the Hawkeyes. Whatever else has happened, Illini Nation can always fire up for Iowa.
Whitney Mercilus of Illinois was one of the best pass rushers in college football last season, and he’s showing at the Scouting Combine that he has just the kind of quick first step that NFL teams look for in a pass rusher. Mercilus ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.63 seconds, but…
Meyers Leonard had 22 points and 14 rebounds off the bench as Illinois defeated Iowa 65-54 on Sunday night to end a six-game losing streak. The Illini (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) hadn't won in February and had lost nine of 10 since defeating Ohio State in early January. Brandon Paul added 17 points and D.J.
Eight members of the Fighting Illini swimming and diving team competed at the Last Chance Meet Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. Three freshmen posted personal bests, as the Orange and Blue swimmers wrapped up their 2011-12 campaign.
The Fighting Illini women's tennis team (6-3) captured a convincing 4-0 win over No. 40 Princeton (5-4) before dropping a 4-3 thriller to No. 20 Alabama (5-1) on Saturday at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.