Posted December 04, 2011 on
Whenever the Fighting Illini search for a new head football coach, they invariably are attracted to one or more coaches with an Ohio background. No wonder, given all the talent in the state and all the top coaches produced there. One of the latest to attract major college interest is Toledo's Tim Beckman, who has enjoyed success both as a head coach and a recruiter.

University of Illinois Official Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Email

Many Michigan fans received an email from the Alumni Association and/or the Athletic Department about tickets for Michigan's Sugar Bowl appearance and bowl tour packages.  Pretty exciting stuff. Of course, not all bowl games are created equal.  In an MZone exclusive, we have obtained the bowl email the University of Illinois sent to its alumni and fans.  You'll notice...

Illini center Leonard wins Big Ten weekly award

Illinois center Meyers Leonard won co-player of the week in the Big Ten following his dominant performances in the Illini's victories against Maryland and No. 19 Gonzaga.

All-America Honors 1st Of Many For Mercilus

Another day, another honor for Fighting Illini defensive end Whitney Mercilus. Today he was named to the AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America first team. The Akron, Ohio, native had no idea he would have this much success during his college career. But after leading the nation in sacks and forced fumbles, the honors bestowed upon him now are inevitable.

Illini Seek Magical Effort In House Of 'Paign

The young Fighting Illini basketball team has enjoyed a quick early start to the season, going 7-0. But now the schedule toughens. Nationally ranked Gonzaga travels to the Assembly Hall to tangle with the Illini for the third time in recent years. Have the Illini learned enough to compete successfully with a top team? We will find out Saturday afternoon.

UI Accepts Bid To Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

It's finally official. The Fighting Illini football team has been named to play UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco December 31st. Both teams have had frustrating seasons and lost their head coaches. But both are bowl eligible and have a chance to redeem themselves with this Pac-12 vs. Big 10 matchup.

Illinois favored by 2.5 against Gonzaga on Saturday

Dec 3, 3:15 PM | University of Illinois Assembly Hall Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds 5-0TEAM RECORD7-0 The Fighting Illini hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Gonzaga Bulldogs pay a visit to University of Illinois Assembly Hall on the college basketball betting menu. Illinois battles the Bulldogs, currently sitting with a 5-0 mark (3-2 ATS). The...

W. Swimming. Eight Illini Compete at Winter Nationals

The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team sent eight swimmers to compete in Atlanta at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships, Dec. 1-3. Seniors Brittany McGowan and Kristen Manias, juniors Erin Lamb and Erin Rodriguez, sophomores Erica Lynn and Courtney Pope and freshmen Alison Meng and Kayla Dlugopolski raced in eight events over two days at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Football. Mercilus Named to Coaches All-America Team

Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus has been named to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches All-America Team. 2011 AFCA All-Americans | Illinois Bowl Central |

Leonard Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

Illinois center Meyers Leonard was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after leading the Illini to wins over Maryland and No. 19 Gonzaga last week.
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