Found February 02, 2012 on
University of Illinois Athletics:
The Fighting Illini women's tennis team (4-1) will return to Urbana this Friday to take on SMU (0-0) at 5 p.m. CT. Illinois is 2-0 at Atkins Tennis Center this season and has not lost a singles or doubles match at home, capturing a pair of 7-0 victories during its last homestand.
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The Fighting Illini football program signed 19 football players to scholarships Wednesday. New coach Tim Beckman is pleased with his group despite problems resulting from the lateness of his hiring. He spoke at length about his new class Wednesday.
The Fighting Illini football team struggled with its special teams last season. Fans studying statistics were alarmed at the poor results and clamored for a special team coach capable of reversing the results. It appears their wishes are coming true. Among the new UI staff members is Tim Salem, running back coach and special team coordinator. He knows what he's doing.
At this point, the Fighting Illini basketball team is bringing in only one new player for next year, point guard Michael Orris. But there may be more help on the way in the person of Devin Langford. The Alabama product is redshirting due to multiple injuries this year, but his skill level and long-term potential are excellent.
Illinois (16-6, 5-4) will try for a season sweep of in-state rival Northwestern Sunday at Assembly hall (2 pm CT, BTN). Watch | Listen | Gametracker | Mobile Live Stats | ILL Game Notes | Buy Tickets |
Six members of the Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team, including seniors Tyler Mizoguchi, Paul Ruggeri and Anthony Sacramento, junior Austin Phillips and freshmen C.J. Maestas and Michael Wilner, will compete at the 2012 U.S. Winter Cup Challenge.
Fifteen members of the Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the second weekend in a row to compete in the Minnesota Challenge, Feb. 3-4. The women will compete in three sessions during the course of the weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, followed by 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The No. 19 Fighting Illini will battle the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes at Huff Hall on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network. Complete Meet Notes (PDF) | Live Stats |
University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman announced his first Fighting Illini recruiting class on Wednesday. Signing Day Headquarters | Recruit Highlights |
Three members of the second-ranked Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team advanced to Session III at the 2012 U.S. Winter Cup Challenge Thursday night at the Las Vegas Sports Center.
The Fighting Illini women's track and field team will host the Orange and Blue Open, its final home meet on Saturday, Feb, 4 at the UI Armory.