Posted February 17, 2012 on
Embattled Fighting Illini basketball coach Bruce Weber made controversial statements after the Purdue loss, and the strong reactions by fans and others afterward compelled him expand on and clarify his thoughts and feelings about his team and his coaching career. His normal teleconference introducing the next game at Nebraska was anything but normal.
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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:
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The Fighting Illini continue play at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge against No. 27 Louisville on Saturday.
While the Fighting Illini football team hasn't obtained a commitment yet, no surprise since 2013 recruiting has just begun, it has made a strong impression with a number of outstanding prospects. Chicago Simeon's Reggie Spearman is already quite impressed and is apparently waiting for an official offer before siding with his state school.
The Nebraska men's basketball team returns to action for the first time in a week, as the Huskers welcome the Illinois Fighting Illini to the Devaney Center this Saturday, Feb. 18.
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 football staff has made multiple trips to Peoria this winter. Unlike most years, there are at least three good prospects for 2013 in an area that has suffered through a drought of talent in recent years. One of the players receiving a scholarship offer is Josh Augusta, coached by a former Illini.
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 Michigan State gymnastics team hits the road for the first time in three weeks on Friday (Feb. 17) when it heads to No. 18 Illinois. The Spartans and the Fighting Illini will face off at 8 p.m. in Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team remained in 10th place (66 points) at the Big Ten Championships after Friday's action. Senior Brittany McGowan was the only Illini to qualify for an individual final on the day, earning a second swim in the 100 fly.
The Fighting Illini basketball team was forced to play a freshman at point guard before he was ready this season. Tracy Abrams spent much of his high school career on the wing, so the learning curve was steep entering college. Little by little, he has begun to contribute constructively. Against Purdue Wednesday, he scored 22 points in by far his best display to date.
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.
The Fighting Illini open the 2012 season against Notre Dame at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Assistant Sports Information Director Ben Taylor will be providing fans with an inside look at today's game and the Illini's trip to the Tampa area.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team slipped to 10th place (50 points) at the Big Ten Championships Thursday and trail ninth-place Michigan by 28 points. Sophomore Courtney Pope, senior Brittany McGowan and an Illini relay team highlighted the day for the Orange and Blue, climbing Illinois' all-time fastest individuals list.