Posted November 02, 2011 on
The young Fighting Illini basketball team got a big boost when senior point guard Sam Maniscalco transferred in for a graduate program. However, it is taking more time than hoped for him to return to complete health after two ankle surgeries. He will provide help with leadership and on-court skills if he can stay healthy all season.

2012 Illini Hoops Most Important Player? Meyers Leonard!

Last night’s 79-51 exhibition rout of Wayne State was expected for most Illini basketball fans. The most important number of the box score is found in the game’s leading scorer, Meyers Leonard. He had 18 points, in just 16 minutes, that’s a great sign for your Illinois Fighting Illini, because they’ll really need Leonard to be good, if they’re going to be good.Leonard...

Illini suspend guard Head for four games

Illinois has suspended sophomore guard Crandall Head for violating an unspecified team rule in the offseason, according to a release Tuesday night by the team's sports information department.

Illinois bans sophomore guard Head four games

Illinois sophomore guard Crandall Head has been suspended for four games after violating a team rule, an Illinois spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Randy Heideman A Top 2013 Tackle Prospect

The Fighting Illini football team used to profit from recruiting top athletes in the central part of the state. In recent years, high major players have been few and far between. That tendency might be reversed this next year. One of several downstaters with recruiting interest from Illinois is a junior tackle from Normal Community.

Illinois Dominates Wayne State, 79-51, in Exhibition Opener

Sophomore Meyers Leonard scored a team-high 18 points to lead Illinois to a 79-51 rout of Wayne State in an exhibition contest on Tuesday night at the Assembly Hall. Box Score |

Honkers Bring Back Two From Illinois

From the NWL The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today that pitcher Kevin Johnson (pictured top) and infielder/pitcher Reid Roper (bottom) will return to the Rochester Honkers next summer. Both are from the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and are the first two signed for the 2012 season. ^^^^^^^^^^ Johnson is a 6’3”, 210-pound right-handed junior from Midlothian...

Illini Overcome Slow Start In Exhibition Win

The Fighting Illini basketball team overcame early nerves to take down Wayne State of Nebraska 79-51 Tuesday night in the Assembly Hall. It was an exhibition game, but the Wildcats gave the Illini a good battle for a half. Playing without four scholarship players, the Illini finally found the right combinations for an easy triumph.

W. Soccer. Rayfield, Six Fighting Illini Honored By Conference

Following an eight-game winning streak and a second place finish in the Big Ten, the University of Illinois soccer team and head coach Janet Rayfield were recognized for their season-long success with a multitude of All-Big Ten and Player of the Year awards. Six Illinois student-athletes combined to earn eight accolades, while Rayfield received the Big Ten Coach of the Year, as announced...

Tyler Sands Ready For Starting Challenge

The Fighting Illini football team hasn't needed a lot of depth at guard this fall, until now. With starter Hugh Thornton uncertain with a knee issue, Tyler Sands is ready to step in. The Pennsylvania junior has toiled in obscurity during his career, but he has been groomed as the first sub off the bench. He is ready for the challenge.

Alabama Linebacker Open Despite Favorites

The Fighting Illini football team continues to recruit in distant locales. Linebacker Harding Harper is one of several Alabama products on the Illini recruiting list. While he may be favoring a couple other schools at the moment, he says Illinois is still under consideration.

M. Gymnastics. Former Illini Joe Giallombardo Passes Away at Age 94

Fighting Illini gymnastics legend Joe Giallombardo passed away on Oct. 13 in Richardson, Texas, at the age of 94. Giallombardo was one of the most decorated collegiate gymnasts of all time, winning seven individual NCAA Championships, which ties for most in NCAA history.

Illini Wrestling Prepare to Open Season

The Fighting Illini look toward the 2011-12 campaign with renewed optimism in the third year under head coach Jim Heffernan.

Vic Koenning Looks Both Back And Ahead

The Fighting Illini resumed practice Thursday after a few days off for their first and only bye week. After nine straight weeks of action, bodies and egos were bruised and needed rejuvenation. From every indication, Illini players had more bounce today. However, for coaches like Vic Koenning, there was no rest for the weary.

W. Soccer. Illinois to Face Michigan State in Semifinal Round

The Fighting Illini will battle the Spartans at 1:15 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 4, at Northwestern's Lakeside Field.
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