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2015 PG Jawun Evans Comes to Champaign for Official Visit

For the second straight weekend in a row, John Groce and the Fighting Illini have had one of the top high school point guards in the country on campus. On September 5th, Jawun Evans arrived on the Illinois campus. His trip into Champaign was a little bumpier than Jalen Brunson’s. A line of thunderstorms rolled through central Illinois’ Friday evening, forcing Evans’ flight...
Via Sports Mockery
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Hoops Starter Injured?

The start of college basketball season is still two months away, but one key member of the Fighting Illini might already be out of the season. There have been NO OFFICIAL REPORTS on the severity of the injury yet. Currently, the fear is that senior point guard Tracy Abrams has a torn ACL and/or MCL. Regarding Abrams, #Illini spokesman said this: "Coach is currently on road recruiting...
Via Sports Mockery
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tracy Abrams is gone; how ’14-’15 Illini Basketball will adjust

Since Tuesday you heard the Tracy Abrams rumors. Yesterday afternoon you got the devastating news. No need for The Sports Bank to re-hash the details, the type of people who will click on this post are already up to speed. So where does Illini basketball Coach John Groce go from here? Obviously, Abrams has some limitations on both ends of the floor. He’s okay, but not great defensively...
Via The Sports Bank
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois Trolls Northwestern, Illini In Newspaper Ad

Northern Illinois alumni troll Northwestern and the Illinois Fighting Illini with this full-page newspaper ad.
Via Gamedayr
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois Challenges Fighting Illini Via Newspaper Ad

Last week, the Huskies of Northern Illinois beat Northwestern 23-15. The win put Northern Illinois at 2-0 on the season. The next team in the sights of Northern Illinois is the Fighting Illini. To be quite honest, it’s a match up that the Fighting Illini may not want at this point. Illinois might be sitting at 2-0, but wins against Youngstown State and Western Kentucky both required...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Network Announces 14 Televised Fighting Illini Games

The Big Ten Network released their television schedule for the upcoming college basketball season, including 14 Fighting Illini basketball games. Here’s a list of those games. December 13th vs Oregon (in Chicago), 6:00 PM CT January 7th vs Maryland, 8:00 PM CT January 11th at Nebraska, 7:30 PM CT January 14th at Northwestern, 8:00 PM CT January 18th vs Indiana, 12:00 PM CT January...
Via Sports Mockery
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame Calls Illini Target #1 Player in Country

Texas big man Elijah Thomas will be coming to Illinois for an official visit this weekend. He’s one of the top players in the Class of 2015, but according to one popular rapper Thomas should be number one. “Elijah Thomas, he’s like a little brother to me; I mentor him and everything, but that’s not why I think he’s No. 1. His game is why I say he’s No. 1. That kid is...
Via Sports Mockery
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Double Dip: Two Superstar Recruits to Officially Visit Illinois This Weekend

It’s long been known that big man Elijah Thomas would be visiting the weekend of September 20th, but now another star high school player will be joining him. Combo guard Jalen Coleman will also be officially visiting Illinois the weekend of September 20th. Coleman’s Recruitment Rapidly Changing Jalen Coleman’s recruit has been a roller coaster. Coleman had long been rumored...
Via Sports Mockery
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois football let EVERYONE into their game, ticket or no ticket

Today, the college football world experienced something very rare. A massive storm front moved into Champaign, Illinois while the Illinois Fighting Illini were trailing the Texas State Bobcats 14-6 with 13:35 left to play in the second quarter. Lightning forced an evacuation of the stadium and delayed the continuation of the game for several hours. That’s not the story here. What...
Via The Sports Bank
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

“Illinois Loyalty” Twitter Account Unleashes Vulgar Rant

Tuesday was an exciting day for Illini nation, as the basketball team added the highest ranked recruit of the John Groce era: Jalen Coleman-Lands. For some people, the excitement was too much to handle, including the admin of the Illinois Loyalty message board known simply as “Dan.” Dan exploded into a vicious, vulgar rant through the “Illinois Loyalty” twitter account (...
Via Sports Mockery
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

TBT: The Greatest Team to NOT Win the National Championship

Five points. That’s all that separated the 2005 Illinois Men’s Basketball team from being the best team in the world or ending their season the same way as hundreds of other college basketball teams: in defeat. For Illinois basketball, it was the best season in school history. The Fighting Illini set a school record for wins, knocked off #1 ranked Wake Forest at home, won the...
Via Sports Mockery
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-2015 ITH season preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we continue our look at the Big Ten with the Illinois Fighting Illini. As John Groce enters year three in Champaign, an intriguing mix […] The post 2014-2015 ITH season preview: Illinois Fighting Illini appeared...
Via Inside the Hall
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Word On The Street: The Latest Illinois Recruiting Rumors

Word On The Street is a new series covering the latest news and rumors of recruiting for the Fighting Illini. It will be posted every Friday, or as needed for breaking updates. Enjoy It has been an incredibly busy week for Illinois’ athletics on the recruiting trail, probably the busiest week so far in 2014. Let’s start with the football team, who added a new recruit to the Fighting...
Via Sports Mockery
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Deron Williams Final 4 clinching “The Shot” makes CSN Top 10

There’s no time like the present for Illini fans to live in the past, and when Deron Williams made “the shot” it was arguably the most glorious moment in contemporary Illini athletics history. I’m not even going to bring up all the reasons Illini sports fans should live in the past…..hey Illini basketball media day is just a week away, and maybe John Groce will pleasantly...
Via The Sports Bank
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Wide Receiver Mike Dudek’s Monster Game Overshadowed

Yesterday was a rough sporting day for Fighting Illini football fans. Illinois lost at home to the worst team in the Big Ten. “Heavens knows what will happen from here for Illinois, which is a virtual lock to be an underdog the rest of this season. The Illini have trailed going into the fourth quarter of every game, including their three unassuming victories.” -Herb Gould, Chicago...
Via Sports Mockery
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini To Play in 2015 Emerald Coast Classic

The Fighting Illini basketball program is on the rise once again and they have scheduled another tournament to play in. Illinois will headline the 2015 Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida. John Groce’s team will square off against UAB on Friday November 27th, while Iowa State will take on Virginia Tech. The winners and the losers will square off on November 28th. That will...
Via Sports Mockery
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 40 – Jalen Coleman-Lands

40. Jalen COLEMAN Height: 6’-3” 1/2 Weight: 170 Position: SG Wingspan: 6’-4” High School (State): La Lumiere School (IN) Club Team (Affiliation): All Ohio Red (Nike) Commitment: Illinois Fighting Illini Breakdown: Head coach John Groce has ensured Illinois doesn’t have a shortage of backcourt prospects during his tenure at the program, and the Illinois addition ...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Word On The Street: Darius Paul Making a Comeback?

Eleven days. That’s where the countdown currently stands until Elijah Thomas makes his decision. Details on his situation and more in this week’s edition of Word On The Street. Elijah Thomas Earlier this week Elijah Thomas announced that he will be making his college decision on October 21st. Both Illinois and SMU visited Thomas’ high school to watch him play on October 9th...
Via Sports Mockery
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Bailey: told you back in July Illini MUST play him

For the Illinois Fighting Illini, the future is now, and Aaron Bailey needs to get on the field to be a part of it.  The year to redshirt Aaron Bailey was last year; not this year. He burnt his shirt for 2014? So what! Don’t complain about that. Illinois needs him to start playing a significant role; and now. Reilly O’Toole is to Big Ten quarterbacking what Christian Ponder...
Via The Sports Bank
October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Inside the Block I Road Trip to Wisconsin

At 4:50 AM, Illinois football’s most devoted fans departed from Champaign on a road trip to Madison, Wisconsin for a game that wound up surprisingly close in the fourth quarter. On the Road We arrived at Huff Hall at 4:00 AM to start signing in and load the buses. Some of us tossed a football around on the sidewalks outside Huff. It’s not too often you see the streets of Chambana...
Via Sports Mockery
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Illinois Football Teases A ‘Gray Ghost’ Uniform That Will Debut Oct. 25

Illinois football has a bye this weekend, but the Fighting Illini are already starting to attempt to get people excited about their Oct. 25 contest against Minnesota.  This afternoon, Illinois football’s Twitter account tweeted out a photo of a “Gray Host” uniform that the Illini will wear against the Golden Gophers.  Check it out:  Debuting Oct. 25. #Illini Gray Ghost...
Via College Spun
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini to Debut “Gray Ghost” Uniform for Homecoming

Illinois Football was in the news once again, but this time it wasn’t for wins, losses, or DUI’s. This time it was for the release of a new alternate uniform: The Gray Ghost uniform. Illinois’ rebranded uniforms all have the traditional “Red Grange Striping” but now Nike has taken it a step further. The Gray Ghost uniform appears to be gray, white, and blue, with the prominent...
Via Sports Mockery
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini to debut Gray Ghost uniforms on Oct. 25

The Illinois Fighting Illini will be breaking out new uniforms on October 25 for their homecoming game against Minnesota. The Fighting Illini will be debuting the Gray Ghost unis, which will honor former player Harold “Red” Grange, the Galloping Ghost. More Gray Ghost uniform detail. #Illini pic.twitter.com/EhXbBV4ovl — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) October 14, 2014 Grange...
Via Total Sports Live
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois To Debut ‘Gray Ghost’ Uniforms During Homecoming Game (Photos)

Illinois will honor arguably the best college football player of all time when it takes the field during Homecoming. The Fighting Illini will debut their “Gray Ghost” uniforms to represent Harold “Red” Grange, who earned the nickname “The Galloping Ghost” during his tenure at Illinois. This is the 90th anniversary of his historic Homecoming performance against Michigan...
Via NESN.com
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Unveils "Gray Ghost" Uniforms for Oct. 25 Game Against Minnesota

Illinois has a new uniform design for 2014, but the Fighting Illini have unveiled a special look for the Oct. 25 game against Minnesota.The “...
Via Athlon Sports
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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