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Bucs CB: Jameis Winston is not ‘fat’ anymore

Fresh off a last-place finish in the NFC South that saw head coach Lovie Smith shown the door, at least the Buccaneers can rest easy knowing that their prized young quarterback is in prime playing shape heading into next season. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston appears to have slimmed down some this offseason, and it has definitely caught the attention of his teammates...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Illinois coaches, players save local shop

Jarling’s Custard Cup is a well-known shop to those who have spent any time in Champaign, Illinois. So when the business went up for sale over the weekend, it’s no surprise that a bunch of people jumped in to save the local staple. What makes the story so incredible, however, is that some of people who stepped up for Jarling’s Custard Cup are former coaches and players for...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

9 years after Chief's end, U of Illinois looks for mascot

URBANA, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois' interim chancellor says the campus will begin the process of picking a new mascot. Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson told the Academic Senate on Monday that she will form a committee to design a process and set a timeline. Wilson's decision follows a recommendation from a Student Senate committee urging the campus to consider a new...
Via AP on Fox
May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

University of Illinois is finally ready to find a new mascot

After nearly a decade without one, the Fighting Illini could soon have a new mascot to represent the University of Illinois at sporting events. On Monday, University of Illinois interim chancellor Barbara Wilson said a committee will be formed to determine the process for finding a new mascot for the school. This comes after a recommendation from the student senate to consider...
Via The Comeback
May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Odds to win Super Bowl LI following the draft

Odds to win Super Bowl LI as of 5/5/16, according to Sportsbook.ag.
May 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois F Leron Black reinstated, suspended six games

The Illinois Fighting Illini are looking to get back into contention in the college basketball world next season and they will be getting a big piece of their team back. It was announced that forward Leron Black has been reinstated and will play this year but with some contingencies. Illinois head coach John Groce announced he would be back on the team but would sit out the first...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Jaylon Tate rejoins Illinois after charges are dropped

The Illinois Fighting Illini are hoping to return to prominence. In order to do that, they will need everyone to put their best effort forward.. The return of guard Jaylon Tate should be a big help as well. Tate had been suspended from the team after he has been charged with misdemeanor battery for hitting a woman in March. However, those charges were dropped and athletic director...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 21, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Draft Profile: RHP Cody Sedlock, Illinois

Fifth up in my 2016 MLB Draft profile series is another college reliever-turned-starter in Fighting Illini Cody Sedlock. Previous entries Josh Lowe Matt Manning Justin Dunn Nolan Jones Vitals 6’4, 210 pounds Position: Pitcher Bats: Right Throws: Right DOB: June 19, 1995 Location Champaign, Ill. Class: Junior RankingsBaseball America: 42Baseball Prospectus: 28ESPN: 20Minor...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois, Northwestern headline State Farm Chicago Legends event

Another of the many in-season college basketball tournaments was announced on Thursday when the field for the State Farm Chicago Legends event was set. Two of the four teams come from the Big Ten as Illinois and Northwestern don’t have to travel too far to compete while Dayton and BYU both make trips to the United Center. The State Farm Chicago Legends tournament field was revealed...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois guard Tracy Abrams gets sixth season

Two years ago, Illinois guard Tracy Abrams seemed like a promising player for the Fighting Illini. However, he has missed the last two seasons before they even began due to injuries. However, Abrams is going to get one more shot at his senior season. It was announced on Thursday that he had been granted a sixth season of eligibility heading into the 2016-17 season. “I am so proud...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Illinois men’s basketball will be road-tested

It has been one whirlwind of an offseason for the Illinois men’s basketball team. Kendrick Nunn was dismissed from the team and head coach John Groce finally heard some good news concerning Mike Thorne Jr. and Tracy Abrams. For fans, there really hasn’t been much excitement. On Monday, though, Illini fans finally received a glimpse of what the Big Ten schedule is going to look...
Via isportsweb.com
June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois, Lovie Smith already gearing up for non-conference rematch vs UNC

On Illinois’ twelve-game schedule, one non-conference game particulary stands out- the only non-conference game against a major conference opponent: the home game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Who's ready for some @IlliniFootball under the lights?! ✋ #Illini BE THERE >> https://t.co/HOEXtsZJ6s pic.twitter.com/wFzb2eRpJq — Illini Athletics (@IlliniAthletics)...
Via EndZoneScore
June 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Kendrick Nunn situation further confirms NCAA’s blind eyes

If a 10-year-old girl teases her 5-year-old brother, he might counter with physical contact, resulting in a soft, harmless slap. Following a stern rebuke from his mother or father, little Timmy starts to cry. The goal of his parents then shifts towards putting a smile back on their son’s face, as if the incident never occurred. Why should the NCAA provide a similar cushion for...
Via The Student Section
June 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt added to Maxwell Award watch list

Illinois senior quarterback Wes Lunt is on the 90-man Maxwell Award watch list, a college football award given to the best player in the country. The award is given out based on the opinions of the media, head coaches and members of the Maxwell Football Club. Maxwell Award (top player in college football) named #Illini QB Wes Lunt to its watch list » https://t.co/HrUUcodnXP pic...
Via EndZoneScore
July 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois lands 2017 five-star F Jeremiah Tilmon

The Illinois Fighting Illini look like they can be a great team on the basketball court, but they just haven’t taken advantage of their opportunities as of late. That could all change after they landed five-star forward Jeremiah Tilmon. Tilmon is one of the top players in the country for the 2017 recruiting class and it could be considered a huge upset for the Illini to land him...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

What Jeremiah Tilmon brings to Illinois

After three straight years of bad breaks and bad luck, the Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball team received some great news on Monday afternoon. That good news came with the verbal commitment of six foot, 10 inch, 220-pound center Jeremiah Tilmon. Tilmon was the third player to commit to the program in the 2017 recruiting class and the first five-star player for the Illini...
Via isportsweb.com
July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois Football: Antwan Collier Commits to Illinois

The Illinois football team is sending out their scholarship offers today and they actually snagged a talented player. It was announced via Twitter today that Antwan Collier has decided to pledge his commitment to the Illini. Collier is a 3-star cornerback out of Miami, Florida.  He is listed as the No. 1,100 best player in […] Illinois Football: Antwan Collier Commits to Illinois...
Via Writing Illini
22 days ago

Illinois Sports: Kipper Nichols 1-on-1 Interview

 Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team is poised to have a great season this year.  They are finally healthy again and they will be adding some new faces as well. One of the new faces that came in last season but didn’t play […] Illinois Sports: Kipper Nichols 1-on-1 Interview - Writing Illini - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
21 days ago

Illinois Basketball: How the Class of 2017 is Shaking Out

As the class of 2017 continues to shake out, the Illinois basketball team is still trying to secure a few more recruits. Let’s see who the Illini have committed right now. Illinois secured the No. 19 recruit in the class of 2017, Jeremiah Tilmon, a little less than a month ago.  This gave the team […] Illinois Basketball: How the Class of 2017 is Shaking Out - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
21 days ago

Illinois Basketball: Illini Miss RaiQuan Gray’s Top 6

Lists continue to be narrowed and the Illinois basketball team seems to be making every cut so far. Just a little over six weeks ago, RaiQuan Gray cut his list down to 13 teams and included Illinois in the mix with the other 12 programs. The 13 schools at the time were USC, Memphis, Baylor, […] Illinois Basketball: Illini Miss RaiQuan Gray’s Top 6 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
21 days ago

Illinois Sports: Illini in Final Four for Milwaukee Wing

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team has multiple players in mind when it comes to finishing out the class of 2017.  They have already locked up three players, now they have three scholarships remaining. One of the players they are eyeing is Terrence […] Illinois Sports: Illini in Final Four for Milwaukee...
Via Writing Illini
20 days ago

Illinois Football: Illini Make Final 4 for Larry Boyd

Both the Illinois football and basketball teams continue to make the “top” lists for recruits. The latest recruit to narrow his list comes from the football side of things. Larry Boyd has decided to cut his list down to just four programs and he included the Illini in the mix. My top 4 schools (NO […] Illinois Football: Illini Make Final 4 for Larry Boyd - Writing Illini -...
Via Writing Illini
20 days ago

Biggest question mark for each NFL team

Biggest question mark for each NFL team.
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pedrya Seymour on her goals for Rio

Fighting Illini100m hurdler Pedrya Seymour talks about the goals she has for herself at the Olympics.

Illinois Sports: Illinois Football Training Camp 101

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois Football team is trying to build back up to where they make a bowl game every season.  This is going to be a long road. That long road starts with Illini training camp.  This is where the players will […] Illinois Sports: Illinois Football Training Camp 101 - Writing Illini - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
19 days ago
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