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Big Ten Breakdown: Illinois Fighting Illini Full Preview

Tim Beckman, the head coach of the Illinois Illini, is on arguably the hottest of hot seats. His first year with the Illini was 2012, and his team went 2-10. In 2013, the Illini went 4-8, which was an improvement. However, the issue with Beckman has been the peripheral nonsense. In 2012, according to USA Today, he was caught on camera chewing tobacco on the sidelines, which breaks...
Via Football Nation
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jawun Evans To Visit Illinois in September

Posted to Fighting Illini RecruitingAt last, Jawun Evans will be visiting Illinois. Marcus Jackson of The News Gazette responded to a fan question about official visits saying that Jawun Evans will be visiting Illinois the weekend of September 13th. Evans is likely the key to Illinois’ future success. If Evans joins the Fighting Illini and fills the gaping hole that will be left...
Via Sports Mockery
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Previews, Pt. 3: Illinois Fighting Illini

So long, Nathan Scheelhaase. Four-year starters at any position are rare, much less at quarterback, where fate always seems to sideline a player with an injury at inopportune moments. Nevertheless, Scheelhaase walked onto the field as a freshman and went on to amass just shy of 10,000 yards of total offense in his career, including [&hellip (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The...
Via No Coast Bias
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Point Guard Target Commits to Washington

Posted to Fighting IlliniCanadian Point Guard Jermaine Haley has committed to play for the Washington Huskies, according to his AAU coach. Washington just received commitment from guard Jermaine Haley, his AAU coach told ESPN. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 28, 2014 Haley is in the Class of 2016, and the Fighting Illini were one of the first teams to begin recruiting him....
Via Sports Mockery
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Walmart builds fantastic Illinois football display

The Walmart in Champaign is gearing up for Illinois football.Check out this awesome soda display a local sports reporter snapped a photo of during a recent visit. As you can see, the Fighting Illini logo is alive and well among the boxes of pop.Of course, Walmart wasn't going to let this display stand without putting their own logo smack dab in the middle as well.Via For the Win
Via Bush League Chronicle
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Football Season Preview: Media Expectations

If there’s one major question Fighting Illini Football fans have on their minds its “Will this be the year?” Will this be the year that Illinois returns to a bowl game? The team hasn’t gone bowling since Ron Zook was fired back in 2011. As the season continues to creep closer, what are the major media outlets expecting of the Fighting Illini? ESPN Stats & Info Projections...
Via Sports Mockery
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 86 – Aaron Jordan

86. Aaron JORDAN Height: 6’-4” Weight: 180 Position: SG High School (State): Plainfield (IL) Club Team (Affiliation): Illinois Stars (Reebok) Commitment: Illinois Fighting Illini Breakdown: With Jordan and D.J. Williams already verbally committed, Illinois head coach John Groce is in quite a favorable position to move forward on his remaining targets on the recruiting trail. Both ...
Via Hoopniks
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois Basketball Verbal Commitments Announce Official Visits

Illinois has been busy in the Class of 2015, targeting some of the top players in the country. The team also has two players already committed: D.J. Williams and Aaron Jordan. The two are easily, but foolishly, overlooked because of all the hype surrounding the rest of Illinois’ targets. Both players have planned their official visits to Illinois. D.J. Williams D.J. Williams, a...
Via Sports Mockery
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Prep Hoops Illinois Summer Awards: All-Class 2015 Teams

Prep Hoops Illinois has released their summer awards for the Class of 2015. Let’s take a look at where Illinois’ committed players and current targets are ranked. Committed Players Illinois has two committed players in the Class of 2015: Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams. Where did these two future Illini land on the list? Aaron Jordan Jordan had a great summer and the rankings...
Via Sports Mockery
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

In-State Tight End Commits to Illinois

Class of 2015 tight end Caleb Reams of Warren Township (Illinois) has committed to the University of Illinois over Twitter this evening. I'd like to say that I will be attending the University of Illinois to continue my academic and football career. pic.twitter.com/QY2xdSwaiB — Caleb Reams #13 (@SirClutch97) August 9, 2014 The 6-foot-3, 225-pound end chose Illinois over offers...
Via Sports Mockery
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Commitment Coming for Fighting Illini?

On the same day the Fighting Illini got a commitment from in-state tight end Caleb Reams, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong is reporting that Illinois may get another commit on Sunday. In Wiltfong’s words: A source with knowledge of the situation indicated that Illinois would add another football commitment Sunday. Although it is unknown who the commit may be, many...
Via Sports Mockery
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Combo Guard Schedules Official Visit to Illinois

Jalen Coleman is one of the best combo guards and a consensus top 40 recruit in the Class of 2015. “Coleman unapologetically specializes in one area: long-ranges shooting. The slender guard arguably is the best pure shooter in the [Class of 2015], swishing three after three from all areas of the court.” – Scout Hoops Just take a moment to imagine Jawun Evans or Jalen Brunson...
Via Sports Mockery
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Nike Rebrand Update

It’s been a few month since the Fighting Illini underwent an identity rebrand through Nike. The new logos have begun seeping onto the courts and fields of the Urbana-Champaign campus. Football With the season starting in less than four weeks, it’s about time the endzones in Memorial Stadium were updated to match the new rebrand. These pictures were released on August 12th via...
Via Sports Mockery
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Football Season Preview: Schedule Breakdown

In our latest Fighting Illini Football Season Preview we’ll be breaking down Illinois’ schedule for the upcoming season. Fighting Illini Football Season Preview: Quarterback Competition Youngstown State When: August 30, 2014, 11:00 A.M. Where: Memorial Stadium Coaches Poll: Unranked CBS: Unranked SI: Unranked NFL.com: Unranked 2013 Record: 8-4 Youngstown State is an FCS school...
Via Sports Mockery
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Offer 2016 Center

The Fighting Illini have offered 2016 Center Marques Bolden, a top 30 player nationally in the Class of 2016. Marques Bolden @MarquesB__ , @jerrymeyer247 's #23 rising junior, said he received an offer from #Illinois last night pic.twitter.com/jQ5DqU3ir4 — Andrew Slater (@ASlater247) August 15, 2014 Bolden is ranked the 4th best center in the country for the Class of 2016 by 247...
Via Sports Mockery
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

7 Foot Center Doral Moore Plans Official Visit to Illinois

Oh the joys of trying to keep up with high school recruiting. Unfortunately, Jalen Coleman will NOT be taking an official visit to Illinois. However, Doral Moore will be. Big Stage Quick Hits: Doral Moore with #Illini official visit on 9/26, James Blackmon showing strong for #iubb & more http://t.co/mAw5zsWoWp — Derek Piper (@DerekPiperBSH) August 18, 2014 The one problem...
Via Sports Mockery
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 PG Landry Shamet Will Be Taking Official Visit To Illinois

Landry Shamet, a point guard in the Class of 2015, is the latest player to schedule an official visit to Illinois. He is now the ninth player that will be taking an official to Champaign. Shamet took an unofficial visit to Illinois on August 16th, and has since cut his list of schools down to four. Some of the schools cut from Shamet’s list include Creighton, Minnesota, and Nebraska...
Via Sports Mockery
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Football Takes On the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Fighting Illini Football team accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, and issued challenges to some of the state top high school coaches. In addition to challenging them to pour ice on themselves, they also asked the coaches to help raise money for ALS, which is the true purpose of the Ice Bucket Challenge.   Sources: Illinoishomepage.net 8 total views, 8 views today The post...
Via Sports Mockery
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Inside Fighting Illini Football Practice

On August 24th, the Fighting Illini Football team held a practice open only to the students. We’ve got some of the best highlights on film. As fans trickled into Memorial Stadium the players did stretching exercises and the split into groups with various parts of the coaching staff. After about 15 minutes of this, Coach Beckman called the fans out onto the 50 yard and explained...
Via Sports Mockery
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 56 – D.J. Williams

56. D.J. WILLIAMS Height: 6’-7” Weight: 200 Position: SF Wingspan: 6’-9” High School (State): Simeon (IL) Club Team (Affiliation): Commitment: Illinois Fighting Illini Breakdown: Prior to his junior season at one of the top high school basketball programs in Illinois at Simeon, Williams made a verbal commitment to attend an in-state school, Illinois. As a junior ...
Via Hoopniks
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

“Block I” Card Stunts Looked Better Than Ever

For all Illinois Football fans, Saturday was a rough day. The Fighting Illini trailed against Youngstown State in the fourth quarter, the offense that had received so much off-season hype sputtered for most of the game, and to top it all off, it was the lowest attended home opener since 2000. If the team had lost, things would have gotten ugly. Luckily, Illinois didn’t lose. They...
Via Sports Mockery
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Be The One: Jalen Brunson Takes Official Visit to Illinois

The highlight of the weekend for University of Illinois athletics wasn’t Wes Lunt’s four touchdown performance. Neither was the volleyball team, ranked 11th in the country, sweeping all three of their opponents, including #20 North Carolina. The highlight of this weekend was Jalen Brunson, the top point guard in the Class of 2015, taking his official visit to Illinois. Friday...
Via Sports Mockery
September 01, 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 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
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