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Penn State tops Illinois 75-66 at Big Ten women's tourney

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Teniya Page scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and had nine assists to help 11th-seeded Penn State hold off 14-seed Illinois 75-66 on Wednesday in the first round of the Big Ten women's tournament. The Lady Lions (12-18) will take on sixth-seeded Purdue (19-10) on Thursday. Chatrice White tied the game for the Fighting Illini ...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois bucking Big Ten football scheduling trends

Much has been made of the Big Ten taking away FCS opponents and adding a Power 5 requirement to its football scheduling. Plenty of future non-conference schedules have been released and plenty of Big Ten teams have fallen in line. Just don’t include the Illinois Fighting Illini amongst the group falling in line with the rest of the Big Ten. Instead, it is bucking that trend in...
Via Talking 10
March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Alston scores 39 and No. 5 Ohio St routs Illinois 117-74

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell were too much for the Illini. Alston had 39 points and Mitchell was right behind with 35 and No. 5 Ohio State routed Illinois 117-74 on Sunday. Mitchell made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 9 from 3-point range before sitting out the final quarter. Alston, a senior playing her final game at home, shot 15 for...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois forward Leron Black arrested, suspended indefinitely from team

Illinois sophomore forward Leron Black was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pulling a knife on a bouncer at Champaign night club on Thursday night, according to Mary Schnek of the News-Gazette. Illinois head coach John Groce announced on Friday that Black, who has not played since Dec. 5, has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities as the legal...
Via Fox Sports
February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois F Leron Black facing aggravated assault charge

On Friday morning, injured Illinois Fighting Illini forward Leron Black hit another roadblock towards his return to the court. This time, it stems from an incident that has landed him in hot water with the law. According to the Champaign News-Gazette, Black is facing a felony aggravated assault charge after threatening a bouncer at a Champaign nightclub. The incident began when...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Long list of problems face new Illinois athletic director

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Josh Whitman will be taking on a long list of problems when he steps in as the new athletic director at the University of Illinois. The Associated Press and others reported Tuesday that the 37-year-old Whitman, who played football at Illinois from 1997-2000, will become the new AD at his alma mater. He has not spoken about the move and the university has yet...
Via AP on Fox
February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Hill scores 22, Illinois beats Rutgers, 82-66

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Malcolm Hill scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds and Illinois cruised to an 82-66 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night. Illinois (12-14, 4-9 Big Ten) snaps a two-game skid while the Scarlet Knights (6-20, 0-13) have lost 13-straight games, all in conference play. Maverick Morgan added 17 points and Kendrick Nunn chipped in 16 for the Fighting Illini, who...
Via AP on Fox
February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Illinois LB T.J. Neal to visit WVU, Auburn

It was announced just last month that the Illinois Fighting Illini would be losing one of their top defensive players to transfer for the 2016 season. Second-leading tackler T.J. Neal announced he would take a grad transfer and it looks like he could be close to making a decision. When Neal announced his transfer, Illinois head coach Bill Cubit said that the Pennsylvania native “was...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois scrambles but Cubit signs big first class

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois might have had the strangest recruiting season of any major school in the country, and coach Bill Cubit and his staff had to scramble to fill out a class. A half-dozen players decommitted after the school removed the interim tag from Cubit's title and gave him only a two-year contract. Cubit and his staff wound up filling most of those open spots...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Former Michigan Commit De’le Harding Heading To Illinois

After a stretch in which four players decommitted and eight transferred out, the Fighting Illini got a piece of good news today. Three-star linebacker De’le Harding, a former Michigan commit, will be taking his talents to Champaign. Can confirm that #illini have received a commitment from Maryland linebacker De’le Harding, a former Michigan commit. — Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout...
Via College Spun
February 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Buckeyes Roundball Roundup: Survived at Illinois, came up short against Maryland

Unfortunately for the Ohio State Buckeyes, their theme of beating the bad teams in the Big Ten while losing to better ones continued this past week. While they beat Illinois, one of the worst teams in the conference, they couldn’t take advantage of their home-court in their loss to one of the best teams in the country, the Maryland Terrapins. I guess things could be worse like...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois loses second-leading tackler, T.J. Neal, to graduate transfer

The Illinois Fighting Illini had a pretty rough 2015 season. The team fired former head coach Tim Beckman just days before the beginning of the season and ended up finishing 5-7. Bill Cubit hopes to polish off his 2016 recruiting class in the next week and hopes to have a strong first season as the full-time head coach. He will have to do so without one of his biggest veterans on...
Via Campus Sports Net
January 26, 2016  |  Discuss

T.J. Neal’s transfer leaves Illini with even bigger hole to fill on defense

Bill Cubit has a two-year deal at the University of Illinois, but he will enter that deal with a mountain to climb on the defensive side of the ball. That much was known thanks to graduations, however that climb is going to get even tougher with the news of the transfer of one of the most productive players on the team — linebacker T.J. Neal. It was a bit surprising given the timing...
Via Talking 10
January 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois linebacker T.J. Neal plans to transfer

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois starting linebacker T.J. Neal plans to transfer before his senior season. Sports information director Kent Brown said Tuesday that Neal plans to leave the team after three seasons. Brown said Neal plans to transfer closer to home but there was no immediate word on his destination. The junior is from McKeeseport, Pennsylvania. Neal was the team's...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers basketball falls 76-71 in overtime to Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS -- Malcolm Hill had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead a late surge by Illinois to beat Minnesota 76-71 in overtime on Saturday night, ending an eight-game losing streak on the road for the Fighting Illini. Maverick Morgan added 14 points, Kendrick Nunn scored 13 points and Michael Finke grabbed 16 rebounds for the Illini (10-10, 2-5 Big Ten), who used a 16-0 run that...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2016  |  Discuss

New father Kendrick Nunn posterizes Purdue big man in his first game back

Illinois junior guard Kendrick Nunn missed Thursday night's game for the birth of his son.He rejoined the Fighting Illini on Sunday night and quickly made up for lost time. The 6-foot-3 guard posterized Purdue freshman center Caleb Swanigan with a one-handed jam in the second half. That dunk put the Illini up 57-48 with 11:40 remaining in regulation.Nunn's son, Kason Lee, was born...
Via Fox Sports
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois G Kendrick Nunn misses game for birth of his child

This season has been a revolving door of injuries and illnesses for Illinois head coach John Groce and his Fighting Illini. On Thursday, the Illini were without leading scorer Kendrick Nunn, although it was under much more joyous circumstances.Nunn was not presence for Illinois' 79-54 loss to No. 5 Michigan State because he was in Champaign, awaiting the birth of his son, Kason Lee...
Via Fox Sports
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Mizzou drops Braggin' Rights to Illinois 68-63

ST. LOUIS -- Malcolm Hill had 21 points, including a basket that ended a scoreless drought of nearly 9-1/2 minutes, and Illinois held off Missouri 68-63 in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Wednesday night.Kendrick Nunn had 19 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double for Illinois (8-5), which has won five in a row overall and three straight in the neutral site series.Wes...
Via AP on Fox
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Illinois' locker room celebrates after win over Missouri

Illinois’ men’s basketball team has Braggin’ Rights for the third straight year.  The Illini beat Missouri in the rivalry game known as “Braggin’ Rights” this evening. Illinois defeated Missouri, 68-63. It’s the program’s third consecutive win against the Tigers.  John Groce and his players celebrated appropriately in the locker room post-game.  #Illini locker...
Via College Spun
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois' Banks out as co-defensive coordinator

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach Bill Cubit on Friday confirmed a sweeping series of changes to his staff, including the departure of co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks. Cubit said co-defensive coordinator Mike Phair will run the unit himself next season. Cubit also said his son, Ryan Cubit, has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Bill Cubit had...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

For Illinois and Minnesota, why not a longer coaching search?

Minnesota and Illinois are good football jobs, if you want to win. Let me explain. The Big Ten West is overrun by mediocrity right now. If every conference is a lawn, the Big Ten West is that patch you have in the backyard that’s been taken over by crabgrass, but at least it’s not chickweed. Nebraska seems to be trending down, at least immediately. Wisconsin finally seems to...
Via The Student Section
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois announces two-year deal to keep Cubit as its head coach

The University of Illinois has made it official with Bill Cubit.On Saturday before the rivalry game with Northwestern at Soldier Field in Chicago, the university announced via press released that it had given Bill Cubit a two-year contract:“Bill has stepped in during an extremely difficult period and done an outstanding job in leading our football program since August,” Interim...
Via Fox Sports
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois names Bill Cubit as head football coach

One coaching search has ended in the Big Ten, and it’s in Champaign, Illinois. The athletic department released the following today: * The University of Illinois announced today Bill Cubit and the school have agreed to a two-year agreement making Cubit the Head Football Coach, pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees. “Bill has stepped in during an extremely difficult...
Via The Student Section
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini name Bill Cubit permanent head coach

Illinois athletics is in a state of flux, with an interim president and athletic director to go along with an interim football head coach. Bill Cubit took over for the fired Tim Beckman one week before the season started. Since then, he’s got the Illini to within a game of bowl eligibility heading in to Saturday’s matchup with in-state rival Northwestern. That interim tag got...
Via Talking 10
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois AD wants decision on Cubit's fate by Sunday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Interim Illinois athletic director Paul Kowalczyk says that ideally a decision will be made by Sunday about whether interim football Bill Cubit gets the job permanently.Kowalczyk said Wednesday on WSKJ radio in Champaign that he and interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson will decide whether to keep Cubit. Kowalczyk said "we need to make that call" within 24 hours of...
Via AP on Fox
November 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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