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Illinois Fighting Illini Football: What should the expectations for the program be under Lovie Smith?

Josh Whitman hardly had time to settle into his new role as athletic director before he hired Lovie Smith as the new head coach of University of Illinois football in 2016. Whitman knew who he wanted and then went and got him. Simple as that. It was a home run hire for Illinois. Whitman had managed to land a former NFL head coach, and a very successful one at that. Smith has now been...
Via EndZoneScore
16 hours ago

WATCH: Illini Basketball vs. Northwestern Wrap-Up 2/21/17

FightingIllini.com's Jori Parys wraps-up Illinois basketball's 66-50 victory over Northwestern, including sound from senior PG Tracy Abrams – Feb. 21, 2017.

Illinois Basketball: Illini players finishing season with heart

Just four days ago I was thrilled that the Illinois basketball team not only beat the Iowa Hawkeyes but they swept them this season. For this Illini program right now, a sweep is something to cherish. I didn’t think another sweep would happen so quickly, but last night the Illini pulled off another surprise by […] Illinois Basketball: Illini players finishing season with heart...
Via Writing Illini
22 hours ago

Illinois Football: Successful weekend of visits + Donnie Abraham = good times for Illini fans

Illinois football had a great month of February. Signing day, visits, and hires have really got this fan base fired up. Lovie Smith and his staff wasted no time whatsoever on working towards a great 2018 class of recruits. There were many notable visitors this past weekend. Verdis Brown, Houston Griffith, and Blaine Scott are […] Illinois Football: Successful weekend of visits...
Via Writing Illini
23 hours ago

WATCH: Illinois Basketball Highlights vs Northwestern | 2/21/17

Top Illini plays from Illinois' 66-50 win at Northwestern with radio calls from the Fighting Illini Radio Network – Feb. 21, 2017.

Illinois Basketball: Fans only expecting 2 wins to finish season

A lot of fans are down on the Illinois basketball team right now and rightfully so. This program has disappointed this season. With four games remaining they still have an outside, and I mean far outside, shot at making the NCAA Tournament and shocking the world. This would be like Rocky v. Apollo Creed in […] Illinois Basketball: Fans only expecting 2 wins to finish season - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
1 day ago

Illinois Sports: Six More Illini Basketball Head Coaching Candidates

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team managed to win over the weekend but there will need to be a lot more wins and a NCAA Tournament appearance to possibly save John Groce’s job. People continue to come out with lists of the top […] Illinois Sports: Six More Illini Basketball Head Coaching Candidates -...
Via Writing Illini
1 day ago

WATCH: Illinois Basketball Practice Interviews | 2/2017

FightingIllini.com's Jori Parys talks to Malcolm Hill and Te'Jon Lucas ahead of the Illini's game vs. Northwestern at State Farm Center on Feb. 11, 2017.

Illinois Football: 5 state of Illinois recruits needed for 2018

There are a lot of recruiting options out there for the Illinois football team in 2018. These players will be building blocks for successful teams in the future. The Illini are targeting many players from all over the country. Florida has been a huge recruiting pipeline for the team since Lovie Smith took over the […] Illinois Football: 5 state of Illinois recruits needed for 2018...
Via Writing Illini
2 days ago

Illinois Basketball: Possibilities if Illini win final four games

The Illinois basketball team had a solid win over the weekend against the Iowa Hawkeyes. This win will help their Big Ten Tournament seeding. If the season ended today, I believe, the Illini would be a No. 12 seed losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Indiana who is currently tied with Illinois record wise. Illinois was […] Illinois Basketball: Possibilities if Illini win final...
Via Writing Illini
2 days ago

Illinois Sports: Illini fighting for Big Ten Tournament seeding

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team had a good win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. This victory marked a sweep of Iowa this season. Winning this game helped the program get to 15-12 overall and it should boost their seeding as well. […] Illinois Sports: Illini fighting for Big Ten Tournament seeding...
Via Writing Illini
2 days ago

Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback competition: Should Lovie Smith alternate quarterbacks in 2017?

Illinois Fighting Illini football is in transition. Head coach Lovie Smith is embarking on his second season in Champaign as the Illini are in the thick of Spring Practice. Is there an Illini quarterback competition brewing this offseason? Roster turnover is constant. Illinois will be moving on from starting quarterback Wes Lunt, a solid pocket passer who graduates in a couple of...
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3 days ago

Hill's 21, Lucas block help Illini hold off Iowa 70-66

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Malcom Hill scored 21 points and hauled down eight rebounds and Illinois held on for a 70-66 win over Iowa on Saturday. Michael Finke, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Te'Jon Lucas each scored 12 points for the Illini (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten). Lucas blocked Jordan Bohannon's go-ahead layup attempt in the final two minutes and then Coleman-Lands hit a corner 3-pointer...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Sports: Illini, Hawkeyes hope work during bye week helps

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois basketball team is set to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes today on the road. They beat this team for one of their three conference wins earlier this year. If Illinois can win this it would show that this team […] Illinois Sports: Illini, Hawkeyes hope work during bye week helps - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
5 days ago

Illinois Football: Aaron Antoniou’s goals for his Illini visit

There are quite a few recruits visiting the Illinois football team this weekend. This is huge for the Illini so they can potentially land a big-time class for 2018 and beyond. Developing a great relationship with these recruits is huge as well. They are coming up to get another look at the campus and to […] Illinois Football: Aaron Antoniou’s goals for his Illini visit - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
5 days ago

WATCH: Illini G Jalen Coleman-Lands Practice Interview | 2/17/17

FightingIllini.com's Jori Parys talks to Jalen Coleman-Lands ahead of the Fighting Illini basketball game at Iowa on Feb. 18, 2017.

Illinois Basketball: Top Illini Head Coach Replacements – Mid-Major Edition

The Illinois basketball coaching situation is still up in the air right now as many fans, including myself, think John Groce is a lame duck leader. Groce is a great guy and good for the community, but he just isn’t cut out for the job at Illinois. It is sad that things are coming to […] Illinois Basketball: Top Illini Head Coach Replacements – Mid-Major Edition - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
5 days ago

Illinois Basketball: Illini Missed Opportunity of a Down Big Ten

The Illinois basketball team has been undoubtedly disappointing this season with a 14-12 record overall and 4-9 in the Big Ten. This is one of the worst Illinois teams I have ever seen in my lifetime. That is a sad state of affairs considering the experience that was returning and the level of play in […] Illinois Basketball: Illini Missed Opportunity of a Down Big Ten - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
5 days ago

Illinois Baseball: Preview and Breakdown of the 2017 Season

Ladies and gentlemen, it might still be cold and gray outside, but pitchers and catchers reported this week in MLB — so it’s time to start thinking about baseball. While college baseball doesn’t always move the needle in Big Ten country, especially this early in the year, it’s always fun to think about where your team […] Illinois Baseball: Preview and Breakdown of the...
Via Writing Illini
5 days ago

WATCH: Donnie Abraham Post-Practice Interview 2/15/17

New Illinois football safeties coach Donnie Abraham talks about joining Lovie Smith's staff, working with safeties and what he can bring to the Fighting Illini coming from Florida – Feb. 15, 2017.

WATCH: Lovie Smith Post-Practice Interview 2/15/17

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith talks about the start of spring ball and the addition of Donnie Abraham as an assistant coach – Feb. 15, 2017.

Illinois Basketball: The Case for Monty Williams as Next Illini Head Coach

The Illinois basketball coaching search will be interesting if there is a change at the helm. John Groce is still leading this team despite having a 14-12 record overall and a 4-9 record in the Big Ten. This is unacceptable five years into the job. With a fourth straight missed NCAA Tournament on the horizon, […] Illinois Basketball: The Case for Monty Williams as Next Illini Head...
Via Writing Illini
6 days ago

Illinois Sports: Illinois Fighting Illini 2017 Spring Football Preview

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois football team is in the middle of spring practice now and things are looking good so far.  No injuries have happened two days in and the future looks bright. Having a team practicing for a month in the spring […] Illinois Sports: Illinois Fighting Illini 2017 Spring Football Preview...
Via Writing Illini
6 days ago

Illinois Football: Lovie Smith is Building Bridge to IMG Academy

Illinois football fans are approaching a full year of stability with the program. That is a nice feeling after hiring Lovie Smith in March of 2016 to lead this team. Lovie has brought changes to this program from the top down. He brings a sense of leadership that we haven’t seen in a long time […] Illinois Football: Lovie Smith is Building Bridge to IMG Academy - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
7 days ago

Illinois Football: Arrelious Benn Re-Signs with Jacksonville Jaguars

A former Illinois football player is making the news today as Arrelious Benn received a contract extension from the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a big signing for the Jaguars as he has been a solid player, when healthy, for this franchise. According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Benn has agreed to a deal […] Illinois Football: Arrelious Benn Re-Signs with Jacksonville...
Via Writing Illini
7 days ago
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