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ILLINOIS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Fran McCaffery transcript

Here’s a transcript of Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery discussing the Hawkeyes’ upcoming game against Illinois:Q. How is Illinois different now that Rayvonte Rice is back in the lineup?

Illini part ways with guard Aaron Cosby

The writing seemed to be on the wall as of late. Both Aaron Cosby and RayVonte Rice were suspended earlier in February, but Rice has already returned to the team. On Friday the Illini announced that they had parted ways with Cosby, who was in his redshirt junior season. “After having further discussions with Aaron and evaluating the situation from both sides, he and I have mutually...
Via Talking 10
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Cosby to transfer from Illinois

Junior guard Aaron Cosby and Illinois have decided to part ways, the school announced Friday. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images Cosby, a 6-foot-3 guard who transferred to Illinois from Seton Hall, was averaging 7.8 points per game in his first season with the Illini. He had started 13 of the team’s first 19 games before being suspended for the last 7 games. “After having further...
Via The Catch and Shoot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Spring Preview 2015: Can Fighting Illini build off bowl bid?

(Over the next few weeks we’ll be digging in to each Big Ten team as spring football gets closer) Last season was an improvement…sort of. At least Illinois found a way to win a few games in Big Ten play and get to bowl eligibility. It took a win over rival Northwestern in the season finale to get there, but the Illini accomplished the first step in making an improvement. The...
Via Talking 10
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois and Northwestern will play at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

From the "Two bald men fighting over a comb" department comes word that Illinois has fired another salvo against Northwestern in the two schools' rather futile fight for the title of favorite football team in Chicago. Illinois has announced that it has signed an agreement to move its scheduled home games in 2015, 2017, and 2019 against Northwestern to Soldier Field in Chicago.Illinois...
Via Shirts With Random Triangles
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois set to host Northwestern in 3-game series at Soldier Field

Three games to settle an age-old debate once and for all….Saturday, Saturday, Saturday…at Soldier Field in Chicago. Yep, the Illinois Fighting Illini will move its next three home games against the Northwestern Wildcats from Memorial Stadium in Champaign to the venerable stadium up in Chicago. Finally, we’ll get a three-game series to settle the debate. Is it “Chicago’s...
Via Talking 10
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois basketball responds well to adversity…again

Adversity loves Illinois basketball, and apparently the Illini love adversity back. Twice this season the Illini found out bad news just hours before tip-off of a Big Ten basketball game, and for the second time in less than a month the team responded well to the news handed down to them. On Saturday morning, head coach John Groce announced returning guards RayVonte Rice and Aaron...
Via Talking 10
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini stars RaVonte Rice & Aaron Cosby suspended by Groce

RayVonte Rice and Aaron Cosby had a chance to return to action for the Illinois basketball team on Saturday. That chance turned in to a fat chance, as it’s being reported that both players have been suspended indefinitely by head coach John Groce. Big news from Champaign- Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby have been suspended indefinitely by John Groce per press release. #illini @wqad...
Via Talking 10
26 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Fighting Illini Point Guard Target Drills Dramatic Game Winner

With only a few ticks left on the clock, Fighting Illini point guard target Marcus LoVett dished a pass to fellow guard Charlie Moore who knocked down a three to tie the game. LoVett proceeded to steal a pass and drill a mid range jumper as time expired. Take a look: Marcus LoVett visited Champaign last weekend for the game against Indiana. In front of a sold out State Farm Center...
Via Sports Mockery
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Indiana moved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten play on Sunday afternoon with an 80-74 win over Illinois at the State Farm Center. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Fighting Illini: · Indiana made the most important run of the afternoon: On an afternoon where there […] The post Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Illinois appeared...
Via Inside the Hall
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Breaking Out Its Throwbacks Again For Game vs. Indiana

Earlier in the season, Illinois wore throwback uniforms for its game against Missouri. The Illini won that December game 62-59, and now they’ll be looking to go 2-0 in the throwbacks, when Indiana comes to the State Farm Center this afternoon.  With Hoosiers in town, seems appropriate to break these out again today. #FlyinIllini #Throwbacks #Illini pic.twitter.com/GzZrhOf1l4...
Via College Spun
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois filling void left by Rayvonte Rice by committee

Indiana got to know Illinois’s Rayvonte Rice quite well last season — the 6-foot-4 senior’s first with the Fighting Illini. In his three games against the Hoosiers, Rice averaged 20.7 points per game, with more than 70 percent of those points coming from either on 2s or at the line. But in the Hoosiers’ lone […] The post Illinois filling void left by Rayvonte Rice by committee...
Via Inside the Hall
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois’ Unbelievable Comeback Win Over Arizona Recreated With Bobbleheads

The Fighting Illini made history with an incredible comeback win over the Arizona Wildcats in the 2005 NCAA Elite Eight, which is known as one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Trailing by 15 with four minutes to play did not scare off Illinois as they rallied to beat Arizona by one in overtime.   The Illini starting five that season were Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther...
Via Sports Mockery
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago’s Newest Star Is A Must Have For Fighting Illini

Marcus LoVett Jr. is a 6’0 senior from Chicago Morgan Park. A point guard that was at the top of all rankings at the beginning of his high school career but due to multiple transfers LoVett has fallen to being ranked #91 according to YahooSports. The 4 star prospect currently holds offers from Illinois, Kansas, St. Johns, San Diego State and Tennessee among others. The offers are...
Via Sports Mockery
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Clubhouse: Top-Ranked Illinois Men’s Golf Coach Mike Small

It may be extremely cold in Illinois, but that hasn’t stopped the Fighting Illini from being the No. 1 men’s golf team in the nation. Head coach Mike Small joins John Maginnes and Jeff Rude on The Clubhouse to talk about his team. Former PGA Tour pro John Maginnes, longtime Golfweek Senior Writer Jeff Rude, and extreme sports champion Will Christien co-host Back9Network’s...
Via Back9Network
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Basketball Targeting Duke Transfer

Duke forward Semi Ojeleye has announced that he will be transferring from the school. The Fighting Illini are one of many schools pursuing the sophomore. Originally a member of the Class of 2013, Ojeleye was rated a four star recruit by ESPN. He chose Duke over Oregon, Indiana, and Stanford, but limited playing through one and half seasons with the Blue Devils has forced him to look...
Via Sports Mockery
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Wearing Awesome Throwback Uniforms For Today’s Rivalry Game vs. Missouri

For the Illinois men’s basketball team, today is one of the biggest games of the year.  It’s just a non-conference contest, but the Fighting Illini are taking on their rival, Missouri. The game has already tipped off and is being televised on ESPN.  For the game, Illinois is wearing awesome throwback uniforms. Check them out:  How about these #Illini throwback unis for #BragginRights...
Via College Spun
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois to wear special 'Gray Ghost' uniforms against Gophers

The Illinois Fighting Illini football program -- a loser in 18 of 19 Big Ten games in three years under head coach Tim Beckman -- can use all the help it can get these days. And, on cue, Illinois will get a motivational assist this Saturday, as it stirs memories of one of college football's most legendary figures, Harold "Red" Grange. Illinois will honor alum Grange -- a.k.a. "the...
Via Fox Sports North
October 22, 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 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

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

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

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
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