ILLINOIS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
6 days ago  |  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 Associated Press
10 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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 Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois surges past Minnesota for 76-71 overtime win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) 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 Associated Press
21 days ago  |  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 Associated Press
21 days ago  |  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

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

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 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

Illinois AD wants decision on Cubit's fate by Sunday

Fighting Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit was promoted to interim head coach before the season. Bradley Leeb USA TODAY SportsCHAMPAIGN, 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...
Via Associated Press
November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois LB suspended following criminal probe in Georgia

Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Julian Jones has been placed on indefinite suspension from the team after a report from the AP stated that he was the subject of a criminal investigation in his home state of Georgia. The report only mentioned the following. The investigation is focused on an alleged crime committed somewhere in Georgia during a week the Illini were off in October...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini guard Kendrick Nunn set to miss eight weeks thanks to thumb surgery

Can Illinois Fighting Illini basketball and head coach John Groce catch a positive break for once? It seems like the injury bug has held this team back every year since Groce came to the Champaign campus. This season is no different, as it was announced on Tuesday that veteran guard Kendrick Nunn will miss eight weeks thanks to having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left...
Via Talking 10
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Receiver Mike Dudek May Not Return to the Lineup this Season

University of Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek (orange jersey) has not played or practiced this season after suffering a knee injury in April ( Getty Images)   When you consider that the Illinois Fighting Illini (4-2 overall, 1-1 Big Ten Conference) haven’t done too bad for themselves so far this season, you couldn’t really tell that they’ve been without their best offensive...
Via The Sports Journal
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

For Illinois and Tim Beckman, the ugliness has only just begun

On Twitter @TheStudentSect Tim Beckman, Illinois, and whatever happens next is like the first trip to the dentist in a decade … the event happening is bad enough, but the worst is by far yet to come, once you sit down in that chair and the dental assistant comes off of her smoke break to dive into the details. Illinois was dreadful under Beckman, who was hired after he swiftly...
Via The Student Section
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Tim Beckman fired by Illinois amid mistreatment allegations

The University of Illinois fired head football coach Tim Beckman one week before the season. Athletic director Mike Thomas announced the firing in a statement Friday, citing preliminary results of an external review into allegations that Beckman mistreated injured players. “The preliminary information external reviewers shared with me does not reflect our values or our commitment...
Via NESN.com
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: New Illinois basketball court design unveiled

The new basketball court for the Illinois Fighting Illini will be named Lou Henson Court. To go along with the new name for the court at the State Farm Center — which is named after Lou Henson, the all-time winningest coach in Illinois basketball history — the Illini have unveiled a new court design. That design was unveiled on Monday which you can see above. Hopefully having...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois F Darius Paul arrested, sent home from European tour

The long and winding college basketball career of Illinois forward Darius Paul is in serious jeopardy. After returning to the Illini following a season-long suspension for two failed drug tests, reports came out this morning that Paul had been sent home from the team’s European tour. As it turns out, Paul was arrested during a stop in France. BREAKING: Darius Paul was arrested...
Via College Spun
August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Preview: What did 2014 really tell us?

Does Illinois Fighting Illini head coach have nine lives or what? After disappointing for his first few years in Champaign, Beckman staved off what seemed to be certain firing with a late run to a bowl game appearance. Going 6-6 may not be a glowing endorsement of greatness to come, but the 2014 season provided enough hope for the administration to not let Beckman go. How did the...
Via Talking 10
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Illinois lineman says head coach made him play hurt

Former Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic has made some serious accusations against Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman. Cvijanovic, who was a senior last season, wrote in a lengthy Twitter rant on Sunday that Beckman and the Illinois training staff misdiagnosed his injuries and forced him to play when he shouldn’t have been. Cvijanovic decided to...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Have Beckman, Illinois Fighting Illini turned corner in recruiting?

How do you turn around a football program? The formula seems pretty simple — recruit players and coach ‘em up. For the Illinois Fighting Illini, that formula hasn’t blossomed over the first few years of the Tim Beckman era. But, something happened right last season and the Illini managed to get to .500 in regular season play. Positive momentum can be a good thing, and for Beckman...
Via Talking 10
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois coach wants media to better support football program

By Andrew Bucholtz Coaches in general, and college coaches in particular, often seem to have a poor understanding of the role of the media, but Illinois football coach Tim Beckman seems to understand it even less than most. At his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday, Beckman told the media in attendance they need to be more positive about his program. As relayed by...
Via Awful Announcing
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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