ILLINOIS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald apologizes for ‘snubbing’ Illinois’ Lovie Smith

When Big Ten Media Days kicked off on Monday, Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald opened up his time at the podium by welcoming the new coaches to the conference. Fitzgerald specifically mentioned DJ Durkin and Tracy Claeys, but forgot to mention Lovie Smith, who is taking over the Illinois Fighting Illini. After realizing his little snafu, Fitzgerald took to social...
Via Campus Sports Net
20 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Basketball: Jordan Goodwin To Cut His List

The Illinois basketball team is focusing on the class of 2017 and so are the fans of the program as well. One of the few main focuses left on the recruiting trail is forward-guard Jordan Goodwin. Goodwin is a 4-star recruit that is ranked as the No. 53 player in the class of 2017.  He […] Illinois Basketball: Jordan Goodwin To Cut His List - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An...
Via Writing Illini
36 minutes ago

Lovie Smith sees “a lot of potential with our football team” at Illinois

The Illinois Fighting Illini are picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten West, but don’t tell new head coach Lovie Smith that. Don’t tell that to an Illini fan. For the first time since Ron Zook was the head coach of this football team, there is optimism around the Illinois program. Good morning from #B1GMediaDay! #Illini pic.twitter.com/XXNyOonV4J — Illini Football (@IlliniFootball...
Via EndZoneScore
4 hours ago

Illinois Football: Juan Harris Does Not Hurt the Illini

The recruiting process has been stressful for some Illinois football fans. This process is going to be slow and grueling for the class of 2017.  That is just the way it is going to be. Lovie Smith was hired on March 7, 2016.  That is less than five months ago. How do you expect Lovie […] Illinois Football: Juan Harris Does Not Hurt the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
4 hours ago

Lovie Smith and Illinois look like a perfect fit in the Big Ten

When the University of Illinois announced back on a Saturday morning in early March, that they'd fired head football coach Bill Cubit, it sent shockwaves through the college football community. It also left fans saying 'here we go again' with one of college football's most woebegone programs.Simply put, there are --- or at least 'were' --- few teams in college football with as little...
Via Fox Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Sports: Michigan Football Still Leaving Illini In Dust

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois football season is quickly approaching so that means the Big Ten Media Day is going on right now.  This is an event for the media to hear from players and coaches for the upcoming season. One coach that talked […] Illinois Sports: Michigan Football Still Leaving Illini In Dust - Writing...
Via Writing Illini
5 hours ago

Illinois Football: 5 Strengths for the 2016 Season

The Illinois football team is heading into the 2016 season with higher expectations than normal. In the offseason, the Illini went through a big change in leadership. They went from a coach who was at a MAC program before coming to Champaign, to a coach who has over a decade of NFL leadership experience. This […] Illinois Football: 5 Strengths for the 2016 Season - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
21 hours ago

Illinois Basketball: Projecting Illini Point Guards for 2016

As the Illinois basketball season approaches, my excitement continues to grow for multiple reasons. The team should be pretty good this year with healthy players coming back and sixth-year seniors returning as well. But, the area that excites me the most is at point guard. The fact that Illinois hasn’t had a true point guard […] Illinois Basketball: Projecting Illini Point Guards...
Via Writing Illini
1 day ago

What Jeremiah Tilmon brings to Illinois

After three straight years of bad breaks and bad luck, the Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball team received some great news on Monday afternoon. That good news came with the verbal commitment of six foot, 10 inch, 220-pound center Jeremiah Tilmon. Tilmon was the third player to commit to the program in the 2017 recruiting class and the first five-star player for the Illini...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois lands 2017 five-star F Jeremiah Tilmon

The Illinois Fighting Illini look like they can be a great team on the basketball court, but they just haven’t taken advantage of their opportunities as of late. That could all change after they landed five-star forward Jeremiah Tilmon. Tilmon is one of the top players in the country for the 2017 recruiting class and it could be considered a huge upset for the Illini to land him...
Via Campus Sports Net
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt added to Maxwell Award watch list

Illinois senior quarterback Wes Lunt is on the 90-man Maxwell Award watch list, a college football award given to the best player in the country. The award is given out based on the opinions of the media, head coaches and members of the Maxwell Football Club. Maxwell Award (top player in college football) named #Illini QB Wes Lunt to its watch list » https://t.co/HrUUcodnXP pic...
Via EndZoneScore
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaylon Tate rejoins Illinois after charges are dropped

The Illinois Fighting Illini are hoping to return to prominence. In order to do that, they will need everyone to put their best effort forward.. The return of guard Jaylon Tate should be a big help as well. Tate had been suspended from the team after he has been charged with misdemeanor battery for hitting a woman in March. However, those charges were dropped and athletic director...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois F Leron Black reinstated, suspended six games

The Illinois Fighting Illini are looking to get back into contention in the college basketball world next season and they will be getting a big piece of their team back. It was announced that forward Leron Black has been reinstated and will play this year but with some contingencies. Illinois head coach John Groce announced he would be back on the team but would sit out the first...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 07, 2016  |  Discuss

University of Illinois is finally ready to find a new mascot

After nearly a decade without one, the Fighting Illini could soon have a new mascot to represent the University of Illinois at sporting events. On Monday, University of Illinois interim chancellor Barbara Wilson said a committee will be formed to determine the process for finding a new mascot for the school. This comes after a recommendation from the student senate to consider...
Via The Comeback
May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Bucs CB: Jameis Winston is not ‘fat’ anymore

Fresh off a last-place finish in the NFC South that saw head coach Lovie Smith shown the door, at least the Buccaneers can rest easy knowing that their prized young quarterback is in prime playing shape heading into next season. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston appears to have slimmed down some this offseason, and it has definitely caught the attention of his teammates...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois star Kendrick Nunn arrested, charged with domestic battery

Junior guard Kendrick Nunn is the fourth Illinois men’s basketball player to be arrested since August, and the second to be charged with domestic battery in the last week. On Wednesday evening, Nunn allegedly pushed and struck a woman in the back of the head after an argument over money. From The News-Gazette: First Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Ziegler said Champaign police...
Via College Spun
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois guard arrested for allegedly punching girlfriend

University of Illinois point guard Jaylon Tate was arrested by Champaign police on Saturday after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face, reports the News-Gazette. Police were called by a friend of the alleged victim to an apartment at 1:40 a.m. When officers arrived, they noted she was spitting blood and had a swollen face. Officers talked to two of the woman’s friends...
Via The Comeback
March 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois sells 2,000 season tickets after Lovie Smith hired

Lovie Smith’s record as an NFL head coach may be something of a mixed bag, but Illinois fans are pumped up by the hire all the same. According to the official website of Illini Football, the school’s ticket office sold 2,000 season tickets in the 48 hours following the announcement that Smith had been hired as the team’s head coach. Such is the state of Loviemania in Champaign...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois officially hires Lovie Smith as head coach

Lovie Smith is back in Illinois, only this time, it’s not on the sidelines for the Chicago Bears, but as the new head coach of the University of Illinois. Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman took to Twitter to pose with the new coach, and the school confirmed the hiring. #ILLINI pic.twitter.com/OULEpiGgjS — Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) March 7, 2016 It's OFFICIAL » https...
Via The Comeback
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois hires Lovie Smith to coach football team

That didn’t take long. Just two days after new Athletic Director Josh Whitman fired interim head coach Bill Cupit, he hired Lovie Smith to replace him. Whitman announced the move himself by way of two Twitter messages: #ILLINI pic.twitter.com/OULEpiGgjS — Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) March 7, 2016 #WEWILLWIN pic.twitter.com/eIC379IiyD — Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) March 7...
Via Sportsnaut
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois fires football coach Bill Cubit three months after removing interim tag

At the end of November, Illinois interim coach Bill Cubit had his interim tag removed and was formally named the head coach of the Fighting Illini. Little more than three months later, Cubit has been fired. Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman made the announcement Saturday morning, which, not coincidentally, was his first official day in that capacity. “At this juncture …...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Illini players find out via Twitter firing of football coach Bill Cubit

New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman wasted no time in making a huge splash. One of his first moves on the job was to fire head football coach Bill Cubit, who took over for Tim Beckman last August. While the sense of urgency is somewhat understandable, given Illinois’ recent troubles, multiple Illini players and signees took to Twitter shortly after the news came out. Apparently...
Via College Spun
March 05, 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

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
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