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ILLINOIS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Illinois guard Abrams tears Achilles, to miss second straight season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second straight season after tearing an Achilles tendon. Coach John Groce said Tuesday that Abrams tore his left Achilles during practice Monday. Abrams missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Groce said he feels terrible for Abrams. Illinois could ask the NCAA to give the senior another year of...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Illinois guard Abrams tears Achilles, out for 2nd season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second straight season after tearing an Achilles tendon. Coach John Groce said Tuesday that Abrams tore his left Achilles during practice Monday. Abrams missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Groce said he feels terrible for Abrams. Illinois could ask the NCAA to give the senior another year...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Illinois PG Tracy Abrams tears Achilles, out for season again

Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams has a torn Achilles and will miss the season for the second straight year. Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune reported Abrams’ latest injury. Illini PG Tracy Abrams to miss his second straight season with injury. Out with a torn Achilles. — Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) July 28, 2015 Abrams also missed last season in its entirety, having...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Illinois guard to miss summer trip with stress fracture

Illinois four-star freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has a stress fracture in his leg and will miss the team’s summer trip to Europe in August. Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported the injury. Fighting Illini head coach John Groce offered a brief statement on his player’s injury. “After experiencing pain in his left leg, Jalen was diagnosed...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Preview: Predicting the 2015 season

The Illinois Fighting Illini made a bowl game by the skin of their teeth in 2014, and with most of the important parts of that team back there is some small modicum of optimism in Champaign, Ill. these days. However, it wouldn’t be an offseason in the Illini program without head coach Tim Beckman making headlines for something off the field. This time it was accusations of player...
Via Talking 10
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Preview: A Look at the 2015 Defense

For as fun as the Illinois Fighting Illini offense has been the past two years, the defensive side of the ball has given Illini coaches, fans and those covering the team plenty of anxiety. To put it bluntly, this group has been downright awful. Under Beckman and defensive coordinator Tim Banks, the Illini defense has ranked 112th (2014), 112th (2013) and 54th (2012) in the nation...
Via Talking 10
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini: Around the Campus 2015

Welcome back for another installment in Talking 10’s “Illinois Week” series. Although most of our articles for “Illinois Week” are focusing on football, this is our weekly chance to check in on all the other athletic success stories going on in the land of The Champaign Room. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of 2014-15 and how that will project forward for...
Via Talking 10
June 25, 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

Illinois guard Mike LaTulip to redshirt next season, graduate

Illinois combo guard Mike LaTulip will redshirt during the 2015-16 season and is expected to graduate next spring. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the story. Illinois combo guard Mike LaTulip will red shirt during the 2015-16 season, source told @CBSSports. Expected to graduate in May of 2016. — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 15, 2015 A native of Mt. Prospect, Illinois...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake Spears Jr. commits to Illinois

Three-star athlete Drake Spears Jr., of Aurora West High School in Aurora, Illinois, near Chicago, has committed to the University of Illinois. A member of the Class of 2016, whom ESPN lists as a safety, Spears announced his decision on his personal Twitter page. Officially committed to the University of Illinois! Go Fighting Illini!! #Blessed pic.twitter.com/fQtonjBOTy — Drake...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini 2015 Preview and Prediction

Tim Beckman’s teams have improved every year he’s been at Illinois. But an offseason fraught with negative headlines and a very...
Via Athlon Sports
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Players Are Tweeting In Support Of Program Using The Hashtag #ProudIllini

Illinois’ football programs has come under fire recently after former players Darius Millines and Simon Cvijanovic accused head coach Tim Beckman and staff of multiple forms of mistreatment.  Millines and Cvijanovic’s allegations are quite serious, but there are others stepping in to defend their program. Several current and former Illinois players have taken to Twitter to voice...
Via College Spun
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Illinois Football Player Goes on Rant Against Head Coach

Former Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic went off on a rant targeting the Illini football team as well as head coach Tim Beckman on Sunday. Displaying anger and outright frustration, Cvijanovic  accused Beckman of abuse and “misuse of power.” In a Twitter rant that lasted hours and included dozens of tweets, Cvijanovic didn’t back down when faced with questions...
Via Sportsnaut
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Coach Tim Beckman Issues Statement In Response To Simon Cvijanovic’s Accusations

Sunday afternoon, former Illinois offensive guard Simon Cvijanovic, who injured his shoulder midway through last season and quit the team shortly after, went on a passionate Twitter rant about how he felt he was mistreated by the Illini coaching staff during his time in Champaign. A few hours later, Beckman and Illinois have issued a statement in response. Matt Wettersten of WCIA...
Via College Spun
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois OL Ted Karras Responds To Simon Cvijanovic’s Allegations, Says Former Teammate “Quit On His Brothers”

Former Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic posted a series of damning tweets about the Illini’s football program earlier this afternoon.  The former offensive tackle, whose college career ended last November when he injured his shoulder, made some serious allegations against head coach Tim Beckman and the Illinois athletic department. Among the allegations: he was pushed...
Via College Spun
May 10, 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

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 Giving Away 2004-2005 Starter Bobbleheads

  VIRAL - Illinois Athletics announced on Friday afternoon that they would be randomly giving away 1,000 bobbleheads of each of the starters on the 2004-2005 basketball team. Here’s when you will have a shot to win a bobblehead. Pictures of the bobbleheads can be seen below. January 7th (#24 Illinois vs. #21 Maryland): Roger Powell January 21st (#24 Illinois vs. Purdue): James...
Via Sports Mockery
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Has Illinois Football Improved On The Recruiting Trail?

Since Tim Beckman became the Illinois Head Football Coach following the 2011 football season, things haven’t quite turned around as expected. The Fighting Illini have won just two Big Ten games in three years under coach Beckman, but what about the recruiting trail? Have Beckman and the rest of the Fighting Illini coaching staff been able to turn things around off the field? The...
Via Sports Mockery
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Smokin’ Hot Fighting Illini Fans

There are a lot of great things about going away to college, but attending a campus that is littered with smoking hot women is right near the top. The University of Illinois continually ranks near the top when it comes to the best party schools in the country and for good reason. The top party schools ranking is based on survey questions relating to student use of alcohol and drugs...
Via Sports Mockery
October 21, 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
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