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Illini in Heart of Dallas Bowl: preview, prediction

Celebrate Boxing Day with the Heart of Dallas Bowl, pitting the Fighting Illini against Louisiana Tech at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, on Dec. 26 at Noon central on ESPN. It marks Illinois’ first bowl appearance since 2011 and its third in the last five years.  Yes, Tim Beckman is bowling. It still sounds weird to say. For the season, Illinois scored 88 less points than...
Via The Sports Bank
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini in Heart of Dallas Bowl: five things to watch

Celebrate Boxing Day with the Heart of Dallas Bowl, pitting the Fighting Illini against Louisiana Tech at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, on Dec. 26 at Noon central on ESPN. It marks Illinois’ first bowl appearance since 2011 and its third in the last five years.  Yes, Tim Beckman is bowling. It still sounds weird to say. For the season, Illinois scored 88 less points than...
Via The Sports Bank
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini basketball: five major issues in need of repair

It’s been easy for Illini basketball fans to scapegoat Aaron Cosby. How poorly he’s shot the ball speaks for itself. He was 1-9 tonight, and here are his last 5 games before the loss to Oregon: 1-8, 2-6, 1-10, 0-6, 3-10. Illini basketball coach John Groce subbed Cosby for Kendrick Nunn in the starting five. However, Cosby, not Nunn, received the bulk of the minutes in crunch...
Via The Sports Bank
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oregon knocks off Illinois at United Center, 77-70

Here’s a guest post by Josh Rosenblat, who was on hand for Oregon vs. Illinois at the United Center Saturday. Josh is part of the Inside NU team, which does a great job covering Northwestern sports. You can find more of Josh’s work here. CHICAGO — At various points throughout Illinois’ 77-70 loss to Oregon at the United Center, the Illini seemed poised to pull away. With...
Via The Catch and Shoot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini still Chicago’s college hoops team; as Saturday reminds us

As the Illinois Fighting Illini play at the United Center this Saturday, it provides another opportunity for the team from Champaign-Urbana to renew it’s relationship with Chicago. Although they’re a 2.5 hour drive (without traffic that is) from Chicago, the Illini are the windy city’s hometown team. There is more interest in Illini basketball here than for the five local...
Via The Sports Bank
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini To Debut Silver Uniforms In Madison Square Garden

On Tuesday, December 9th, the Fighting Illini will take on Villanova in Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. The game will be on ESPN starting at 6 PM CT. It’s the first time this season that Illinois will play on the main ESPN channel, and they will be rocking their new silver uniforms for the whole world to see. According to reports, Illinois will debut their...
Via Sports Mockery
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Football Will Play in Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl

Illinois Football, by the result of a small miracle, is officially going bowling. The Fighting Illini will play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against Louisiana Tech on Friday, December 26th, 12:00 PM CT. The game will be televised on ESPN. Cowboy Hats and Belt Buckles for Illini this year. Dallas-bound. — Ryan Easterling (@RyanEasterling) December 7, 2014 DALLAS! DALLAS...
Via Sports Mockery
12 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 24 Illinois tops American 70-55

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Malcolm Hill scored 13 points as Illinois defeated American 70-55 on Saturday. The Illini (7-1) only led by two points midway through the first half, but a 17-2 run put the Eagles (5-4) in an early deficit. American whittled the lead to eight with 10:42 remaining in the second half. But the Illini's Jaylon Tate had a three-point play and Hill drained a 3-pointer...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Volleyball Receives 9 Seed in NCAA Tournament

  VIRAL – On November 30th, the NCAA Volleyball Selection committee revealed the 64 teams that would be playing for a national championship. Home Sweet Home Unlike the NCAA Basketball Tournaments, in which every team is seeded, only the top 16 teams are seeded for volleyball. The Fighting Illini Volleyball team was given the ninth overall seed. As a result, Illinois will host...
Via Sports Mockery
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini Make the Right Move, Keep Tim Beckman

Following Illinois bowl bid securing win over Northwestern, Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas has announced that Head Coach Tim Beckman will be returning to coach the Fighting Illini. Improvement Here’s the statement that was released by Mike Thomas on November 30th. “It was important to see improvement in our football program this season. Over the last month, we have...
Via Sports Mockery
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois RB Josh Ferguson Has the Sweetest Spin Move of the Day

It is not often that we get a reason to talk about the Illinois football team, but Josh Ferguson certainly provided a good one against Northwestern Saturday. He had a pretty good day overall with 132 all-purpose yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns, but that is not why we are talking about the Fighting Illini.It's this spin move.@SBNationGIF/TwitterRead more »
Via FatManWriting
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Illinois Fighting Illini really turned a corner under John Groce?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Those words have great application in the belief that things were turned around for the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball program over the last few years. After all, we saw Illinois do some serious damage against its non-conference schedules the last few years, only to be burned by reality of the rough and tumble Big Ten....
Via Talking 10
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois HC Tim Beckman shows desperation in blaming academics

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Such is the case for Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman, who has his back firmly against the wall in Champaign, Ill. It would explain the fact that Beckman decided to lash out at the admissions people and that pesky thing called academic standards. Yes, Beckman went off about the fact that higher academic standards are the...
Via Talking 10
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

College Basketball 2014-15: Illinois Fighting Illini Team Preview

For the first time during his tenure at Illinois, John Groce has a roster loaded with familiar faces. Of the 13 players making up this year’s...
Via Athlon Sports
October 31, 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...
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...
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 — 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

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

Illinois Fighting Illini debuting new uniforms, possible new logo?

The Illinois Fighting Illini will debut an updated brand identity at a special event on Wednesday, April 16, starting at 7 pm at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the UI campus. For those of you who didn’t go to business school, “brand identity” translates into logo, colors, trademark etc. Will there be a new logo? We’ll probably have to wait until the 16th to find...
Via The Sports Bank
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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