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ILLINOIS RUMORS & GOSSIP

VIDEO: Relive The Greatest Fighting Illini Comeback Ever

Let’s travel back to 2005, when Illinois basketball was relevant in the NCAA Tournament. On this day, 10 years ago, the Illinois men’s basketball team had the best comeback in tournament history. The Fighting Illini owned the city of Chicago and in their Elite 8 matchup against Arizona, Illinois essentially played a home game in Rosemont. With a 35-1 record and a No. 1 seed in...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois’ bubble bursts with blowout loss to Michigan

CHICAGO — The good news for Illinois fans if they will not have to sweat on Selection Sunday. The bad news is there will be no tension because everybody knowns the Fighting Illini are NIT bound for the second straight year under coach John Groce. Illinois entered the Big Ten Tournament on a bubble, needing at the very least to win their first game against Michigan to have a chance...
Via The Catch and Shoot
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan delivers 2nd round KO to Illinois’ NCAA tournament hopes

Illinois needed a good game or two during the Big Ten tournament in order to impress the NCAA selection committee, or at least that’s what most bracketologists thought. Rather than take destiny in to their own hands, Michigan delivered an emphatic knockout punch to the Illini’s hopes of dancing in the big dance. The Wolverines took care of any Illinois hopes, winning 73-55, and...
Via Talking 10
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Vine: Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice Volleyball Spiked An Opponent’s Layup Attempt

Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice finished off an alley-oop in rather impressive fashion in the first half of today’s game against Purdue. In the second half against the Boilermakers, it was Rice’s turn to produce a highlight-reel play on defense.  Purdue’s Rapheal Davis attempted to be fundamentally sound and finish with his left hand on the left side. Rice, apparently, has little...
Via College Spun
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Vine: Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice Finishes Nasty Alley-Oop vs. Purdue

We’ve seen a number of incredible dunks so far today, and Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice has definitely earned his place on the list of the day’s best slams. With his Illini up 20-10 against Purdue in a crucial game for both teams, Rice skied to finish an awesome alley-oop to extend the team’s lead to 12.  Rice is off to a blistering start and leads all scorers with 14 points...
Via College Spun
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Rankings for the Week of March 2

1. Illinois (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten). Last week: 1 Illinois ended a three-game losing streak Saturday with a dominant win against Northwestern. The Fighting Illini remain on the NCAA Tournament bubble, although wins against Nebraska and Purdue this week would help their resume greatly.   2. Illinois State (19-11, 11-7 MVC). Last week: 2 Illinois State has won four straight games going...
Via The Catch and Shoot
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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
February 20, 2015  |  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
February 13, 2015  |  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

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

Tim Beckman makes changes to Illinois coaching staff

Illinois is on the rise…at least that’s what making a bowl game will tell you. However, a 6-7 season would suggest there are still plenty of things to work on. That has led to much speculation over changes coming to the Illini staff. The speculation can end as of Thursday afternoon, as head coach Tim Beckman announced he was letting assistant coaches Tim Salem and Greg Colby...
Via Talking 10
January 08, 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

Another Commitment Coming for Fighting Illini?

On the same day the Fighting Illini got a commitment from in-state tight end Caleb Reams, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong is reporting that Illinois may get another commit on Sunday. In Wiltfong’s words: A source with knowledge of the situation indicated that Illinois would add another football commitment Sunday. Although it is unknown who the commit may be, many...
Via Sports Mockery
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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