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Ex-Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase returns to team as assistant

A former Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback is returning to the program as an assistant. The university announced that Nathan Scheelhaase has been hired as the assistant director of football operations. Interestingly enough, Scheelhaase replaces another former Illini quarterback, Juice Williams. “I am honored to be working for the university I call home,” Scheelhaase said...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois football players showing support of coaches

In recent weeks, the Illinois Fighting Illini football program has been under fire thanks to criticism from former players regarding head coach Tim Beckman. While the likes of Darius Millines and Simon Cvijanovic have said that they were mistreated by Beckman, some of the current players on the roster are taking to social media to defend their coach. The Illini players are using...
Via Campus Sports Net
13 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Illinois Player Darius Millines Tweets That Tim Beckman, Staff Shunned Him For Visiting Sick Father

Last week, former Illinois lineman Simon Cvijanovic made headlines for a long Twitter rant against Illini head coach Tim Beckman and the Illini program. Cvijanovic, who had been a four year starter and has served as one of the team’s media reps at Big Ten Media Days, accused Beckman of making him play through pain and claims that the program employs unlicensed medical professionals...
Via College Spun
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Illini’s Tim Beckman Under Fire

Over the weekend former Illinois offensive lineman, Simon Cvijanovic took his distaste for Illini head coach Tim Beckman to twitter. Cvijanovic cited Beckman’s abuse of power in his tweet and attributed many of his (Cvijanovic’s) mental issues to Beckman’s physical, mental, and emotional ridicule. On Monday, Illini Athletic Director, Mike Thomas came out in support of his head...
Via Campus Sports Net
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Illinois Football Player Simon Cvijanovic Blasts Coach Tim Beckman on Twitter

It’s no secret Illinois’ coach Tim Beckman is on the hot seat entering 2015. Beckman’s win total has improved by two games in back...
Via Athlon Sports
17 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Illinois OL Simon Cvijanovic Has Some Serious Allegations Against Tim Beckman, Illini Football Staff

Former Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic took some time out of his Sunday to make some pretty serious allegations against the Illini’s football program.  Cvijanovic, whose college career ended last November when he injured his shoulder, says he was constantly asked to play through pain.  The 6-foot-6, 310-pound former offensive tackle posted a series of tweets that...
Via College Spun
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois WR Mike Dudek suffers torn ACL in spring practice

The Illinois Fighting Illini offense took a hit during spring practice on Wednesday, after an injury to the team’s top wide receiver. During a non-contact practice at Memorial Stadium, Mike Dudek suffered a torn ACL. The injury puts Dudek’s status for the 2015 season in jeopardy. However, despite the serious nature of the torn ACL, Illinois seems hopeful that their star receiver...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 08, 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

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

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

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

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 Unveils "Gray Ghost" Uniforms for Oct. 25 Game Against Minnesota

Illinois has a new uniform design for 2014, but the Fighting Illini have unveiled a special look for the Oct. 25 game against Minnesota.The “...
Via Athlon Sports
October 16, 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...
Via Total Sports Live
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

Double Dip: Two Superstar Recruits to Officially Visit Illinois This Weekend

It’s long been known that big man Elijah Thomas would be visiting the weekend of September 20th, but now another star high school player will be joining him. Combo guard Jalen Coleman will also be officially visiting Illinois the weekend of September 20th. Coleman’s Recruitment Rapidly Changing Jalen Coleman’s recruit has been a roller coaster. Coleman had long been rumored...
Via Sports Mockery
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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