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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
6 days ago  |  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
8 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

BSR Opponent Preview: Illinois

Talking 10’s Andy Coppens joins Joe Dexter on BSR to preview the Illinois Fighting Illini — Ohio State’s week 10 opponent. The post BSR Opponent Preview: Illinois appeared first on The Buckeye Battle Cry: Ohio State News and Commentary.
Via Buckeye Battle Cry
12 days ago  |  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
13 days ago  |  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
20 days ago  |  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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois adds three-star athlete prospect Drake Spears to its 2016 recruiting class.

Drake Spears. Image via Scout.com. Illinois has added the fifth member of its 2016 recruiting class. Aurora, Il. senior safety committed to the Fighting Illini on Friday. Officially committed to the University of Illinois! Go Fighting Illini!! #Blessed pic.twitter.com/fQtonjBOTy — Drake Spears Jr (@Drake_Spears20) June 12, 2015The 247Sports Composite grades Spears as a three-star...
Via Shirts With Random Triangles
23 days ago  |  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

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
May 23, 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

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 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

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
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