Illinois Football: Two big recruits make Scout Top 125

The Illinois football team has cast a wide net over the class of 2019. There are many players Lovie Smith and the Illini coaching staff are pursuing but some are more realistic than others. It was interesting to see what Illinois targets made the new Scout Top 125 rankings for 2019. Two players out of […] Illinois Football: Two big recruits make Scout Top 125 - Writing Illini ...
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10 hours ago

Lovie Smith Offers a Scholarship to a Ten-Year-Old

Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith offered a ten-year-old a scholarship to the University of Illinois. Et tu, Lovie?  Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith offered a University of Illinois football scholarship to ten-year-old Bunchie Young.  Yes, a fourth grader has a scholarship to join the U of I’s football team in 2025. […] Lovie Smith Offers a Scholarship...
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1 day ago

Illinois Football: Ralen Goforth could be big for 2019

Illinois football offered a scholarship to another interesting player over the last few days. Lovie Smith extended an offer to Ralen Goforth. He is a player who will be ranked in the top 300 when the class of 2019 rankings come out. Goforth is already built for the college game. He is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound […] Illinois Football: Ralen Goforth could be big for 2019 - Writing Illini...
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4 days ago

Illinois Football: Is offering 10-year old Bunchie Young a bad thing?

The Illinois football team recently made the news by offering a scholarship to a kid. This wasn’t just any regular kid, though. Bunchie Young is a 10-year old pre-teen who hasn’t even hit middle school yet. Lovie Smith and the Illini coaching staff found it helpful to offer this young and talented kid a scholarship […] Illinois Football: Is offering 10-year old Bunchie Young...
Via Writing Illini
4 days ago

Illinois Football: WR Carlos Sandy commits to Illini

The Illinois football team added another member to the family tonight. Carlos Sandy took to Twitter to announce he is committing to play football for Lovie Smith and the Illini. This was a nice commitment for Illinois because Sandy had scholarship offers from multiple teams including Colorado State, East Carolina and Syracuse. The Illini now […] Illinois Football: WR Carlos Sandy...
Via Writing Illini
7 days ago

WATCH: Lovie Smith Illini Pro Day Interview | 3/16/17

FightingIllini.com's Cassie Carlson interviews Illinois head coach Lovie Smith following Fighting Illini Football Pro Day on March 16, 2017.
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March 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Six big-name NFL free agents most likely to bust

Every single year, executives take risks by bringing in NFL free agents who they believe will significantly help their franchises improve. And every single year, a new crop of NFL free agency busts is sewn.It sometimes takes a couple years for the crop to show itself as such, but in some cases we know almost instantly that certain players should have never landed their lucrative...
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March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Change continues for Smith's Illini in the spring

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Lovie Smith and his staff didn't have the easiest start at Illinois last March. There were many disadvantages for the first-year college coach, including a late spring football season. But things have changed heading into the staff's second spring on campus. For starters, Smith actually knows his players' names. ''We know each other a lot better now, and...
Via Associated Press
February 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Lack of opportunities in CFB for black coaches still problematic

Depending on who you talk to, many believe that Charlie Strong deserved his firing from the University of Texas. Over three years, he compiled a record of 16-21. He had zero seasons with a record of .500 or better, and Texas lost to Kansas for the first time since 1938. For a program with the national prestige of Texas, the win total and fall from grace was intolerable. In his...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
November 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois goes without a kickoff in 28-0 loss to Iowa

Football can be unpredictable, but you’re almost always assured of at least one chance to kick off. The “almost” there is crucial, though, as Illinois somehow managed to avoid even a single kickoff in a 28-0 loss to Iowa Saturday. How’d they manage to pull that off? Well, as Go Iowa Awesome’s Adam Jacobi relates, it came from Iowa’s coin toss decisions: Here’s what...
Via The Comeback
November 19, 2016  |  Discuss

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