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  • Washington crushes Illini 44-19 Sep 13, 2014 7:04 PM
    Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday. Wes Lunt threw for 230 yards for the Fighting Illini (2-1) but was unable to take advantage of Washington’s depleted secondary.

     
  • Illinois loses point guard Abrams to ACL tear Sep 11, 2014 4:59 PM
    Illinois starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear, coach Jon Groce confirmed Thursday. Abrams tore the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice. Surgery hasn’t yet been scheduled on the senior. “Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year, so he’s obviously disappointed and we are for him as well,” Groce said. “But Tracy personifies toughness; he has the heart of a champion and I know that he will only come back stronger from this experience when he returns to the court next year.”

     
  • Illini, Lunt survive Youngstown scare Aug 30, 2014 5:10 PM
    The Illini had seven first downs by halftime and clung to a 7-6 lead. The Penguins took a 17-14 lead with 10:57 left in the game on a 2-yard Brian Ruiz touchdown and a 2-point conversion by quarterback Dante Nania.

     
  • U of I plans to boost cell reception at stadium Aug 28, 2014 5:03 PM
    The University of Illinois hopes to boost cell reception at Memorial Stadium and add high-speed capacity this season, followed by a more permanent digital antenna system next year in Champaign.

     
  • McGraw: Sizing up the Big Ten Aug 27, 2014 7:41 PM
    What's new for the Big Ten in 2014? Well, 14 teams, for one thing. Here are some of the prominent questions heading into the start of college football.

     
  • Illini look to shore up Big Ten-worst run defense Aug 25, 2014 11:08 PM
    Illinois gave up rushing yards in bunches in 2013. In a 60-35 loss to Ohio State the total was 441 yards and five touchdowns. Against Indiana, 371 yards in a 52-35 pounding. And against Washington, 273 yards in a 34-24 loss. That’s one of the big reasons the Illini coaches talk about the need to start fast Saturday against Youngstown State.

     
  • Mike North video: Spurrier wrong to take shot at Big Ten Aug 6, 2014 11:19 AM
    Mike North thinks University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier is wrong to take a shot at the Big Ten since nonconference foe East Carolina is 0-4 against Illinois — a Big Ten team.

     
  • Michigan State girding for Ohio State in Big Ten East Aug 5, 2014 5:26 PM
    Michigan State has played in two of the three Big Ten title games, is the defending Rose Bowl champion and is enjoying the best run in program history with 42 wins in four years. Yet the Spartans cling to an underdog mentality, the product of being overshadowed historically by Michigan and Ohio State. Coach Mark Dantonio never wants his team to stop playing with that edge.

     
  • Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams Jul 29, 2014 2:15 PM
    The old BCS system is out. A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences. “Hopefully, this will give everyone an equal opportunity to play for a national championship, which everyone wants,” Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook said Tuesday as the Big Ten wrapped up its two-day media event.

     
  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern Jul 28, 2014 2:13 PM
    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the players’ push to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed as the story unfolded.

     
  • U of I gives basketball coach a raise Jul 24, 2014 4:51 PM
    University of Illinois trustees have boosted the size of the budget for the State Farm Center renovation and given basketball coach John Groce a raise and contract extension. Groce’s annual pay was increased by $100,000 a year to $1.7 million. The coach’s contract was extended by a year through 2018-19.

     
  • Illini add former Maryland assistant Brattan Jul 17, 2014 5:26 PM
    Illinois has hired former Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan to fill the same role for the Illini. Brattan replaces A.J. Ricker who left earlier this month to coach the offensive line at Missouri.

     
  • NIU, Illini, NU land players on Hornung Watch List Jul 7, 2014 11:30 AM
    College football players from Northern Illinois University, Illinois and Northwestern were named to the 2014 Paul Hornung Award Watch List by the Louisville Sports Commission on Monday.

     
  • Harrington giving back to the game of basketball Jul 4, 2014 9:04 PM
    A decade after Sean Harrington hit the final shot of his Illinois career, he is standing in a hometown gym with a basketbaall in his hands. At 33 years old, the former star for Elgin High School and the Fighting Illini is still not ready to let go. He plans to give back to the game he loves by launching The Players Camp with college basketball players as coaches.

     
  • P.A announcer Gene Honda the busiest man in Chicago sports Jun 22, 2014 8:46 AM
    When he journeyed to the University of Illinois in the early 1970s, Gene Honda thought he was going to be an Engineer. More than 40 years later, Honda is arguably the most recognized P.A. announcer in sports. “I'm getting the chance to do a lot of fun things that I would never have dreamed of,” said Honda, a 59-year-old lifelong Chicagoan.

     
  • Big Ten museum opens Saturday in Rosemont Jun 6, 2014 6:23 AM
    The Big Ten Experience, a new interactive museum in Rosemont, will open to the public on Saturday, and it aims to bring the conference's history to fan's fingertips.The museum features 13 interactive exhibits, which showcase notable events in the conference dating back to when the conference was founded in 1896. “It gives people a place to come and celebrate the history of the schools,” conference spokesman Adam Augustine said Thursday.

     
  • Paul pleads guilty, sentenced to court supervision May 14, 2014 5:03 PM
    Suspended University of Illinois basketball player Darius Paul has pleaded guilty to underage drinking but had another charge dropped. Paul entered his plea Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court. A second charge of resisting a peace office stemming from his April 22 arrest was dropped as part of a plea deal.

     
  • Illini basketball coach suspends Paul May 13, 2014 4:13 PM
    Sophomore Darius Paul, a former basketball star at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, has been suspended for the upcoming season, Illini head basketball coach John Groce announced Tuesday.

     
  • Illini plan morning kickoff for October homecoming May 13, 2014 1:01 PM
    Illinois has set an 11 a.m. kickoff for its homecoming game against Minnesota this fall. The Illini announced the start time for the Oct. 25 game on Tuesday. No television coverage plan has been announced.

     
  • State Farm Arena renovation gets webcam coverage May 1, 2014 6:11 PM
    The University of Illinois has set up a webcam for the State Farm Center in Champaign. The school’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletes announced the webcam on Thursday afternoon. The News-Gazette reports that the camera is mounted across the street from the arena. The State Farm Center is in the middle of a $165 million renovation project. The school plans a second webcam for interior views of the arena’s renovations. The university also has webcams featuring the Alma Mater sculpture, the Quad, the Electrical and Computer Engineering building and the Blue Waters facility.

     
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