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  • 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 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Longtime Illini gymnastics coach earns honor Apr 16, 2014 7:01 AM
    The former head of the Illini men’s gymnastics team has been named to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The University of Illinois says Yoshi Haynasaki will be inducted into the hall on Aug. 22 in Pittsburgh. He was the school’s head gymnastics coach for 33 seasons. During that time Haynasaki won six Big Ten titles and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times. He’s also been personal coach to Olympic athletes. Haynasaki won two NCAA all-around titles as a gymnast at the University of Washington in 1970 and 1971.

     
  • Illini football to face Buckeyes under the lights Apr 15, 2014 12:07 PM
    Illinois says its Nov. 1 football game this fall at Ohio State will be played at night. The university said Tuesday that the game will be played at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

     
  • NCAA will help athletes only if ordered Apr 13, 2014 8:32 AM
    What is fair for college athletes? Ask 100 people, get 100 different answers, ranging from give the players nothing, to pay them like professionals. Obviously, there's a reasonable answer somewhere in between. At the least, the result ought to be a seat at the table for the players bringing in billions for the NCAA and making millionaires of the men who coach them.

     
  • Illini QBs show their stuff in spring game Apr 12, 2014 6:36 PM
    Illinois quarterbacks Riley O’Toole and Wes Lunt led the Blue team to a 38-7 win over the Orange during the intrasquad scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. The Illini’s spring game Saturday afternoon gave Tim Beckman and his coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate the teams’ performance.

     
  • Illini won't name QB, but eyes are on Lunt Apr 11, 2014 5:01 PM
    Illinois coach Tim Beckman is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback, insisting that the competition to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open. But when the Illini wrap up spring football with the Orange and Blue game Saturday, a lot of eyes will be on No. 12, the quarterback many assume will emerge as the starter. At 6-foot-5, Wes Lunt looks the part. He has the arm and pedigree — one not seen at Illinois in a while — to match.

     
  • Illini coach says QB competition is wide open Apr 8, 2014 4:46 PM
    Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says his defense is much improved as the Illini get ready for Saturday’s spring game. But one thing Beckman won’t say yet is who will be his starting quarterback when the team starts playing for real this fall.

     
  • Illinois hopes for better shooting next season Apr 8, 2014 4:49 PM
    Illinois, which finished 20-15 and lost to Clemson in the NIT’s second round, struggled to score and lacked a polished, consistent outside shooter. That should change when three transfers who sat out this season under NCAA rules join the roster: guards Ahmad Starks (Oregon State) and Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall) and forward Darius Paul (Western Michigan).

     
  • Big names like Kaminsky keep leaving Illinois Apr 2, 2014 10:24 PM
    Frank Kaminsky, a product of Benet Academy in Lisle, has helped Wisconsin into the Final Four. That's as good an explanation as any for the sorry state of college basketball in the state of Illinois.

     
  • Illini eliminated from NIT Mar 23, 2014 4:42 PM
    Rod Hall made a driving layup with 9.3 seconds left to lead Clemson to a 50-49 win over Illinois in the NIT. Tracy Abrams airballed a 3-pointer for Illinois with 1.7 seconds left. The Tigers (22-12) struggled to get the ball inbounds and threw it into the front court. Hall saved the ball from going out on the other endline and the clock ran out. Clemson will host Belmont on Tuesday and the winner will go to New York for the NIT semifinals. K.J. McDaniels led Clemson with 12 points, while Landry Nnoko had 11 points and eight rebounds. Illinois (20-15) led just once on Jon Ekey’s 3-pointer that put the Illini ahead 49-48 with 2:06 left. Ekey had 11 points, while Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 15 points.

     
  • Rice scores 28, Illinois rallies past BU in NIT Mar 19, 2014 8:53 PM
    Rayvonte Rice scored seven straight points late in the game and finished with 28, rallying Illinois past Boston University 66-62 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

     
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