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A lot can change in one year

A lot can change in one year

Kevin McCarthy, Assistant sports editor for on-air
July 27, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

CHICAGO — A year ago at Big Ten Media Days, former Illini football coach Tim Beckman managed to embarrass himself, his team and the University by fumbling over the meaning of a silly acronym. That was before he had to field questions about the rumors of player abuse and mistreatment that were s... Read more »

Big Ten adapts targeting call decision process

Big Ten adapts targeting call decision process

Cole Henke, Staff Writer
July 27, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Sports

CHICAGO — Bill Carollo, the Big Ten’s Coordinator of Football Officials, brought in a symphony to perform in front of conference referees earlier this year. But the ensemble wasn’t there to entertain: It was there to train officials. One of the most stressful times for a football referee is... Read more »

See what other coaches and players said about Lovie Smith at Big Ten Media Day

See what other coaches and players said about Lovie Smith at Big Ten Media Day

Joey Figueroa, Staff Writer
July 26, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Showcase, Sports

CHICAGO — Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith made his Big Ten Media Day debut Tuesday, bringing a type of football-related buzz to Chicago that hadn't been there since his days with the Bears. He didn’t make an appearance until the second day of the event, but Smith was on the tip of ever... Read more »

LISTEN: Thoughts on Lovie Smith at Big Ten media days

LISTEN: Thoughts on Lovie Smith at Big Ten media days

Kevin McCarthy, Joey Figueroa, and Cole Henke
July 26, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Joey Figueroa, Kevin McCarthy and Cole Henke talk about their impressions on Lovie Smith at Big Ten Media Days... Read more »

LISTEN: Reflections on Illini players at Big Ten media days

LISTEN: Reflections on Illini players at Big Ten media days

Kevin McCarthy, Joey Figueroa, and Cole Henke
July 26, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Joey Figueroa, Kevin McCarthy and Cole Henke talk about the players that were at Big Ten Media Days... Read more »

Smith sets bar for present and future of Illinois football

Smith sets bar for present and future of Illinois football

Cole Henke, Staff writer
July 26, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories

CHICAGO — Illinois football’s head coach Lovie Smith made his Big Ten Media Day debut Tuesday morning, speaking of his team almost as a startup, with brand recognition the focal point of the offseason. “The past six months, I've had an opportunity to, of course, go across and spread our brand,... Read more »

Former Illini co-defensive coordinator Banks already making impact at Penn State

Former Illini co-defensive coordinator Banks already making impact at Penn State

Cole Henke, Staff Writer
July 26, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase

The Illinois football coaching staff has only one remaining member from the 2015 season, with eight departing. Former co-defensive coordinator and safeties job Tim Banks left Illinois after the conclusion of the 2015 season, which on paper, was the best of his four seasons at Illinois. Behind production... Read more »

No Lovie lost between Northwestern and Illinois

No Lovie lost between Northwestern and Illinois

Joey Figueroa, Staff Writer
July 25, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

The 2016 Big Ten media days in Chicago are in full swing, and a hometown face kicked off the proceedings. Long-time Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was the first to address the media at the McCormick Center on Monday afternoon. He took it as an opportunity to be the first to welcome the handful of f... Read more »

Bartsch named Olympic alternate

Bartsch named Olympic alternate

Daily Illini Sports Staff Report
July 13, 2016
Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball

A former Illini athlete was named as an alternate for the Women’s Volleyball team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Michelle Bartsch was designated as an alternate for the 12 person roster. Bartsch was one of the eight alternates who will train with the team until the Olympics begin. "I am honored to... Read more »

Women’s golf to hold second pro-am tournament

Daily Illini Sports Staff Report
July 13, 2016
Filed under Golf, Sports

Illini women’s golf will have their second annual Pro-Am in October. The proceeds will go to the golf team. The tournament will feature three amateurs that will play with Illini athletes that compete in the pros "It is a special opportunity for us to meet and spend time with our sponsors who ha... Read more »

Pieters headed to Olympics

Daily Illini Sports Staff Report
July 13, 2016
Filed under Golf, Sports

Former Illini Thomas Pieters will be representing his home country of Belgium in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Pieters is one of the two players that will represent Belgium in golf this summer. The tournament will be played on the new Olympic golf course in Rio To qualify, a player must be in the top 15... Read more »

Soccer to host preseason camp in Rantoul

Soccer to host preseason camp in Rantoul

Daily Illini Sports Staff Report
July 7, 2016
Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

Women's soccer head coach Janet Rayfield officially announced that a seven-day preseason camp will take place at Chanute Air Force Base – the former preseason host site for the football program’s Camp Rantoul – starting Aug. 5. The week’s entire schedule is to be released at a later date. ... Read more »