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Tim Beckman steps down as North Carolina volunteer assistant

Tim Beckman steps down as North Carolina volunteer assistant

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
August 25, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

A new layer of intrigue was added to the Week Two matchup between Illinois and North Carolina when it was announced that former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman would serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Tar Heels. The decision by North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora resulted in plenty of... Read more »

Illinois football gets second commit of the day

Illinois football gets second commit of the day

Cole Henke, Staff writer
August 25, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Three-star defensive end Olalere Oladipo committed to Illinois football Thursday. Oladipo chose Illinois over Penn State and Indiana. Oladipo is about to start his final season at Huntley High School in Huntley, Illinois. He was the Illini’s second commitment of the day, joining four-star wide re... Read more »

Four-star wide receiver Carmoni Green commits to Illinois football

Four-star wide receiver Carmoni Green commits to Illinois football

Cole Henke, Staff writer
August 25, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Four-star wide receiver out of Miami, Florida Carmoni Green chose to attend Illinois on Thursday. Green, a six-foot, 180-pound senior made his decision public over Twitter. He is the 10th member of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith’s first recruiting class, and the first with a rating above three... Read more »

Illinois volleyball begins season with Illini Classic

Illinois volleyball begins season with Illini Classic

James Boyd, Staff Writer
August 25, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

This weekend, all of the Illinois volleyball team's preparation for this upcoming season will come to fruition during the Illini Classic at Huff Hall. Illinois will play Arkansas to begin non-conference play Friday, before facing Xavier and Missouri State in a doubleheader the following day. Despite... Read more »

Who is Illinois’ next recruit up?

Who is Illinois’ next recruit up?

Matt Gertsmeier, staff writer
August 25, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The phrase “next man up” is one that the Illinois men’s basketball team is used to hearing by now. It's almost become head coach John Groce's motto after the last couple of injury-plagued seasons. That “next man up” mentality could also apply to Groce’s recruiting tactics; the Illini... Read more »

Four Illinois athletes to look out for this year

Four Illinois athletes to look out for this year

Kevin McCarthy, Assistant sports on-air sports
August 25, 2016
Filed under Columns, Sports, Uncategorized

Illini athletics has had — hmm, how do I say this? — an “interesting” last 12 months. I won’t reiterate the narrative, you’ve heard it a million times — things got ugly. But amidst all the distractions, many Illini athletes were achieving at the highest level. Here are four athletes... Read more »

Smith confident in recruiting as season approaches

Smith confident in recruiting as season approaches

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
August 25, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The Lovie Effect is in full swing at Illinois, with the effects being felt all across campus. A day after recruit Trent Frazier made an appearance with Dee Brown at the final public day of training camp last weekend, the four-star guard verbally committed to the Illini men's basketball team. Stepping... Read more »

Denley anchors Illini in consecutive wins

Denley anchors Illini in consecutive wins

Chris Kennedy, Staff Writer
August 25, 2016
Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

By Chris Kennedy Staff writer Before classes began this fall, the Illinois soccer team already won its first two games of the year. This weekend brings the Illini their first real test with a road trip to face Missouri and Saint Louis. Illinois began the season Friday with a win over Morehead State ... Read more »

Illinois men’s basketball to participate in State Farm Chicago Legends doubleheader

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
August 25, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

The Big Ten Network has decided to televise the State Farm Chicago Legends men’s basketball doubleheader Dec. 17. The two games will take place at the United Center in Chicago. The State Farm Chicago Legends event, according to its website, “celebrates Chicago’s rich basketball history by r... Read more »

Illinois basketball’s Nichols to miss start of fall season

Illinois basketball’s Nichols to miss start of fall season

Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor
August 24, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Illinois basketball announced that redshirt freshman forward Kipper Nichols will miss the start of the 2016 season in order to finish the fall academic semester. Nichols was a top recruit that actually joined the team last spring to practice but has not played yet. Following the fall semester, which... Read more »

Illinois women’s golf looks to build on standout Singhsumalee

Illinois women’s golf looks to build on standout Singhsumalee

Thoms Polcyn, Assistant sports editor
August 24, 2016
Filed under Golf, Sports, Uncategorized, Women's Sports

The Illinois women's golf team won't officially start until mid-September, but the program is ready to get its season started. On Sept. 12, the Illini will open up their season in Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Mercedes-Benz collegiate tournament. This will be the second-straight season that the... Read more »

Illinois men’s tennis prepares for another successful season

Illinois men’s tennis prepares for another successful season

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
August 24, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Top Stories

The Illinois men's tennis team, coming off a successful 2016 spring campaign, was led by by Aleks Vukic and Jared Hiltzik last season. But fans will be unable to watch the graduated Hiltzik at Atkins Tennis Center this season. Hiltzik's career came to a close in the round of 16 in the NCAA Men's... Read more »