The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Illinois football seniors excited to mentor in spring ball

Illinois football seniors excited to mentor in spring ball

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 22
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The second spring practice of 2017 for Illinois football began outside in Memorial Stadium but moved into the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility due to cold temperatures. As coaches began fulfilling media obligations and players funneled out of the building after practice, wide receiver Malik Turner strapped...

Illinois football’s Smith and Chance The Rapper have unlikely bond

Illinois football’s Smith and Chance The Rapper have unlikely bond

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith was raised in Big Sandy, Texas, but he has taken a liking to the state of Illinois after coaching in Chicago and Champaign. “I believe in homegrown, state of Illinois (people),” Smith said. Smith tweeted at Chicago-raised Chance The Rapper after the 23-yea...

Illinois football comfortable early on in spring practice

Illinois football comfortable early on in spring practice

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 16
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Sophomore quarterback Jeff George Jr. sat back in the pocket and pump faked to his right. George whipped the ball to freshman wide receiver Carmoni Green, but sophomore linebacker Justice Williams jumped the route, intercepted off the ball and returned it for a touchdown. Defensive back Stanley Green ran to Williams...

Abraham joins Illinois football coaching staff

Abraham joins Illinois football coaching staff

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football has added another former NFL players to its coaching staff. On Wednesday, the University announced Donnie Abraham as a defensive assistant coach, replacing linebacker coach Tim McGarigle. McGarigle left the program to become the defensive quality control coach with the Green Bay...

Five things to look for as Smith starts spring ball Tuesday

Five things to look for as Smith starts spring ball Tuesday

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 13
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith and his team will begin the first of 15 spring practices Tuesday. There are several major storylines surrounding Smith and his team entering spring ball. Here are the top five. 1. Coaching staff positions yet to be filled Linebackers coach Tim McGari...

Illinois football scheduled for another primetime game

Illinois football scheduled for another primetime game

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
February 9
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The Illinois football team will play another Friday night game next season. The American Atlantic Conference announced Thursday that Illinois' Sept. 15 matchup against South Florida will be played in primetime. Kickoff time has not yet been determined, but ESPN has picked up the contest. The...

Former Illinois AD Thomas appointed as Cleveland State AD

Former Illinois AD Thomas appointed as Cleveland State AD

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
February 8
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Former Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas was appointed as Cleveland State's athletic director on Wednesday. Reports came Tuesday night that he was accepting the position, and Cleveland State made the official announcement on Wednesday afternoon. "Thomas has a tremendous record of achievement...

Alum Karras plays for Patriots in Super Bowl LI win

Alum Karras plays for Patriots in Super Bowl LI win

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
February 5
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

New England Patriots lineman Ted Karras was the lone former Illini representing the University in Super Bowl LI. Karras played in 44 games for the Illini over his four-year career. COURTESY OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS/ KEITH NORDSTROM The Illinois graduate participated in 16 regular season games for the Patriot...

McGarigle leaving Illinois football coaching staff for Green Bay Packers

McGarigle leaving Illinois football coaching staff for Green Bay Packers

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
February 3
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Illinois football linebackers coach Tim McGarigle has accepted a position on the Green Bay Packers coaching staff as Defensive Quality Control — Linebackers Coach. McGarigle spent one year as an Illini coach after four seasons on the Western Michigan coaching staff. “Coach Lovie Smith and...

Illinois football’s Smith is all smiles with 2017 class

Illinois football’s Smith is all smiles with 2017 class

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
February 1
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith's face broke into big smiles while he talked about his team’s 2017 recruiting class during Wednesday's press conference. He joked about having many great meals with the recruits, and how his new offensive linemen are “good-looking guys.” The smiles continu...

Next Page »