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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 »

Quarterback battle at Michigan will decide Big Ten

Quarterback battle at Michigan will decide Big Ten

Dan Escalona, College football columnist
August 24, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Sports, Top Stories

There may not be a more ominous phrase in football — college or professional — than quarterback controversy. In typical college football discourse, a quarterback controversy typically brings to mind one of two situations: the quarterbacks in competition just aren’t very good or the team in question... Read more »

Change in culture, leadership will drive Illinois football defense

Change in culture, leadership will drive Illinois football defense

Cole Henke, Staff writer
August 23, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith, a known defensive guru during his time in the NFL, wants his players to have an offensive mindset on defense. One of the Illini’s biggest focuses this season will be winning the turnover battle, something that they were able to do over the course of the ... Read more »

Ke’Shawn Vaughn ready to be Illinois football’s workhorse

Ke’Shawn Vaughn ready to be Illinois football’s workhorse

Joey Figueroa, staff writer
August 22, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Special Sections, Sports, Welcome Back Guide

Since Lovie Smith first took over as head coach of the Illinois football team, Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s family and friends have begun to place some lofty expectations on the second-year back. Those expectations included tongue-in-cheek murmurs of 40 touches a game from the Nashville native’s inner-circle.... Read more »

Illinois Ticket Office sees large response with free student football tickets

Illinois Ticket Office sees large response with free student football tickets

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
August 19, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois students are taking advantage of the recent offer the Illinois Ticket Office sent out earlier in the month. The Ticket Office announced on Aug. 11 that all students have the option of claiming a free ticket to Illinois football’s first home game against the Murray State Racers. Acco... Read more »

Illini football’s Lunt ready to improve game, NFL Draft stock

Illini football’s Lunt ready to improve game, NFL Draft stock

Cole Henke, Staff writer
August 19, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Quad Day, Special Sections, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football’s starting quarterback Wes Lunt is in an interesting spot this season. Head coach Lovie Smith has only been at the head of the team for about five months and has made it clear that it will take a multi-season process for the program to reach his expectations. But Lunt doesn’t... Read more »

Fitzgerald leaves Illinois football

Fitzgerald leaves Illinois football

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
August 10, 2016
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

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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

Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

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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

Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

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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

Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

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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

Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

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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

Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

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