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Big Ten Media Days Day 1 Roundup

Big Ten Media Days Day 1 Roundup

Jacob Diaz, Staff Writer
July 24, 2017
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The addition of more Friday night games to the Big Ten schedule dominated day one of Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, as many in attendance asked coaches and players alike about their thoughts on Friday night games during the Big Ten season. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany was the second person to take the ...

New-look Illini offensive line preparing for action in 2017

New-look Illini offensive line preparing for action in 2017

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
July 24, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

When Illinois kicks off against Ball State at Memorial Stadium on September 2, the offensive line tasked with protecting Chayce Crouch and running backs Kendrick Foster and Reggie Corbin from opposing defenses will bear little resemblance to last season’s group.  Gone are stalwart center Joe Spencer and rel...

Smith brings atypical coaching style to team

Smith brings atypical coaching style to team

Mike Gasick, Staff writer
July 24, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith does not enjoy yelling. He doesn’t see much use for it. And he could have done plenty of it last year with a 3-9 football team. “Do you need to yell to be a good coach?” Smith asked a reporter after the subject came up. Smith said he doesn’...

Whitman and Smith enthusiastic about new football facility

Whitman and Smith enthusiastic about new football facility

Jacob Diaz, Staff Writer
July 24, 2017
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

When the Illinois Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced a change in plans for upgrading Illinois' football facilities June 20, the media and fans alike had many questions. A month after announcing delays to the original proposal of renovating Memorial Stadium and the unveiling of a 10...

Smith names Crouch starting quarterback

Smith names Crouch starting quarterback

Mike Gasick, Staff writer
July 24, 2017
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith said Monday at Big Ten Media Days that Chayce Crouch will start the season at quarterback for the Illini. Smith said that he enjoys the energy Crouch brings to the team, but he needs to be smart about the ways he uses it. “Well, first off, he needs t...

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 10, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Three Illinois football players were arrested this morning and are set to be formally charged tomorrow. Darta Lee, 18, Zarrian Holcombe, 19, and Howard Watkins, 18, are in custody with preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery. Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer told The News-Gazette...

Smith’s first season now behind him

Smith’s first season now behind him

Cole Henke, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

This Illinois football season will not stand out in the record books. On paper, this season looks like a continuation of the program’s decline. The Illini’s 3-9 record was the worst record since former head coach Tim Beckman’s first season, when the Illini went 2-10. Illinois lost its nine ga...

Smoot drafted, five sign as free agents

Smoot drafted, five sign as free agents

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 1, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

When Lovie Smith was hired as Illinois’ head coach in March 2016, he assembled a coaching staff that had the most NFL head and assistant coaching experience in college football. A key pitch made to potential recruits is the staff’s experience and ability to get players drafted. After one year on the job, ...

Jacksonville Jaguars draft former Illini Dawuane Smoot

Jacksonville Jaguars draft former Illini Dawuane Smoot

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have former Illini on both sides of the ball in 2017. Jacksonville selected former Illinois defensive end Dawuane Smoot in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday. Smoot was the 68th overall pick. A native of Groveport, Ohio, Smoot finished the 2016 campaign...

Top in-state quarterback for class of 2018 commits to Illinois

Top in-state quarterback for class of 2018 commits to Illinois

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
April 4, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football now has its first commitment for the class of 2018: three-star quarterback Coran Taylor of Peoria. Scout.com ranks Taylor as the No. 1 quarterback in Illinois and No. 29 in the country for the 2018 class, ahead of former target Quincy Patterson — who chose Virginia Tech —...

Backup quarterbacks gain experience in spring ball

Backup quarterbacks gain experience in spring ball

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football’s Trenard Davis comes from a family of wide receivers. His older brother Marcus used to catch footballs at Auburn. His cousins include former Illinois wideout Desmond Cain and three-time Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin. So it should make sense when Davis — a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound sophomore — is see...

Underwhelming crowd attends Illini open spring practice

Underwhelming crowd attends Illini open spring practice

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 6, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

In 2016, Illinois football’s Big Ten rival Ohio State welcomed 100,189 fans to its spring game, a national spring game attendance record. The Illini are certainly not the Buckeyes.  Almost one year to the date after Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman hired former NFL head coach Lovie Smith, th...

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