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Illinois football’s Spencer rallying shaken O-line

Illinois football’s Spencer rallying shaken O-line

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
September 22, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Slouched in his chair, eyes fixated on the ground, Joe Spencer addressed the media sans his usual upbeat, charismatic tinge of voice. Without even a glimpse at the box score, the senior captain knew how bad the Illinois football team had played in its 34-10 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday. One... Read more »

The five stages of Illini football grieving

The five stages of Illini football grieving

Kevin McCarthy, columnist
September 22, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

I have been seeing Illini fans go through the five stages of Lovie, which is similar to the Kübler-Ross stages of grieving. Note that I say similar — the end result is significantly different, but more on that in a moment. The first stage is denial. For many, it happened after the North Caroli... Read more »

University progresses on Memorial Stadium renovations

University progresses on Memorial Stadium renovations

Cole Henke, Staff writer
September 21, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

The University of Illinois submitted a Request for Professional Services Qualifications to start plans to renovate Memorial Stadium. The plan's biggest request is specifically for changes in the horseshoe seating in the south end zone. The form says a new football operations addition will be added... Read more »

Big Ten football power rankings: Week 3

Big Ten football power rankings: Week 3

The Daily Illini Sports Staff
September 20, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Ohio State (Previous rank: 1) The Buckeyes have yet to face a challenge. Not even the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners caused the Buckeyes to break a sweat. J.T. Barrett is one of the most electrifying players in the country, and he made that known with his four passing touchdowns Saturday. Michigan... Read more »

Illinois football going back to basics in bye week

Illinois football going back to basics in bye week

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
September 20, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Following Saturday’s 34-10 loss to Western Michigan, Illinois football has lost two consecutive games. With a Week Four bye, the Illini's time off is coming at a perfect time. “We’re not where we want to be, and the bye week is coming at an ideal time for us to fix some things,” head coac... Read more »

Western Michigan rows the boat over Illini, run game nonexistent

Western Michigan rows the boat over Illini, run game nonexistent

Cole Henke, Staff writer
September 18, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

The Western Michigan football team entered the game Saturday with the same defensive philosophy as it does every game: Stop the run. With just three Illini rushing yards, the Broncos’ succeeded in their plan on the way to a 34-10 win over the Illini. Western Michigan threw an extra defender in the bo... Read more »

Grading the Illinois football team after its loss to Western Michigan

Grading the Illinois football team after its loss to Western Michigan

The Daily Illini sports staff
September 17, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The Daily Illini football writers graded each facet of the Illinois football team’s 34-10 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday. The Illini offense, defense, special teams and coaching were graded. Offense: D Early on, it looked like it might be a career game for Wes Lunt. In the first quarte... Read more »

Updated rapid recap: Illinois wraps up nonconference schedule with loss to Western Michigan

Updated rapid recap: Illinois wraps up nonconference schedule with loss to Western Michigan

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
September 17, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

In Week One, Illinois enjoyed a blowout win in Lovie Smith’s coaching debut, while its in-state rival Northwestern fell to Western Michigan in a 22-21 upset. The Illini suffered the same wrath Saturday afternoon with a 34-10 defeat at the hands of Western Michigan. Although quarterback Wes Lunt’... Read more »

Davis ‘no one to mess around with’

Davis ‘no one to mess around with’

September 16, 2016
Filed under Football, Illini Drive

https://youtu.be/aqkywhcGduE With host and producer Jeff Ohmer, the Friday mix-up team previews the Illinois and Western Michigan game. They also talk about MLB and the Chicago Cubs' clinching performance. Social media man Ryan Wilson also talks about the Paralympics and all the current and former... Read more »

Wes Lunt needs to — and will — be better

Wes Lunt needs to — and will — be better

Kevin McCarthy, Assistant on-air sports editor
September 15, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

You didn’t need to read this page today to realize that Wes Lunt didn’t play well enough last Saturday for his team to win. He was bad. No one knew this more than Lunt himself, who was quick to admit his mistakes after Saturday night’s loss, completely shouldering the blame. His stats were la... Read more »

Carroll Phillips is Illinois football’s wild man

Carroll Phillips is Illinois football’s wild man

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

An old photo of Carroll Phillips hangs alongside his helmet, pads and No. 6 jersey. Every time he opens his locker, he sees the picture in which he’s much smaller, much younger and sporting a Scott Lake Park football jersey in his hometown of Miami, Florida. Phillips has kept more than the same jersey ... Read more »