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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

CHICAGO — A year ago at Big Ten Media Days, former Illini football coach Tim Beckman managed to embarrass himself, his team and the University by fumbling over the meaning of a silly acronym. That was before he had to field questions about the rumors of player abuse and mistreatment that were s... Read more »

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

CHICAGO — Bill Carollo, the Big Ten’s Coordinator of Football Officials, brought in a symphony to perform in front of conference referees earlier this year. But the ensemble wasn’t there to entertain: It was there to train officials. One of the most stressful times for a football referee is... Read more »

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

CHICAGO — Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith made his Big Ten Media Day debut Tuesday, bringing a type of football-related buzz to Chicago that hadn't been there since his days with the Bears. He didn’t make an appearance until the second day of the event, but Smith was on the tip of ever... Read more »

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

Joey Figueroa, Kevin McCarthy and Cole Henke talk about their impressions on Lovie Smith at Big Ten Media Days... Read more »

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

Joey Figueroa, Kevin McCarthy and Cole Henke talk about the players that were at Big Ten Media Days... Read more »

Smith sets bar for present and future of Illinois football

Smith sets bar for present and future of Illinois football

Cole Henke, Staff writer
July 26, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories

CHICAGO — Illinois football’s head coach Lovie Smith made his Big Ten Media Day debut Tuesday morning, speaking of his team almost as a startup, with brand recognition the focal point of the offseason. “The past six months, I've had an opportunity to, of course, go across and spread our brand,... Read more »

Former Illini co-defensive coordinator Banks already making impact at Penn State

Former Illini co-defensive coordinator Banks already making impact at Penn State

Cole Henke, Staff Writer
July 26, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase

The Illinois football coaching staff has only one remaining member from the 2015 season, with eight departing. Former co-defensive coordinator and safeties job Tim Banks left Illinois after the conclusion of the 2015 season, which on paper, was the best of his four seasons at Illinois. Behind production... Read more »

No Lovie lost between Northwestern and Illinois

No Lovie lost between Northwestern and Illinois

Joey Figueroa, Staff Writer
July 25, 2016
Filed under Big Ten media days, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

The 2016 Big Ten media days in Chicago are in full swing, and a hometown face kicked off the proceedings. Long-time Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was the first to address the media at the McCormick Center on Monday afternoon. He took it as an opportunity to be the first to welcome the handful of f... Read more »

Lunt, Smoot added to award watch lists

Lunt, Smoot added to award watch lists

Daily Illini Sports staff report
July 6, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Senior Illini football players Wes Lunt and Dawaune Smoot received national recognition in the postseason. Lunt was added to the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given to the best player in the country at the end of the season. Smoot was added to the Bednarik Award watch list. Th... Read more »

Watching Simon: The state of Illini football a year later

Watching Simon: The state of Illini football a year later

Peter Bailey-Wells, Staff Writer
May 10, 2016
Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Editor’s note: Peter Bailey-Wells was The Daily Illini sports editor from March 2015-March 2016. He covered Simon Cvijanovic’s accusations of mistreatment at the hands of Tim Beckman and much of its fallout in the past year. If hindsight is 20/20, foresight needs a new pair of glasses, especiall... Read more »

Spring ball marks new era for Illinois football

Joey Figueroa, Staff reporter
May 8, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

It’s not often that spring practices overshadow the football season that precedes them. But for Illinois football this year, such was the case. The hiring of Lovie Smith as the third head football coach within two years has been the big story on campus, and the star-studded coaching staff Smith bro... Read more »

Illinois’ Whitman voices support for Groce, basketball program’s future

Illinois’ Whitman voices support for Groce, basketball program’s future

Michal Dwojak
March 24, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman ended speculation about the future of men's head basketball coach John Groce on Thursday afternoon. In a joint press conference, Whitman reiterated his support of Groce and voiced his confidence in the Illini coach's ability to lead the program during a thre... Read more »