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Illini Drive: Aug. 30, 2016

Illini Drive: Aug. 30, 2016

August 30, 2016
Filed under Illini Drive, Sports

In the second show for Illini Drive this semester, Orri, Luke, Hunter, Jade and Cole give predictions on the Illini's chances in football and recap their summers. https://soundcloud.com/user-6936882/illini-drive-8-30-16

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,...

Crime: Arrests plagued three Illini athletics programs in 2015-16

Crime: Arrests plagued three Illini athletics programs in 2015-16

May 8, 2016
Filed under Sports

The majority of Illinois student-athletes made headlines for the right reasons in 2015-16, but six arrests stained several Illini athletic programs in the last year. Four members of the Illini men’s basketball team — one third of head coach John Groce’s allotment of scholarship players – w...

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...

Illinois football responds to Dudek’s season-ending injury

Illinois football responds to Dudek’s season-ending injury

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
April 10, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports

In April 2015, Illinois football's wide receiver Mike Dudek tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was projected to play in October 2015. Instead, he missed the entire season. ag Now a year later, Dudek is once again sidelined with a torn ACL in the same knee and will have season ending surgery n...

Lovie era begins with Spring Ball

Joey Figuerora
March 30, 2016
Filed under Sports

tweet: #Illini position battles and new coaching hires highlight spring ball.It’s been a head-spinning few months for the Illinois football program, and it’s finally time to strap on some helmets and hit the field. Spring practices officially kick off this Friday at Memorial Stadium and will contin...

Lovie Smith needs your help

Lovie Smith needs your help

Kevin McCarthy
March 30, 2016
Filed under Sports

Tweet: .#Illini columnist @KevOMcCarthy was given a tall order from Lovie Smith. Now, he needs your help.Lovie Smith called upon me to do a service for him.First, allow me to provide some context. During Smith’s time in Tampa Bay in the late 90s, he helped run Tony Dungy’s cover-2 hybrid defense. It was co...

Smith hires Ligashesky as special teams coach

Smith hires Ligashesky as special teams coach

Cole Henke
March 16, 2016
Filed under Sports

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith added another NFL name to his coaching staff Wednesday, naming Bob Ligashesky as the special teams/tight ends coach.Ligashesky coached in the NFL for 12 seasons. His most recent NFL position was as the Houston Texans special teams coach.“Bob Ligashesky has been one ...

Lovie Smith hires two former NFL coaches as assistants

The Daily Illini Staff Report
March 14, 2016
Filed under Sports

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith added two former NFL coaches to his coaching staff Monday.Hardy Nickerson and Andrew Hayes-Stoker were named defensive coordinator and wide recievers coach, respectively. Both coaches served under Smith during his tenure with the Chicago Bears, and Nickerson worked ...

Tate's arrest the latest Illinois athletics embarassment

Tate's arrest the latest Illinois athletics embarassment

Kevin McCarthy
March 13, 2016
Filed under Sports

Illinois men’s basketball made headlines for all of the wrong reasons Saturday morning.Junior guard Jaylon Tate was arrested early Saturday morning on domestic battery charges. Tate becomes the third member of the team to be arrested and suspended this year. Forward Darius Paul was arrested in August for p...

Reactions from the Union crowd to Lovie Smith's hiring

Reactions from the Union crowd to Lovie Smith's hiring

Charlotte Carroll
March 8, 2016
Filed under Sports

Lovie Smith was greeted with a sea of Illinois fans at the Union on Monday and many were excited to see the former Bears' coach back in orange and blue. Here’s what five students and fans had to say at Smith’s first public appearance as the Illinois head football coach. Sam Schwaeber, Sophom...

Updates from Lovie Smith's introductory press conference

Updates from Lovie Smith's introductory press conference

Charlotte Carroll
March 7, 2016
Filed under Sports

Read our initial story on Lovie Smith's announcement here. (2:49 p.m.) Smith said he told players at the meeting this morning to trust his plan on how we will win football games. Smith said that most people realize he was in Chicago for a while and he recruited in the Chicago area for Wisconsin. He sa...

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