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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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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,...

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...

A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here

A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here

Peter Bailey-Wells
November 9, 2015
Filed under Sports

Mike Thomas was inevitably going to get fired.It was simply a matter of when, not if. Even despite Thomas’ relative innocence in relation to the abusive actions of Tim Beckman — as described in Franczek Radelet’s report — interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson dismissed him from the University....

Illinois defense falls in the shadows in Purdue win

Illinois defense falls in the shadows in Purdue win

Michal Dwojak, Staff writer
November 9, 2015
Filed under Football, Sports

While Illinois football’s running back Josh Ferguson was the star of his team’s 48-14 win at Purdue on Saturday, the defense made sure to do its job so that the margin would never be close. The defensive players responded against the Boilermakers after allowing 39 points to Penn State the week ...

The cost of the Illinois football and women’s basketball investigations

The cost of the Illinois football and women’s basketball investigations

Michal Dwojak, Staff writer
October 30, 2015
Filed under Football, Sports

The University had dealt with its fair share of controversy by May of 2015. Steven Salaita was threatening to file a lawsuit against the University and James Kilgore’s job status was being hotly debated, but something else was on the horizon. On May 10, former Illinois football player Simon ...

Numbers of the game: Illinois vs. Wisconsin

October 25, 2015
Filed under Sports

Five numbers to know:40:09 — Wisconsin’s time of possession, compared to Illinois’ 19:51.10 — Wisconsin has won 10 of its last 11 meetings with Illinois8 — The Illini’s total tackles for loss, including two apiece from Rob Bain and Carroll Phillips19 — Clayton Fejedelem’s number of tackles,...

A Conversation with a Badger: The Daily Cardinal's sports editor

A Conversation with a Badger: The Daily Cardinal's sports editor

Kevin McCarthy
October 21, 2015
Filed under Sports

A former friend and current foe — The Daily Cardinal sports editor, Jake Powersbr, sat down and talked with me about Kurt Kittner’s tears and the greatest hairdos in the history of Big Ten football.Kevin McCarthy: At the beginning of the season, did you ever envision the possibility that we wo...

Illinois football’s Dawuane Smoot is a big man with big speed

Illinois football’s Dawuane Smoot is a big man with big speed

Michal Dwojak, Staff writer
October 20, 2015
Filed under Football, Sports

If a University student who didn’t know who Dawuane Smoot was saw the Illinois football defensive lineman today, they probably wouldn’t believe that he used to weigh 220 pounds and run track. Many Illinois football fans probably don’t know that Smoot competed in high school track nationals in the sho...

Big Ten football power rankings: Week 6

The Daily Illini Football Staff
October 11, 2015
Filed under Sports

Tweet: The di_sports football staff ranks the Big Ten after Week 6. Where do the #Illini rank? By The Daily Illini Football Staff1. Ohio State (Last week: 1) — Urban Meyer isn’t afraid to use both of his talented quarterbacks in the Buckeyes’ 49-28 win over Maryland. Cardale Jones started dri...

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