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Illinois coaching staff leading in diversity

Illinois coaching staff leading in diversity

By Joey Figueroa, Staff Writer

August 31, 2016


Filed under Football, Football Guide, Men's Sports, Showcase, Special Sections, Sports

If you were counting the number of African-American head coaches employed at the 128 Division I FBS schools on your fingers in 2015, you’d only need three hands. According to an annual report released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, only 12.5 percent of the 128 FBS coaches...

Ticket sales best in years with Lovie in charge

Ticket sales best in years with Lovie in charge

By Joey Figueroa, Staff writer

August 31, 2016


Filed under Football, Football Guide, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois football finished 12th in the Big Ten in attendance last season. But this year, the program is looking to improve upon its attendance with Lovie Smith at the helm. A total of 255,883 fans paid for tickets to attend Memorial Stadium, which has a total capacity of 60,670. The team's percent...

Lovie Smith brings professionalism Illinois football hasn’t seen in years

Lovie Smith brings professionalism Illinois football hasn’t seen in years

By Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor

August 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Football, Football Guide, Men's Sports, Sports

In his first game-week press conference, Lovie Smith called himself a rookie, telling the media to take advantage of him until he really figures this out. Lovie is new to this whole college football thing in Champaign. In technical terms, he is a rookie. But in reality, he’s not. He’s a former...

Local businesses feel the effect of Lovie Smith’s hire

Local businesses feel the effect of Lovie Smith’s hire

By Cole Henke, Staff writer

August 31, 2016


Filed under Football, Football Guide, Men's Sports, Special Sections, Sports

On the day Lovie Smith was announced as Illinois head football coach, he went to the Student Union to meet with students. The time and place of the meeting was spread solely by word of mouth for only a couple of hours prior to the event. However, when Smith walked into the Courtyard Cafe in the Un...

A lofty prediction for Illinois football’s non-conference schedule

A lofty prediction for Illinois football’s non-conference schedule

By Kevin McCarthy, Assistant on-air sports editor

August 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Football, Football Guide, Men's Sports, Sports

With the season set to start Saturday, friends and family have been asking me for a prediction for the Illini football team as if I know the answer. Although I am the world’s foremost authority on all matters, I am not a fortune teller. Gasp. This comes as a surprise to many. However, I’m getti...