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Grading Illinois’ loss to 24-17 to Minnesota

Grading Illinois’ loss to 24-17 to Minnesota

By The Daily Illini Football Staff

October 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini football writers graded each facet of the Illinois football team’s 24-17 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The Illini coaching, offense, defense and special teams were graded. Coaching: C- Illinois did not have an extensive package for freshman quarterback Cam Th...

Minnesota breaks away late, hands Illini fifth straight loss

Minnesota breaks away late, hands Illini fifth straight loss

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

October 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini kept the score even with Minnesota well into the fourth quarter, a late collapse allowed the Golden Gophers to ended their two game losing streak with a 24-17 victory. Illinois coach Lovie Smith said during the week that he expected Minnesota to run the ball early and often, and run they...

Illinois volleyball back on the road against Iowa and Nebraska

Illinois volleyball back on the road against Iowa and Nebraska

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After winning three matches out of their four-match homestand, the Illinois volleyball team will depart from Champaign to face Iowa and Nebraska this weekend. Head coach Chris Tamas said the team will have to adjust to Iowa’s tendencies. “Iowa is a little bit like Ohio State,” Tamas said. “...

Cooney named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week

Cooney named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Outside hitter Megan Cooney was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week after helping the Illini secure two wins last weekend. Illinois swept Ohio State and Maryland during its three-game homestand. Cooney recorded 19 total kills, averaging 3.17 per set over both matches. She allowed only fou...

Ayo Dosunmu has committed to the University of Illinois

Ayo Dosunmu has committed to the University of Illinois

By Tommy Polycn, Illini hoops columnist

October 19, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

After edging out Wake Forest in the final round, head coach Brad Underwood and the Illini have landed four-star point guard Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu is ranked No. 30 nationally in the 247sports.com composite, and the second best guard in the country. Dosunmu is a huge deal for Illinois, and one that fans have been...

Illini of the Week: Andrew Richter

Illini of the Week: Andrew Richter

October 19, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Freshman forward Drew Richter was simply playing defense along the right boards when a McKendree Bearcats’ turnover gave him his best scoring opportunity of the night. The puck bounced off the stick of a Bearcats defenseman at the Illini’s blue line. Richter took notice and was off to the races w...

Cast steps up for Illini with new personal best at Nuttycombe Invite

Cast steps up for Illini with new personal best at Nuttycombe Invite

By Jared Farmer, Contributing writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Sports, Women's Sports

With a majority underclassmen team, Illinois women’s cross country has had one focus this season: growing both as runners and as a team. Freshman Nicki Cast has served as the epitome of that goal, racking up several impressive races. On Friday, Cast ran a mile pace of 6:04 to finish her first 6...

Illini soccer on the cusp of breaking through

Illini soccer on the cusp of breaking through

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

The feeling of being on the cusp of success can be a double-edged sword: You are close to achieving your goals, but at the same time you are unable to take anything for granted without wasting the hard work already put in to succeed. This is the position Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield finds...

Smalling’s confidence helping Illini through difficult season

Smalling’s confidence helping Illini through difficult season

By Mike Gasick, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The Illinois football team’s confidence is nothing like what it was after its Week 2 victory against Western Kentucky. The Illini have lost four-straight games since then to drop to 2-4. Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said some of his players have not possessed the same confidence that some of their young...

SAAC lets volleyball players lead off the court

SAAC lets volleyball players lead off the court

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Junior Beth Prince looked beyond the volleyball court to improve the campus she calls home. Two years ago, Prince volunteered to represent the Illinois volleyball team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Since then, her involvement has cultivated into a role on the executive board as ...

Injuries piling up for Illini

Injuries piling up for Illini

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

If being the first team that Rutgers has defeated in their last 17 Big Ten conference games wasn't bad enough for the Illini, injuries sustained during that game have left the team noticeably thinner at a few key positions. Head coach Lovie Smith will take this week of practice to evaluate some of...

Illinois soccer falls 4-0 to Minnesota on Senior Day

Illinois soccer falls 4-0 to Minnesota on Senior Day

By Miles Powers-Huang, Contributing writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Sometimes the final box score for a sporting event doesn’t tell the full story of the game. Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield felt the 4-0 loss in the game against Minnesota on Sunday was one of those instances. After Minnesota opened the game with an early goal, there was a long period...

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