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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...

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...

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...

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...

Quarterback play continues to be Illinois’ downfall

Quarterback play continues to be Illinois’ downfall

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Photo & Video, Sports, Top Stories

Jeff George Jr. may have finished the game with 308 yards and two touchdowns, but he knew that he needed to play better. “I have to get better, obviously,” George Jr. said. “Interceptions cannot happen. I have to make better decisions and make better throws, turnovers will kill you at this level.” In...

When fading out the old guys goes too far

When fading out the old guys goes too far

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

When Kendrick Foster got benched earlier this season, I was surprised. The team MVP from last season not getting a single touch after the first couple of games of the season? It was weird, but I ultimately accepted it because freshman Mike Epstein was playing so well. Head coach Lovie Smith was planning...

Brad Underwood is just what Illinois needs to succeed

Brad Underwood is just what Illinois needs to succeed

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

October 16, 2017


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

OPINIONS COLUMN I can remember sitting on the beach in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. I was on spring break with a bunch of friends, having an awesome week away from the cold, Champaign spring. Phone service was extremely spotty so I didn’t get to check it too often, but I can vividly remember what popped up on...

Hockey sweeps McKendree, off to 8-0 start

Hockey sweeps McKendree, off to 8-0 start

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois hockey remains undefeated on the season after sweeping McKendree University at home this weekend. The Illini got off to their third straight slow start when the Bearcats jumped up 2-0 in the first game. However, it was all Illinois after that, scoring four unanswered goals to take the 4-2...

Grading Illinois’ 35-24 loss to Rutgers

Grading Illinois’ 35-24 loss to Rutgers

By THE DAILY ILLINI SPORTS STAFF

October 14, 2017


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

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini football writers graded each facet of the Illinois football team’s 35-24 loss to Rutgers on Saturday. The Illini coaching, offense, defense and special teams were graded. Coaching: F Lovie Smith said it himself in the press conference. Everyone needs to be better, fr...

Underwood’s team of ‘everyday guys’ prepare for the season

Underwood’s team of ‘everyday guys’ prepare for the season

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Head coach Brad Underwood started his press conference by addressing the ongoing widespread FBI investigation of the NCAA, saying he knows “nothing more than what you have read,” but quickly transitioned to his outlook for his young team before taking questions from the press. Underwood mentioned...

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