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Rod Smith, Corey Patterson added to Illinois football staff

Rod Smith, Corey Patterson added to Illinois football staff

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

On Friday, Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith named Rod Smith as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Lovie Smith hopes Rod Smith’s background, which includes 22 total years of coaching experience, the last six as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Arizona, and ...

Illinois quarterback Chayce Crouch announces he will “hang up the cleats”

Illinois quarterback Chayce Crouch announces he will “hang up the cleats”

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

January 18, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Shortly after the announcement that Jeff George Jr. will be transferring from Illinois, fellow quarterback Chayce Crouch announced via Twitter that he is going to "hang up the cleats" and end his football career. Crouch, who fought through injuries in each of the last two seasons and was in and out...

Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. to transfer, quarterback Chayce Crouch retires

Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. to transfer, quarterback Chayce Crouch retires

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois football team lost two quarterbacks in the span of less than two hours. Jeff George Jr. announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will be transferring from Illinois to finish out his two remaining years of collegiate eligibility. George threw for 1,273 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions...

Lovie Smith fires offensive coordinator and defensive back coach

Lovie Smith fires offensive coordinator and defensive back coach

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

December 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois announced Tuesday morning that Lovie Smith fired offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and defensive backs coach Paul Williams. McGee spent two years at Louisville before Smith hired him in March 2016. The Illini ended the season on a 10-game losing streak, struggling to move the ball on a consi...

Watson announces transfer to Maryland

Watson announces transfer to Maryland

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

December 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Junior Tre Watson announced Friday that he is transferring to Maryland to complete his collegiate career. Watson was one of the leaders for the Illini defense the past few years. He compiled 188 total tackles during his three years at Illinois after redshirting his 2014 season. The Florida native had 65...

Illinois football struggles through another season

Illinois football struggles through another season

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

December 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois football team’s 2017 season was centered around head coach Lovie Smith’s decision to play as many freshmen as he could. On a team with only nine seniors, Illinois played 87 true freshmen cumulatively, the most in the country. The Illini could not overcome their youth during the se...

Foster ready for the next step

Foster ready for the next step

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Mindy Sullivan knew all along that her son, Kendrick Foster, could one day become a Division I athlete, despite Foster’s high school coach not believing he could compete at this level. “The coach said, ‘Good luck, that’s like 1 in 20,000,’” Sullivan said. “And that just pushed him eve...

From footy to football: Hayes adjusts to new sport

From footy to football: Hayes adjusts to new sport

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


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

It’s 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Illinois is set to kick off against Indiana in Champaign. It is about 36 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is a slight breeze running through Memorial Stadium. On the other side of the world it’s 4 a.m. in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, Nov. 12. It is 13 degre...

I would transfer too

I would transfer too

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

November 30, 2017


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

As of Wednesday morning, five Illinois football players have announced that they are transferring. Linebacker Tré Watson, offensive lineman Gabe Megginson, safety Patrick Nelson, defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo and punter Bryce Barringer all announced that their careers as Illini are over. At first I was sh...

Five Illini announce they are transferring

Five Illini announce they are transferring

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Junior Tré Watson, sophomore Gabe Megginson and three others announced they will not be returning to the Illini next season. The two players tweeted their decisions, both expressing respect and gratitude toward the coaching staff and University. Megginson was a former four-star recruit who did not receiv...

Five Illini named to BTN all-freshman football team

Five Illini named to BTN all-freshman football team

By Jacob Diaz, Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Five Illini true freshmen were named to Big Ten Network’s All-Freshman football team, the most of any team in the conference. Joining first-year standouts from around the conference were tight end Louis Dorsey, defensive end Bobby Roundtree, cornerback Nate Hobbs, safety Bennett Williams and punter Bla...

Illini football players announce they’re transferring

Illini football players announce they’re transferring

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Junior Trè Watson and sophomore Gabe Megginson announced they will not be returning to the Illini next season. The two players tweeted their decisions, both expressing respect and gratitude toward the coaching staff and University. Megginson was a former four-star recruit who did not receive much pla...

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