The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Defensive back Kerby Joseph attempts to block a Wisconsin player during the game Oct. 9. The Daily Illini sports staff makes predictions ahead of the teams game against Penn State this weekend.

The Daily Illini sports staff makes predictions ahead of Illinois football’s road game against Penn State

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff October 23, 2021

Jackson Janes: Penn State 41, Illinois 7 The Illini will not leave Happy Valley very happy on Saturday. Given how wildly inconsistent the offense has been this season, I don't see Illinois putting...

Middle blocker Kylie Swanson readies herself during the game against Wisconsin  Oct. 3. The team will take on Michigan at Huff Hall this Saturday for the first time in two years.

Illinois volleyball welcomes Michigan to Huff Hall for first time in nearly two years

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor October 23, 2021

Illinois returns to Huff Hall on Saturday to take on Michigan, a team the Illini haven’t played in nearly two years.  “Sometimes I think it’s an advantage to go in without really any expectations;...

Illinois cross country places second at Illini Open

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer October 22, 2021

The Illini cross country team’s only home meet of the year took place at the University Arboretum on Friday. This year’s Illini Open marks the team’s first home meet in nearly two years. Participants...

Running back Chase Brown sprints with the ball during the game against Wisconsin Oct. 9. Illinois football travels to Penn State this Saturday in hopes of a monumental victory.

Illinois football travels to Penn State, looks to pull off monumental upset away from Champaign

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer October 22, 2021

This Saturday, Illinois football will travel to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on No. 7 Penn State at 11 a.m. in the Nittany Lions' Homecoming Game.  Penn State is 5-1 on the season, with its...

Illini diver Regina Meirmanova balances at the edge of a diving board during the Orange and Blue meet a the ARC Oct. 9. The Illinois swim & dive team will travel north to Evanston on Saturday in hopes of continuing their early-season momentum.

Illinois swim & dive travels north to Evanston, aims to continue early-season momentum

By Jonathan Alday, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

After a strong season opener with a win over Indiana State, the Illini will look to use their momentum against the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames and the Northwestern University Wildcats in a...

Illinois cross country senior Emma Milburn runs alongside Annalyssa Crain, Rebecca Craddock, Kora Malecek, and Allison McGrath at the Red Bird Invite at ISU Sept. 17. The Illinois cross country team will hold their first invite since 2019 at the University Arboretum on Friday.

Illinois cross country to hold Illini Open for first time since 2019

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer October 22, 2021

 The Illini’s only home meet of the season will take place at the University Arboretum on Friday. The Illini Open marks the Illini’s first home meet in over two years.  At the team’s previous...

Josie Frazier serves the ball during the tennis match against Wisconsin Feb. 26. The womens team will compete at the ITA Midwest Super Regional hosted by Ohio State later this week.

Illinois women’s tennis travels to Columbus to compete in ITA Midwest Super Regional

By James Kim, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

The Illinois women’s tennis team will compete at the ITA Midwest Super Regional hosted by Ohio State later this week. Illinois will see four singles competitors and three doubles teams participate in...

Forward Makena Silber charges toward the ball during the game against Wisconsin Oct. 8. The Illini fell to Nebraska 3-1 Thursday night.

Illinois soccer falls to Nebraska 3-1

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor October 21, 2021

The first cold soccer game at Demirjian Park ended with Nebraska taking the victory 3-1 Thursday night.  From kick off to the final whistle, the Huskers were leading the whole match.  Not even...

Sophomore Piercen Hunt completes a swing during a meet. Hunt won the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and with that he earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week.

Piercen Hunt wins Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, earns Big Ten Golfer of the Week

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer October 21, 2021

The last invitational of the fall has officially passed, which means that the next men’s golf tournament won’t take place until Feb. 5 for the Illini at the Tinervin Cup in Placida, Florida. Illinois...

Column | Sorry, Coach Bielema, but I’m betting on the jockey

Column | Sorry, Coach Bielema, but I’m betting on the jockey

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer October 21, 2021

At Monday’s press conference, Illinois head football coach Bret Bielema made the fatal error in the age of sound bites. “As a head coach, you’re only as good as your roster,” Bielema said. “I...

Andre Curbelo dribbles toward the basket during the game against Nebraska Feb. 25. There are three crucial  questions that the Illinois basketball team has yet to answer as they go into their first preseason game on Saturday.

Three big questions remain as Illinois men’s basketball opens preseason play on Saturday

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer October 21, 2021

The Illini basketball team open their 2021-2022 season this Saturday in an exhibition against the St. Francis Fighting Saints. Following an offseason ripe with change, there are several questions yet to...

Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield speaks to her team during the game against Maryland Oct. 3. The team looks past their recent losses in hopes of performing better during their last two games of the season.

Illinois soccer looks past recent losses, prepares for last two games of season

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor October 21, 2021

It’s been a rough season for Illinois soccer in the Big Ten. The team currently stands 1-6-1 in conference and has come just short in several matches. With two games left in the regular season, the Illini...

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