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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...

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...

Illinois volleyball go 2-0 on the weekend

Illinois volleyball go 2-0 on the weekend

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

In its first full weekend of play without senior libero Brandi Donnelly, Illinois volleyball defeated both Ohio State and Maryland. Freshman Morgan O’Brien stepped in as Donnelly’s replacement and said the transition has gone well so far. “(Donnelly) is someone who is great to look up to, and s...

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...

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