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Illini women’s golf uses extra offseason to prepare for spring

Illinois women's golf head coach Renee Slone poses for a headshot.
November 19, 2020

Last March after their season was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Illinois women’s golf team was left to ponder what could’ve been. Months of tournaments and practices were supposed to...

Illini look for second straight win Saturday at Nebraska

Quarterback Brandon Peters scans the field during the game against Nebraska on Sept. 21, 2019.
November 19, 2020

Two one-win teams will battle it out Saturday, as the Illini travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 11 a.m.  Illinois and Nebraska last played in 2019 under the lights at Memorial...

Baseball team completes intra-squad series as winter break approaches

Junior Ryan Hampe runs the bases during the Orange and Blue series on Nov. 2. Hampe hit .500 in the series.
November 19, 2020

At the beginning of November, the Illinois baseball team competed in several intra-squad practice games, dubbed the Orange and Blue series. These games took the place of normally scheduled exhibition games...

Kelsea Kocan provides empathy, different dimension for Illini

New women’s gymnastics assistant coach Kelsea Kocan poses for a headshot. Kocan joined the team after coaching at the local Champaign Gymnastics Academy.
November 19, 2020

Kelsea Kocan, the new volunteer assistant coach for the Illinois women’s gymnastics team, didn’t end up sticking with her first career choice. After going to college for athletic training and even...

Semester in Review: Illini basketball receives preseason hype

Junior Ayo Dosunmu shoots the ball during practice at State Farm Center on Nov. 12. Dosunmu was named a first-team pre-season AP All-American.
November 19, 2020

Despite not playing a game this semester, it was still a memorable few months for the Illinois men’s basketball team. After the return of stars junior guard Ayo Dosunmu and sophomore center Kofi Cockburn...

Big Ten releases men’s basketball schedule

Aya Dosunmu and Trent Frazier high five each other during Illinois' game against Nebraska on Feb. 24. The Big Ten released the 2020-2021 conference schedule Wednesday.
November 18, 2020

The Big Ten released the entire men's basketball conference schedule on Wednesday. The Illini will start Big Ten play on Tuesday, Dec. 15. at home against Minnesota and conclude conference play on Sat.,...

Illini look to contain Cornhusker offense

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith walks off the field after a disappointing 42-38 loss to Nebrasaka on Sept. 21, 2019. The Illini will look to beat the Cornhuskers this Saturday for the first time since 2015.
November 18, 2020

The last time Illinois knocked off Nebraska, Barack Obama was still president, Clemson hadn’t won its first title under Dabo Swinney yet, and Lovie Smith was coaching Jameis Winston down in Tampa. 2015...

Chase Brown looks to build on career-best performance

Running back Chase Brown barrels through defenders during the game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. The Illini lost the game 41-14.
November 16, 2020

Coming into the 2020 season, it was unclear exactly how the running back room would look for Illinois, with multiple names expected to see the field. Senior Mike Epstein is the veteran name in the group,...

“Lovieball” provides Illini first victory

Senior linebacker Jake Hansen stands ready on the line of scrimmage during the game against Rutgers on Saturday. Hansen forced a turnover and intercepted the ball to help the Illini get their first win.
November 16, 2020

He missed. Wide right. For the second time in four minutes, senior kicker James McCourt failed to convert a field goal attempt, setting up Rutgers to steal Illinois’ first victory away from them. Once...

Column: Is Isaiah Williams a viable option for Illinois’ future?

Redshirt freshman quarterback Isaiah Williams throws a pass during the game against Rutgers on Saturday. Illinois won the game 23-20.
November 16, 2020

Through three weeks, the Illinois offense struggled to find an identity.  Against Wisconsin, all aspects of the offense were shut down, with the exception of senior quarterback Brandon Peters’ run...

Adam Miller has smooth adjustment to Illini program

Freshman guard Adam Miller shoots the ball during practice on Nov. 4. Miller has acclimated well to the Illinois basketball team.
November 16, 2020

For most freshman college basketball players, joining a new team can lead to many uncertainties. Add in the questions surrounding COVID-19, and the freshman experience can be anything but normal. Illinois...

Big Ten Week 4 recap: Quarterback inconsistencies plague several Big Ten teams

Indiana's Micah McFadden tackles Michigan State's Payton Thorne during the fourth quarter at Spartan Stadium on Saturday.
November 15, 2020

Though it may not have been the prettiest game ever, Illinois edged Rutgers for its first win of the season on a last-minute game-winning field goal from James McCourt. The Illini defense stepped up when...

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