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Megan Cooney ready for final run with Illini

Then junior Megan Cooney speaks to her team during the game against Marquette at Redbird Arena on Sept. 14, 2019 in Normal, IL.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

September 23, 2020

Illinois senior Megan Cooney is a true veteran. The easy-going outside/opposite hitter has seen Illinois volleyball at some of its highest and lowest points over the past few years, but now she may face her toughest challenge: adapting to change within the program.  Over the past couple of years, Illinois v...

NCAA board approves postponement of fall championships to spring

Then seniors Ashlyn Fleming and Jacqueline Quade attempt to block the ball during the game against the Pacific Tigers on Sept. 20, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved the postponement of fall sports championships to the spring, with the exclusion of football, on Tuesday. The postponement was originally recommended by the NCAA Division I Council last month after several Division 1 conferences halted their fall sports season...

Illini react to Big Ten season return, start of practice

Members of the Illinois football team practice on Sep. 17. Their season opener is scheduled for Oct. 24 at Wisconsin.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 21, 2020

Wednesday’s announcement of Big Ten football returning this fall has the whole Illini team excited. Before that, however, it was a rough go for the team, which included watching other teams play and numerous amounts of uncertainty regarding their own season.  Starting on Sept. 5, players from the Big Ten...

Diana Brown looks to grow into leadership role

Redshirt sophomore Diana Brown sets the ball during the Orange vs Blue Scrimmage on Aug. 24, 2019. Following her redshirt season, Brown has looked to establish leadership on the court.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

September 21, 2020

To some, redshirt sophomore Diana Brown might be labeled as over-competitive or too intense. After all, she models her leadership style after famous star athletes like Michael Jordan and LeBron James and has a self-described “type-A” personality. To Illinois, however, her volleyball savvy and stron...

Big Ten releases 2020 football schedule

Junior Donny Navarro slips around a defender during football practice on Sept. 17. The Illini are scheduled to have their first home game of an abbreviated 2020 season on Halloween against Purdue.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

September 21, 2020

A clean-shaven Lovie Smith and his football team are back, and hopefully for good this time. After weeks of being told a season would have to wait until the spring, Big Ten presidents came together and decided to bring back a fall season, giving their programs a shot to compete for college football’s ...

Fans express excitement ahead of shortened Big Ten season

The Block I student section hoists a banner with the Illinois shield logo during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 3, 2018. Though the north stands will be empty this season, fans are still excited about the return of Big Ten football.

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor

September 21, 2020

Nov. 30, 2019, should have been a forgettable day in Illinois football history. As rain poured down on a cold fall day, an injury-ridden Illinois team limped into the final regular-season game against in-state rivals Northwestern with a bowl game berth already clinched. Ultimately the Illini fell 29-...

Illini return to practice after long offseason

Senior Nicole Biondi competes in the floor routine during the meet against Penn State on Feb. 2 at Huff Hall. The Illinois women’s gymnastics team recenly resumed practice after an extended offseason.

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer

September 21, 2020

With last season ending abruptly due to COVID-19, it was relieving for the women’s gymnastics team to finally be back in the practice routine after a long offseason, even if there were changes to the usual protocols. “Previously we came in whenever we wanted and did as we pleased,” said senior Nico...

Passion, work ethic important during Frazier’s time at Illinois

Current senior Trent Frazier surveys the  in court front of him during the game against Iowa on March 8. The Illini beat the Hawkeyes 78-76.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 20, 2020

Throughout his four years at Illinois, Trent Frazier’s passion for the basketball program has never wavered. In an era where players transfer constantly, Frazier decided to stick things out at Illinois through the good and the bad. The West Palm Beach, Florida native certainly could have left the program. H...

Highly-touted freshman Adam Miller looks to bring shooting touch to Illinois

Freshman Adam Wolf officials commits to the University of Illinois on May 3.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The prize of Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class was 4-star guard Adam Miller. The Illini offered Miller back in 2016 and had pushed hard to get him, though Miller finally committed to Illinois in November 2019 before signing his letter of intent in April. After diving into film, there's a reason th...

Medical advancements lead to reversal of Big Ten football postponement

Illini football head coach Lovie Smith waves at the team's first practice since the BIg Ten's decision to reinstate the fall football seaosn. The Illini have roughly four weeks to practice before the season begins.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

After an announcement came Wednesday morning, the Big Ten will officially be playing football in the fall again. Despite the league deciding to postpone football until the spring in August, a re-vote took place and after a unanimous decision, the season will now start the weekend of Oct. 23-24.  Un...

Illinois joins nationwide effort to save athletic programs

Members of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team lock arms in a circle at a gymnastics meet during the 2019 season. Members of the team have joined an effort to save various sports from disontinuation at American universities.

By Bradley Zimmerman

September 17, 2020

In a span of just three weeks, the Universities of Iowa and Minnesota and the College of William & Mary announced the discontinuation of their men’s gymnastics programs, among other sports, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Facing multi-million-dollar revenue shortfalls, the universities will field thei...

Illini softball use transfer portal to enhance roster

Junior Addy Jarvis winds up a pitch during the game against Louisville on March 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jarvis is one of two recent pitching transfers at Illinois.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The transfer portal is popping. It’s only been around for a couple of years, but the Illinois softball team has added several transfer players to its roster in recent memory. Assistant coach Laura Trout, who has been at Illinois since 2015, has seen a variety of changes in relation to recruiting in h...

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