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Junior Kofi Cockburn jumps to shoot a basket against a player from Loyola Chicago during the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 21. Illinois needs a top performing athlete to continue the basketball programs relevance.

Column | Illini need big man for conference relevance

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

Ayo Dosunmu didn’t have to come to Illinois. The former four-star prospect took a chance on his state’s flagship school, and the results — albeit a tough end — gave Illini fans hope that this...

The Illinois baseball team meets on the pitcher’s mound to discuss strategy against Purdue April 18. The Illini are currently struggling with pitching.

Column | Pitching struggles negate one of Big Ten’s top lineups

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

In Major League Baseball, if a player gets a base hit three out of 10 times, fame and fortune follow. While Illinois isn’t quite at that mark, the Illini have a combined batting average of .286, the...

Illinois assistant coach Orlando Antigua (left) talks to Kofi Cockburn during the game against Penn State Jan. 19 at State Farm Center. Antigua has been rumored to be leaving Champaign for Kentucky.

Column | Possibility of losing assistant coaches hints at program’s ceiling

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

It was March 14. It didn’t matter that the Big Ten had Michigan — which Illinois beat by 23 — as the Big Ten regular season champion. Illinois had just won its first Big Ten tournament title and...

NCAA President Mark Emmert, speaks out against anti-transgender legislation at a brief press availability on Capitol Hill on Dec 17, 2019.  Emmert’s lackluster initiative in the past ten years demonstrates a need for new leadership, Claire O’Brien writes.

Column | After years of stagnation, NCAA needs fresh leadership

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor April 15, 2021

Mark Emmert’s NCAA presidency has been a trainwreck. And it’s never been more evident than right now. Emmert has been the NCAA’s president since 2010. He’s been dunked on several times for his...

Head women’s basketball coach Nancy Fahey talks to her team during a timeout in a game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2. The NCAA has been failing to equally support women’s sports compared to men’s sports.

Column | All talk, no walk: NCAA, member schools fail to support women’s sports

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor April 5, 2021

Sports often are a mirror of society. The wage gap persists, and, according to the Center for American Progress, for every dollar a white man makes, Asian women make 90 cents, white women make 79 cents,...


DI sports editor reflects on unpredictable, monumental year

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor March 11, 2021

When I envisioned my time as sports editor at The Daily Illini, I pictured flying to a bowl game for the football team, hosting big Super Bowl watch parties with my staff and traveling to Indianapolis...

We need to learn to live without sports

We need to learn to live without sports

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant On-Air Editor April 10, 2020

On Tuesday, ESPN reported that the MLB was looking into a plan that would allow them to start play as early as the beginning of May. This plan has the support of high-ranking medical officials who think...

A 'no' we need to listen to: Sports suspended for season

A ‘no’ we need to listen to: Sports suspended for season

By Meghan Rest, Senior Writer March 24, 2020

Most humans have one thing in common: we hate being told “no.” Granted, this isn’t the human race’s only uniting factor, but it certainly plays a role in how we solve problems, especially in times...

Mike Lemcke, from Richmond, Va., sits in an empty Greensboro Coliseum after the NCAA college basketball games were cancelled at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 12, 2020.

This reminds me of “The Year Without a Santa Claus”

By Meghan Rest, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2020

For readers who don’t celebrate Christmas and/or have no idea what I’m referring to, “The Year Without a Santa Claus” is a story about what happens to the world when Santa takes a sick day. The...

Senior Reggie Corbin completes a drill during Illinois' practice at Laney College in Oakland, Calif. on Dec. 28. Photo courtesy of Illinois Athletics.

Tati’s Take: California-Illinois could be a match made in heaven

December 29, 2019

At the start of the 2019 season, California and Illinois had vastly different outlooks. The Bears were looking for post season redemption after losing to Texas Christian University at the Cheez-It Bowl...

Player notes and grades: Braggin' Rights 2019

Player notes and grades: Braggin’ Rights 2019

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer December 22, 2019

Illinois didn't look like a team that had recently upset a top-5 program during Saturday's annual Braggin' Rights game against Mizzou. The Illini fell to the Tigers 63-56 and split the series for the decade....

An open letter to Illini football seniors

An open letter to Illini football seniors

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer December 2, 2019

Dear Illinois football seniors, It’s time to say goodbye to Zuppke Field and move onto whatever lies beyond. Almost four years ago, Illinois hired head coach Lovie Smith, although most of you were...

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