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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...

Don't count Illinois football out of a bowl game

Don’t count Illinois football out of a bowl game

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer November 4, 2019

In the last few weeks, I’ve received feedback on some of my columns about the state of Illinois football over the past few years. Some will say this is the worst half-century of Illini football they’ve...

Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) celebrates after the Illini score at State Farm Center on Friday. Despite a slow start against Lewis in Friday’s exhibition, Illinois pulled through with 83-50 win.

Illinois basketball has room for improvement ahead of Tuesday’s regular-season opener

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer November 4, 2019

After a slow start to last Friday’s exhibition game against Lewis, Illinois showed flashes of how the rest of the season could look in a 33-point blowout win. The Illini officially begin their season...

The Illini Football team gather together after their victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. The Illini won 24-23.

Why we love Illinois

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer October 21, 2019

We don’t care that Illinois isn’t doing well right now. We say we don't care, but if we actually didn't, we would stop watching the games. We care about the amazing place that is Illinois, and we...

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