The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Former Illinois head coach Lovie Smith walks along the sidelines before the game against Northwestern at Ryan Field on Dec. 12. Columnist Carson Gourdie argues that Illinois needs to knock Pat Fitzgerald down a notch for in-state success.

Column | Illinois needs to knock Pat Fitzgerald down a notch for in-state success

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

A bowl is likely out of the picture for Illinois. Even...

Football head coach, Bret Bielema, walks onto the field during the Homecoming game against Wisconsin on Oct. 9. With Bielemas straightforward approach, it may help in improving the team in the future.

Column | Bielema’s blunt style proves he’s built to save Illinois football program

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

Bielema is a straight shooter, and those traits will...

Kofi Cockburn high fives a fan after watching the Illinois game against Jacksonville State University on Nov. 9. Illini basketball still faces setbacks despite the end of his suspension.

Column | Even as Kofi Cockburn returns, multiple issues still stare Illini right in the face 

By Josh Pietsch, Sports On-Air Editor

Illini fans should and will be happy this week, as...

Running back Chase Brown sprints with the ball during the game against Rutgers Oct. 30. Defenses improved playing doesnt justify offenses game plan.

Column | Defense‘s improved playing doesn’t vindicate offensive game plan

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

Brandon Peters only threw nine passes against the Minnesota...

Head coach Bret Bielema celebrates with quarterback Brandon Peters during the game against Maryland on Sept. 17. Sports columnist Carson Gourdie sees Minnesota as a new rival for Illinois in the horizon.

Column | Illinois-Minnesota is the next Big Ten rivalry

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck recently signed a seven-year...

Column | Women’s sports are still not adequately supported

Column | Women’s sports are still not adequately supported

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor

Several weeks ago, I watched the Chicago Sky win their...

Quarterback Brandon Peters looks to pass the ball during the game against Maryland Sept. 19. Sports columnist Carson Gourdie belives that if Peters uses his legs he can lead Illinois to their second bowl game in three seasons.

Column | Peters’ legs can lead Illinois football to bowl game

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

If you were to tell me that Illinois would be able...

Column | Sorry, Coach Bielema, but I’m betting on the jockey

Column | Sorry, Coach Bielema, but I’m betting on the jockey

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

At Monday’s press conference, Illinois head football...

Quarterback Artur Sitkowski attempts to throw the ball during the game against Wisconsin on Oct. 9 during Homecoming Weekend. Illini football continues to struggle with their offensive line.

Column | Offensive struggles continue into Big Ten play for Illini football

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

If it wasn’t clear enough already, the first year...

Bret Bielema stands on the sidelines during a football game against Charlotte on Oct. 2. Bielema has great facilities to use to improve the team as he sees he has a long road ahead of him.

Column | Six wins is a low bar because Illini football is already in that area

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

Call me crazy, but I’m a believer in Illini football....

Coach Bret Bielema smiles as he talks to the news about the result of Oct. 2 football game against Charlotte. Columnist Carson Gourdie shares his thoughts on the outcome of this Saturdays football game.

Column | Credibility of Bielema, Illinois football will skyrocket with win over Wisconsin

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

The year is 2017. After two years of underperforming...

Bret Bielema shouts from the sideline during Illinois game against Maryland on Friday. Despite a slew of recent ugly losses, there is still reason for optimism this season in Champaign.

Column | Where does Illinois go from here?

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor

Friday night was ugly. After taking the lead for...

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