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I would like to thank the academy

I would like to thank the academy

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

March 29, 2018

*tap* *tap* Is this thing on? Hello, my name is Elias Schuster, and I am extremely excited to be accepting this position on behalf of the Academy, otherwise known as The Daily Illini Editor-in-Chief Abby Paeth, who gave me this award. Now bear with me through an acceptance speech. Having the chance to tak...

Illini men’s basketball year in review

Illini men’s basketball year in review

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

March 5, 2018

As the wise men of the Grateful Dead once said, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” This Illini men’s basketball season was one of many highs and lows ranging from initial tournament hopes, a fifth straight Braggin’ Rights win, heartbreaking losses and many more big moments. But, it en...

The top six coaches I’d like to get a beer with on Unofficial

The top six coaches I’d like to get a beer with on Unofficial

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

March 1, 2018

I have spent a lot of time around Illini coaches in my four years here at the University of Illinois, and with my time as a reporter at The Daily Illini and it being Unofficial season, I figured it’s time for a nice power ranking. I am not going to rank who the best coaches are at this school. No,...

FBI investigation creates perfect opportunity for NCAA

FBI investigation creates perfect opportunity for NCAA

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

February 26, 2018

Arizona head coach Sean Miller was not present at his team’s loss to Oregon on Saturday. Only hours before the game, it was announced that Miller was the latest victim of the FBI’s investigation into college basketball. The FBI wire-tapped his phones and heard him discussing paying Deandre Ayton $10...

Illini’s best not enough for No. 9 Boilermakers

Illini’s best not enough for No. 9 Boilermakers

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 22, 2018

“Good college basketball game,” is how head coach Brad Underwood opened up Thursday's presser, and that's exactly what it was: a good basketball game. Despite the loss, the Illini played one of their most complete games all season, and thanks to huge games from Trent Frazier and Leron Black, had a ...

Letter to the basketball team

Letter to the basketball team

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

February 19, 2018

Dearest Illinois basketball team, How are you guys? Are you good? I know sometimes Underwood yells in your face and that can be a little intimidating, but I’m sure it’s because he cares. He sees the potential in the team, he knows you guys have what it takes but you have to believe th...

Time to not stick to sports

Time to not stick to sports

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

February 19, 2018

A few days ago, Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham spent a good chunk of her show telling LeBron James, the most well-known athlete in the world, to “stick to dribbling.” In other words, she told him to stick to sports. Over the All-Star Break of the NBA season, James and Kevin Durant went on ESPN ...

Illini keep the Huskers from dancing: Sunday reaction column

Illini keep the Huskers from dancing: Sunday reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 18, 2018

Three-point shooting has been a big focus for the Illini this season, and in Sunday’s matchup with Nebraska, it paid off. While scoring droughts have plagued the Illini all season, the shooting against the Huskers was absolutely lights-out. In the first half alone, Illinois shot just over 62 percent from...

Penn State v. Illinois reaction

Penn State v. Illinois reaction

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 14, 2018

Despite another solid start, the Illini were unable to hang on and dropped their third straight game. A poor shooting night from Trent Frazier and little contribution from anybody else besides Leron Black was a recipe for disaster. But, there was more to it than just that. Here are a few of my takeaways...

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 12, 2018

With NCAA Tournament hopes for head coach Brad Underwood’s inaugural season all but gone, Illinois basketball’s focus has shifted to finishing the year strong and shoring up the roster for seasons to come. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top recruiting targets for Underwood and h...

Illini v. Wisco reaction column

Illini v. Wisco reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 11, 2018

Limiting the star power  One thing that has continued to be an issue game in and game out is the Illinois' ability to limit the opposing stars to a minimum. Without even looking at the numbers, I can recall Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson, Jawun Evans, and now Ethan Happ all having monster games ag...

Illini gymnastics: the powerhouse that deserves attention

Illini gymnastics: the powerhouse that deserves attention

By Orri Benatar, On-air sports editor

February 4, 2018

It’s easy to forget about smaller sports. Our attention is so focused on the pursuit of football and men’s basketball success that we can overlook all the great things other student-athletes achieve. Golf has gained more of following, but it's time another Illinois sport gets its due: gymnastics....

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