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Big Ten moves to conference only fall schedule

Redshirt freshman Matt Robinson throws a pass during the match against Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2019 at Memorial Stadium.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

July 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has officially hit Power Five football. The Big Ten, most likely, has decided to enact a conference-only schedule for all fall sports as the conference tries to eliminate long distance traveling and have a universal method for testing its athletes. Multiple sources within...

Illinois’ LB Eifler questions college football season

Senior Milo Eifler plays in a spring game on April 13, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

July 3, 2020

As the football season approaches, more and more collegiate players are asked to return to their respective campuses to get ready for the season opener, albeit coronavirus cases are going through the roof.  States like Florida are consistently hitting over 5,000 new cases daily and even hit 10,00...

Hernandez sees progress in top players

Junior Brandon Peters throws a pass during the match against Connecticut on Sep. 12, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

June 26, 2020

In just over two months, Illinois expects to run out of the tunnels to take on in-state foe Illinois State — albeit in front of a mere 12,000 spectators. Nonetheless, before Peters and company can start fall practice or take their first snap of the much awaited 2020 season, the Illini must hit the...

Illini prepare for unprecedented season

Illinois Head Football Coach Lovie Smith watches from the sideline during the Redbox Bowl match against California  on Dec. 30, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

June 17, 2020

Coming off of its first bowl since 2014, the Illini expect to build off its foundation for a breakout season. With the twelfth most production coming back in the entire country, it appears Illinois has a chance to secure its first New Year’s Day bowl since 2008. But, like every other college footba...

Illini football continues May recruiting success

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith celebrates after a game-winning field goal as time expired in a 24-23 victory against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 19, 2019, in Champaign, IL.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 30, 2020

On Dec. 7, Illinois received their first commitment in their 2021 recruiting class — Samari Collier a three-star quarterback from DeSoto, Texas. Illinois would have to wait over just under five months for their second 2021 pledge, which came on May, 3, from Ga. defensive back Prince Green. However,...

Roundtree finds purpose, is determined to walk again

Junior Bobby Roundtree attends the final home football game of the season against Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 23, 2020

Under blue skies and immense pressure, junior kicker James McCourt lines up for a 39-yard field goal down by two. A successful attempt results in a program-saving upset over the undefeated and No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers while cooling down Lovie Smith's hot seat talk. The ball is snapped, and McCourt drills the ...

Whitman, Illinois plan for return of men’s basketball, football student-athletes June 3

Illinois wide reveiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and teammates celebrate a touchdown during the game against Wisconsin.  The Illini won 24-23.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 22, 2020

For the first time in months, Josh Whitman was able to give his staff, his student-athletes and Illinois fans positive information when it comes to the return of sports. On Friday, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its preparing to return Illini football and m...

2021 commit Trevor Moffitt brings speed, athleticism to Illini

Illinois football committ Trevor Moffitt poses for a promotional photo.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 19, 2020

On Thursday, Illinois received a verbal commitment from three-star Bushnell, Florida, linebacker Trevor Moffitt. Moffitt is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 195 pounds, which is slightly undersized compared to most Big Ten linebackers. However, Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is interested in...

Casey Washington works to reach new heights in sophomore season

Illinois freshman wide receiver Casey Washington celebrates a first down during the game against Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 12.  The Illini lost 25-42.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

Editors note: A previous version featured a picture that incorrectly identified the player. We have since changed the image. The Daily Illini regrets this error. Every year, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics honors several student athletes and teams with the Oskee Awards....

Illini football add prep linebacker, grad-transfer safety

The Illini football team run out onto Levi's Stadium for the Redbox Bowl in California on Dec. 30.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 14, 2020

Illinois football was active in the recruiting world on Thursday with a pair of new commitments. The first, Trevor Moffitt, from Bushnell (Fla.), is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound linebacker in the 2021 class. Moffitt is slightly undersized, in terms of weight, to play linebacker at the Big Ten level, but he ma...

Team of the century: 2001 Illini football win Big Ten, earn Sugar Bowl berth

The Illinois offensive line stands on the field before a play during the 2001 season.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 13, 2020

When telling the story of the 2001 Illinois football team, it is important to start in 1999, two years before their Big Ten Championship. Or, even two years before that: 1997. Let’s start in 1997, four seasons prior to the historic 2001 season. The 1997 season was Ron Turner’s first as the head...

2020’s divisive political debate could steer college football

2020's divisive political debate could steer college football

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Over the past week, more and more southern states have announced that college students will be returning to campus for the fall 2020 semester. That likely means SEC and ACC schools will be pushing for the 2020 college football season to go ahead as planned, including fans in attendance in some capaci...

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