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Highly-touted freshman Adam Miller looks to bring shooting touch to Illinois

Freshman Adam Wolf officials commits to the University of Illinois on May 3.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The prize of Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class was 4-star guard Adam Miller. The Illini offered Miller back in 2016 and had pushed hard to get him, though Miller finally committed to Illinois in November 2019 before signing his letter of intent in April. After diving into film, there's a reason th...

Medical advancements lead to reversal of Big Ten football postponement

Illini football head coach Lovie Smith waves at the team's first practice since the BIg Ten's decision to reinstate the fall football seaosn. The Illini have roughly four weeks to practice before the season begins.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

After an announcement came Wednesday morning, the Big Ten will officially be playing football in the fall again. Despite the league deciding to postpone football until the spring in August, a re-vote took place and after a unanimous decision, the season will now start the weekend of Oct. 23-24.  Un...

Illinois joins nationwide effort to save athletic programs

Members of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team lock arms in a circle at a gymnastics meet during the 2019 season. Members of the team have joined an effort to save various sports from disontinuation at American universities.

By Bradley Zimmerman

September 17, 2020

In a span of just three weeks, the Universities of Iowa and Minnesota and the College of William & Mary announced the discontinuation of their men’s gymnastics programs, among other sports, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Facing multi-million-dollar revenue shortfalls, the universities will field thei...

Big Ten reinstates 2020 football season

The Illini Football team erupts in celebration after defeating the Michigan State Spartans on Nov. 9, 2019. The Illini won 37-34. The Illini now have the chance to build on the success in 2019 as this season is set to start Oct. 23-24.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 16, 2020

Big Ten football is back. The conference announced in a press release on Wednesday it has voted to start its college football season on Oct. 23-24.  “The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac scre...

Cross country, track and field teams deal with postponed competition, possible season overlap

Women’s cross country and track head coach Sarah Haveman claps at a cross country meet,

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

September 15, 2020

As the Big Ten sports world continues to reel from the conference’s decision to postpone fall athletics in August, many coaches and players are dealing with the logistical issues raised by playing fall sports in the spring, such as cross country and track and field. Although cross country is a fall...

Hutcherson prepared for lofty expectations at Illinois after year off

Illini redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional picture for Illini Athletics on Oct. 11, 2019. Hutcherson is  expected to make an immediate impact after sitting out a year.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

Shooting the three-pointer was anything but easy for Illinois in the 2019-2020 season. As a team, they shot 30.3% from behind the arc, finishing dead last in the Big Ten and 311th in the country. Improving on shooting is a must for Illinois this season. Enter redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson. Hutcherson sat out l...

Illini hopeful for rise in NFL Draft prospects

Senior offensive lineman Alex Palczewski defends the quarterback during the game against Nebraska on Nov. 10, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Illini lost 54-35.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

bAfter having no one taken in the 2020 NFL draft, the Illini would love to get some names on the board next year. Luckily for them, there are a couple of guys on the team that are expected to get drafted already and a handful of others that can raise their stock to sneak into the 2021 NFL Draft. Th...

Men’s gymnastics begins fall practices

Redshirt junior Jordan Kovach competes at the Men’s Gymnastics Big Ten Championships on April 6, 2019. Kovach and the Illini have recently resumed practice for the winter season.

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team restarted team practices in Kenney Gym on Aug. 31. This marks the first time since March the gymnasts not only practiced together but even used their Urbana training and practice facility. Under normal circumstances, the team would have remained on campus throughout ...

Hutcherson has rediscovered his love for the game through injuries, tribulations

Junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional image.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 12, 2020

When Austin Hutcherson steps on the court at Ubben Basketball Practice Facility, he knows he defeated the odds to get there. Constant injuries and setbacks defined Hutcherson’s high school career. Limited to just one AAU season, Hutcherson had little time to get noticed. The Freehold, New Jersey nati...

Illini await Division I recognition after COVID-19 delays

Senior Jon Moskaluk advances towards the goal during the game against Robert Morris on Feb. 29. The Illini won 7-1.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2020

The state of Illinois currently has zero Division I hockey programs. Eventually, that number will increase.  Josh Whitman and the Illinois athletic department are still planning to add a Division I program, although the impacts of COVID-19 have significantly delayed the process of seeing the transit...

Ten former Illini currently reside on NFL rosters

Alum Nick Allegretti listens to coaches during a time out during a game in the 2018-2019 season. Allegretti was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and will serve as a backup center.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 10, 2020

The NFL begins its 2020 season today with reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. While the league has been pretty quiet about players testing positive for COVID-19, the season looks to be in good shape. The college football season can’t...

Illini look to fill void left by Feliz, Griffin

Recent graduate Andrés Feliz hoists a frame containing his jersey during Senior Night before the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on March 8. Feliz has left big shoes to fill after he graduated in the spring.

By Brandon Simberg

September 9, 2020

In the second half of the game at Iowa last season, Hawkeye’s star center Luka Garza grabbed a rebound and was moments away from starting a Hawkeye fastbreak. That was until 6-foot-2-inch Illinois guard Andrés Feliz snuck in and ripped the ball away from Garza, finishing a lay-up and giving a boost to...

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