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Sophomore Piercen Hunt follows through on his swing after hitting the ball at the 15th annual OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sunday. The team finished in 11th with a debut from freshman Dylan Keating and TJ Barger.

Illinois finishes 11th in Fighting Illini Invitational, freshmen make debuts

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer September 20, 2021

Illinois has already had one competition in the month of September, and this past weekend the Illini took a short trip to Olympia Fields for the 15th annual OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. The three-day...

Quarterback Brandon Peters prepares to receive the snap during the game against Maryland on Friday. After missing two games due to an injury, Peters returned on Friday, though an underwhelming performance drew concerns about the Illinis  quarterback situation.

Illini quarterbacks struggle to produce as losses pile up

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor September 20, 2021

Another week, another Illinois loss, and this time it was at the hands of the Maryland Terrapins. Illinois came into Friday night's matchup as the underdog, even with starting quarterback Brandon Peters...

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 September 18, 2021

Friday night was ugly. After taking the lead for the first time in the game just under one minute into the fourth quarter, the Illini couldn’t hang on, with a combination of poor decision making,...

Brandon Peters gets ready to pass the ball during Illinois game against Maryland on Sept. 17. Peters didnt have an ideal return from injury, tossing less than 200 yards and an interception in the Illinis disappointing 20-17 loss to the Terrapins.

Maryland notes, grades: Illinois’ offense falters, defense steps up in heartbreaking home loss

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer September 18, 2021

After losing two consecutive non-conference games, Illinois fell to 1-1 in Big Ten play and extended its losing streak to three games in an ugly, back-and-forth 20-17 loss to Maryland.  Illinois looked...

Graduate student Jon Davis runs during a match for cross country. Jon Davis started off his season with a first place win.

Men’s, women’s cross country teams take home first in Red Bird Invite

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

In just their second meet of the season, the Illini's depth was on full display. The cross country team traveled to Normal, Illinois for the Red Bird Invite hosted by Illinois State, which saw the Illini...

Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen tries to tackle Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa during the game between the Illini and the Terrapins on Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois falls to Maryland on last-second field goal, drops third straight game

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 17, 2021

After two consecutive ugly losses to UTSA and Virginia over the last two weeks, Illinois came to play against Maryland on Friday night under the lights at Memorial Stadium.  In former Illinois coaches...

Quarterback Art Sitkowki prepares for the snap during Illinois game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sept. 4. The Daily Illini sports staff made some predictions ahead of the teams Friday night matchup against the Maryland Terrapins.

Quick picks: The Daily Illini sports staff makes predictions ahead of Maryland matchup

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff September 17, 2021

Illinois has struggled offensively and defensively in two consecutive losses, with the Illini falling to the UTSA Roadrunners, 37-30, at Memorial Stadium and getting blown out on the road against the Virginia...

Illinois players run out of the tunnel before the teams game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sept. 4. The Illini look to get back in the win column against the Maryland Terrapins on Friday night.

Illinois to host Maryland, looks to end losing skid

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

The Illini will look to turn around their two-game losing streak Friday night at 8 p.m. when they host the Maryland Terrapins at Memorial Stadium. Maryland is 2-0 on the season while boasting elite...

Head coach brad Underwood writes on his whiteboard before the game against Purdue on Jan. 2. Underwood is expected to receive a contract extension through the 2026-2027 season.

Brad Underwood to sign contract extension through 2026-2027 season

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 16, 2021

Illinois men's basketball head coach Brad Underwood will extend his contract through the 2026-2027 season, athletic director Josh Whitman announced on Thursday, pending the green light from the UI Board...

Bret Bielema walks onto the field during the footballs game against UTSA  on Sept. 4. Illinoiss football team works on getting into a groove to play with this season.

Column | Why can’t Illinois replicate Indiana’s blueprint?

By Carson Gourdie, Sttaff Writer September 16, 2021

Indiana is as big of a basketball school as you get. Bobby Knight. Isiah Thomas. Five national championships. Assembly Hall. But can you tell me much of their football history? From 1995 to 2013, they...

Junior Katie Hohe runs during a meet. The teams continue with their strong start as they compete this weekend at the Red Bird Invitational.

Illinois men’s, women’s cross country teams look to continue strong start at Red Bird Invite

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

The Illini men and women’s cross country teams will be traveling to Normal, Illinois, on Sept. 17 for their second regular-season meet of the year: the Red Bird Invite. Illinois State will be hosting...

The Illinois defensive line prepares for a snap during the game against Nebraska on Aug. 28. Defensive consistency has been a major issue for the Illini, as they have allowed an average of over 33 points per game this season.

Defensive coaching staff looks for turnaround after early-season woes

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

The Bret Bielema era was ushered in with the hope of making changes from the top down, but just three weeks into the season, the team is already showing similar warts to those of the Lovie Smith era. While...

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