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

Punter Blake Hayes on the sidelines during the second half of the game against the Rutgers on Oct. 30. Hayes and other players from the team receive All-Big Ten Honors.

Five Illini earn All-Big Ten honors

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

Illinois wrapped up their regular season with an outstanding...

Wide receiver Danny Navarro III (96) takes the ball up the field during the game against Northwestern on Nov. 27. Columnist Carson Gourdie believes that the Illini need a change in structure for next season.

Column | Illinois can’t replicate 2021 blueprint for future success

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

This was a productive season for Illinois’ football...

Illinois defensive back Tony Adams flexes in celebration during Illinois 47-14 win over Northwestern on Saturday. Adams and the Illini defense dominated, forcing two turnovers while allowing just 14 points in the emphatic win.

Solid defensive performance key in Senior Day victory against Northwestern

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

During this season’s bye week, Illinois extended...

Illinois wide receiver Isaiah Williams runs with the ball during the game against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Illini offense excelled in every sense, using a balanced aerial and ground game to dominate the Wildcats and secure a 33-point win.

Illini offense dominates in first half, uses strong game plan to tame Wildcats

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

Throughout the season, Bret Bielema has echoed the...

Calvin Avery celebrates with teammates during Illinois 47-14 win over Northwestern on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium. The defense played a big role in the blowout victory, while the offense and special team units also played some of their best football of the year.

Northwestern notes, grades: Illini dominate Wildcats to earn back Land of Lincoln Trophy

By Josh Pietsch, Sports On-Air Editor

What we watched out there today, folks, was the best...

Owen Carney Jr. hoists the Land off Lincoln Trophy following Illinois 47-14 win over Northwestern at Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening.

Illinois football reclaims Land of Lincoln Trophy, dominates Northwestern in 47-14 win

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor

Looking to bring the Land of Lincoln Trophy back to...

Illinois attempts to defend Northwestern during last years game at Ryan Field on Nov. 27, 2021. The Illini hope to make a comeback this year as they are competing against Northwestern this Saturday at Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. for the Land of Lincoln trophy.

Illinois football wraps up regular season with battle with Northwestern for Land of Lincoln Trophy

By Wes Holllenberg, Staff Writer

Illinois football will wrap up its regular season hosting...

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...

Offensive linebacker Doug Kramer embraces his Illinois teammates during the game against Rutgers on Oct. 30. Kramer hopes to break the teams losing streak in his final college season.

‘I would love to go out with a win’: Kramer aims to snap losing streak in final college season

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor

When Doug Kramer chose to attend Illinois, he was following...

Lovie Smith, previous head coach of the Fighting Illini football team, walks along the sidelines at Ryan Field during the game against Northwestern on Dec. 12 the day before he was fired. The Illini have gone through a series of coach cycles since 2006 giving Northwestern an advantage against the team for the past 15 years.

Fitzgerald, Northwestern dominate coach-cycled Illinois since 2006

By Josh Pietsch, Sports On-Air Editor

In July 2006, following the unexpected death of Randy...

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