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Football season grades: Honor roll

Football season grades: Honor roll

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Illinois football came into the season with one goal in mind: getting to its first bowl game in the Lovie Smith era. By the end of last season, Illinois finished 4-8, with its two Big Ten wins coming against sub-.500 teams in Rutgers and Minnesota. The Illini looked doomed to continue their struggles of the p...

Lere Oladipo enters transfer portal

Lere Oladipo enters transfer portal

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Former Illinois defensive lineman Lere Oladipo announced Tuesday night he has entered the transfer portal via Twitter. The 6-foot, 3-inch sophomore was dismissed from the team for violating team rules on Nov. 19 after being suspended by the team following a win over Connecticut on Sept. 7. His suspension came following an allegation for domestic...

Illini fall to Wildcats in regular season conclusion

Illini fall to Wildcats in regular season conclusion

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Wet, muggy, ugly – a few words for the weather during Illinois’s 29-10 loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Heading into the game, Illini starting quarterback Brandon Peters was ruled out with a head injury, forcing redshirt freshman Matt Robinson to get the starting nod. The Wildcats also turned to an i...

An open letter to Illini football seniors

An open letter to Illini football seniors

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Dear Illinois football seniors, It’s time to say goodbye to Zuppke Field and move onto whatever lies beyond. Almost four years ago, Illinois hired head coach Lovie Smith, although most of you were recruited by the Bill Cubit-Tim Beckman team. You took a chance on this guy because, well, he’s forme...

Illinois v. Northwestern game notes: A game to forget with grades to reflect

Illinois v. Northwestern game notes: A game to forget with grades to reflect

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Illinois ended the season with its second-straight loss, falling to Northwestern. The Wildcats took control of the clock on a rainy Saturday afternoon, snapping an eight-game losing streak against Big Ten opponents. The Illini struggled to establish their offensive game with quarterback Brandon Peter...

Illinois falls to Northwestern 29-10 in final regular-season game

Illinois falls to Northwestern 29-10 in final regular-season game

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 30, 2019

Wet, muggy, ugly – a few words for the weather during Illinois’ 29-10 loss to Northwestern on Saturday. With both teams forced to turn to backup quarterbacks, freshman Matt Robinson for Illinois and Andrew Marty for Northwestern, there were more than a few head-scratching plays from both sides. ...

Football game notes: Illinois at Iowa

Football game notes: Illinois at Iowa

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 23, 2019

Illinois’ offensive surge finally lost power Saturday at Iowa, as the Illini fell 19-10, dropping to 6-5 on the year. Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters looked confident in the first quarter but failed to build on the early momentum. Despite missing captain linebacker Jake Hansen, the Illinois de...

Iowa snaps Illinois’ four-game win streak

Iowa snaps Illinois’ four-game win streak

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 23, 2019

Illinois lost its first game in over a month to Iowa. The Hawkeyes grounded the Illini to the tune of 19-10 in a tight-knit defensive bout. Quarterback Nate Stanley thrived in the passing game for the Hawkeyes offensively, while several turnovers at key points throughout the game kept the Illini fro...

Illini to face Hawkeyes after 63-0 shutout

Illini to face Hawkeyes after 63-0 shutout

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

November 21, 2019

Rewind the clock to just over a year ago. November football in Illinois was nothing short of abysmal. This time last year, Illinois was devastated at Memorial Stadium in their most embarrassing loss in recent memory by way of 63 unanswered points to the University of Iowa. But the winds of change approached and turne...

Illini gain speed going into rematch against Hawkeyes

Illini gain speed going into rematch against Hawkeyes

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

Mention the number “63” around the Illinois football team, especially this week, and a painful memory rears its head. No, it’s not referring to the jersey number of bruising offensive tackle Alex Palczewski, although the junior has molded himself into an upper echelon offensive lineman in the...

Oladipo dismissed from Illinois football team

Oladipo dismissed from Illinois football team

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

Formerly suspended defensive lineman Lere Oladipo was dismissed from the Illinois football team Tuesday evening, according to a statement released by Kent Brown on behalf of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Daily Illini did not receive the initial release.  Oladipo was suspended indefinitely on Sept. ...

Lovie Smith comes in at 10th highest-paid Big Ten coach

Lovie Smith comes in at 10th highest-paid Big Ten coach

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2019

A year in the college football world is like a decade in the normal world. The constant turnstile of the coaching carousel and the continuous changes of a team’s narrative seemingly overnight is a part of what makes the sport so popular. Last year, Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith was tied...

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