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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...

Hana Inman-Grabow announces plans to press charges against Oladipo, sue University

Hana Inman-Grabow announces plans to press charges against Oladipo, sue University

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

November 16, 2019

On Friday, University of Illinois student Hana Inman-Grabow announced plans to press charges against suspended sophomore Illini football player Lere Oladipo and sue the University via her personal Twitter account @HanaRenee13. The announcement follows previous claims made by Inman-Grabow, who claims she was romantically involved with Oladipo, on October 30 when she posted a series of tweets ...

WPGU’s Illini Drive: Staff talks about Illini basketball, bowl game eligibility, and “State of the NFL” address

WPGU’s Illini Drive: Staff talks about Illini basketball, bowl game eligibility, and “State of the NFL” address

By Jason Ligget, Producer

November 14, 2019

The Illini Drive crew talks about Illinois football earning a bowl game berth for the first time since 2014 along with commentary about Illini men's basketball, and reactions from the "State of the NFL" address....

Athletic Director Josh Whitman contract extended through 2024

Athletic Director Josh Whitman contract extended through 2024

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2019

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Thursday afternoon the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has extended Director of Athletics Josh Whitman’s contract into 2024. The announcement, addressed by Whitman to “Illini Family and Friends,” was accompanied by a collection of photos...

Imatorbhebhe, Brown named Big Ten Players of the Week

Imatorbhebhe, Brown named Big Ten Players of the Week

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

November 11, 2019

Junior wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and sophomore defensive back Sydney Brown earned Big Ten Player of the Week accolades Monday. The announcement follows Illinois' historic comeback at Michigan State Saturday, which handed the Illini their fourth straight victory and bowl game eligibility for...

Illinois vs. Michigan State game notes

Illinois vs. Michigan State game notes

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Illinois’ storybook season keeps getting better. Off the strength of a massive fourth-quarter rally against Michigan State, Illinois earned its fourth-straight win against a Big Ten opponent. For the first time in the Lovie Smith era, and since the Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014, Illinois finds itself ...

Illini are officially going bowling

Illini are officially going bowling

By Tatiania Perry, Columnist

November 11, 2019

Before the game even started, I had two possible headlines written: “Illinois is going bowling!” or “Illinois still has two more chances at a bowl game, don’t fret.” At halftime, I had a whole column written about how loss is OK, but in the fourth quarter, I deleted the whole thing. One ...

Illini beat Spartans, becomes bowl game eligible under Lovie Smith

Illini beat Spartans, becomes bowl game eligible under Lovie Smith

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 10, 2019

On fourth down with 45 seconds to go, Illinois needed a touchdown to complete a school-record comeback. Quarterback Brandon Peters received the snap and immediately fired the pass to wide receiver Caleb Reams. The pass was batted away, and Spartan Stadium rejoiced all around. But then a flag was throw...

Illinois looks for fourth-straight conference win against Michigan State Saturday

Illinois looks for fourth-straight conference win against Michigan State Saturday

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

Illinois football continues its quest for a bowl game as the team heads up north to take on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon. “As we talk about being in the playoffs, this is it,” said head coach Lovie Smith. “This is a playoff game for us, and we’re looking at it that way. A ...

Walk-on Navarro shines on offense this season

Walk-on Navarro shines on offense this season

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

Illinois came out of the gate slow against Rutgers Saturday and was in search of a spark early on. But that jolt came from receiver Donny Navarro, who went up and out jumped a Scarlet Knight defensive back, hauling in a pass and advancing to the 13-yard line before being tackled for a 48-yard gain. Th...

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