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Illini athletes lead protest, call for unity

Illini football players junior Jamal Woods, junior Kendrick Green and senior Kendall Smith lead the way of the Black Lives Matter protest on Monday. The athlete-led protest included multiple on campus representatives from different Illini sports teams, including the football team.

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant On-Air Editor

August 31, 2020

When Illinois senior defensive back Nate Hobbs stepped up on a stone bench to address a crowd of hundreds of protestors in front of the Champaign Police Department, his message was clear. Unity. Noting there were people of every race represented in the athlete-led protest in Champaign on Monday evenin...

Five Illini named to Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250

Junior Milo Eifler stands with his teammates before playing in the Redbox Bowl against California on Dec. 30, 2019.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

August 28, 2020

The Reese’s Senior Bowl, the top college football all-star game, has announced its Top 250 players watch list. This year's list includes five Illini: linebacker Milo Eifler, defensive back Nate Hobbs, wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, center Doug Kramer and quarterback Brandon Peters. The five Illini ...

Offensive line brings experience, leadership to Illini

Senior offensive lineman Alex Palczewski protects senior quarterback Brandon Peters during the game against Akron on Sept. 14. The 2020 football season has been postponed to the spring due to COVID-19.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

August 27, 2020

Illinois football fans have a lot to look forward to if they get to see a spring college football season. In what’s anticipated to be the best Illini team of the Lovie Smith era, there are many bright spots that will look to shine and compete with the best the Big Ten has to offer.  Senior quarte...

NCAA grants WR Hightower immediate eligibility

Recently recruited wide receiver Brian Hightower practices drills at Memorial Stadium.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

August 26, 2020

Illinois hasn’t been a top tier program on the gridiron. Sure, Illinois has produced the best offensive player — Red Grange — and defensive player — Dick Butkus — in college football history. But the reality is, Illinois will never be able to go down to recruiting hot spots and pluck out the top...

Veteran offensive line to lead Illini football

Senior Quarterback Brandon Peters scans the field as the offensive line protects him during the match against Akron on Sep. 14, 2019.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

August 26, 2020

Illinois football fans have a lot to look forward to if they get to see a spring college football season. In what’s anticipated to be the best Illini team of the Lovie Smith era, there are many bright spots looking to shine and compete with the best the conference has to offer. Senior Brandon Pete...

Illini sports continue practice following postponement of season

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams throws the ball during a drill at football practice on Aug. 7.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

August 25, 2020

Huff Hall, Demirjian Park and Memorial Stadium are going to be empty this fall. The Illini won’t be competing against other Big Ten schools after the conference announced the cancellation of all fall sports Aug. 11. The Pac-12 conference followed suit later that day, and the remaining “Power 5...

Illini fall sports remained postponed until potentially spring 2021

Illinois wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and teammates celebrate a touchdown during the game against Wisconsin on Oct. 19. Big Ten commissioner and the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors made the decision to postpone the 2020 fall sports season on August 11.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

August 24, 2020

On August 11, Illinois athletics received another dose of bad news in regards to fall sports. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors decided to postpone the 2020 fall sports season and work towards playing in the spring. The decision means no Illini f...

Big Ten postpones Fall 2020 sports season

Lovie Smith answering questions at the individual podiums at the Hilton on Michigan Ave at Big Ten Media Days on Thursday/

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

August 11, 2020

New reports via Twitter have now come out stating the Big Ten has decided to postpone the 2020 Fall college football season due to growing COVID-19 concerns. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports was one of the first people to report the postponement. The Detroit Free Press initially reported on Monday that the Big Ten pr...

Illini football, Lovie Smith remain focused on playing 2020 season despite cancellation rumors

Head coach Lovie Smith stands on the sidelines during Illinois' game against Iowa on Nov. 23. Saturday, Illinois fell to Northwestern 29-10 on Senior Day, closing out the team's regular season. Captured at Kinnick Stadium on 23 Nov. 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

August 11, 2020

Despite a number of reports on Sunday that the Big Ten would cancel football for the Fall 2020 season, the conference has yet to put out an official statement on whether or not football would be played. All the uncertainty surrounding the season leaves players, coaches, and fans with countles...

Reports: Big Ten cancels 2020 college football season

Illinois football helmets line up at the end zone at Memorial Stadium during football spring training on April 13, 2019.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

August 10, 2020

The Big Ten will reportedly not be playing college football this fall. After just four days of official training camp, the Big Ten Conference has postponed their 2020 Fall sports season, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press. The report came Monday morning after several meetings between Big Ten Presidents throughout the past few days. The Big Te...

Illini begin training camp with promising offense despite season uncertainties

Illini begin training camp with promising offense despite season uncertainties

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

August 9, 2020

With an offense expected to shine with 10 conference games to play, Illinois has a lot to look forward to this upcoming football season. Despite numerous amounts of uncertainty regarding the 2020 season, the Illini have begun training camp and are preparing for their season opener on Sept. 3. Although ...

College athletes demand protections amid pandemic

Freshman Quarterback Isaiah Thomas attempts to slip by two defenders during the Red Box Bowl match against California on Dec. 30, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

August 5, 2020

COVID-19 has taken the sports world by storm since March, dramatically changing the landscape. Three of the four major professional leagues had to postpone seasons while the country was under lockdown. The NBA had to create a bubble down in Orlando in order to keep players safe while the MLB has struggle...

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