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Notes and grades from Illinois’ 55-31 win over Minnesota

Notes and grades from Illinois’ 55-31 win over Minnesota

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

November 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Del’Shawn Phillips thought he had a touchdown — the whole stadium did. When the officials called back his scoop-and-score and whistled Illinois for a sideline interference penalty near the end of the first half against Minnesota, it reduced a 31-14 lead to 24-17 at the half. What could have be...

Illinois defense goes through changes before weekend matchup

Illinois defense goes through changes before weekend matchup

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Memorial Stadium will celebrate the University’s annual Dads Weekend as well and Military Appreciation Day on Saturday. However, the recent situation for Illinois has offered little to celebrate. After a 63-33 loss to push the season record to 3-5, Illinois football defensive coordinator Hardy Nick...

Illini cope with adversity, defensive struggles

Illini cope with adversity, defensive struggles

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

No team expects to lose a coach during the season, much less a coordinator. But eight weeks into the 2018 slate, sitting at 3-5 and losing their last three Big Ten games by a combined score of 158-60, that’s where the Illini stand. Now, the team must move on without defensive coordinator Hardy Nicke...

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson resigns

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson resigns

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini football program announced Monday morning defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson will be resigning due to personal reasons.  Nickerson informed head coach Lovie Smith of the pending resignation Sunday, coming off the 63-33 loss to Maryland on Saturday. “Hardy informed me yesterday ...

Past, present Illini voice concerns over Twitter

Past, present Illini voice concerns over Twitter

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

October 29, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Knees weak. Palms are sweaty. Another loss already. Coran’s spaghetti. Illinois true-freshman quarterback Coran Taylor believes there is a personnel move the Illini need to make. In the second quarter of what would be a 63-33 loss at Maryland, Taylor took to Twitter for a wise proclamation: “You know I’m ready ...

Illini football player Lere Oladipo arrested

Illini football player Lere Oladipo arrested

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

October 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois redshirt freshman Lere Oladipo was arrested Sunday at around 1:30 a.m. by the University police on domestic battery charges, according to the News-Gazette. The defensive player was released on a $1,000 bail Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and has a criminal arraignment set for 1:30 p.m. on...

Notes and grades from Illinois’ loss at Maryland

Notes and grades from Illinois’ loss at Maryland

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

October 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Good Reggie Corbin showed up for the Illini, and that’s about it. Corbin put up a career-best 155 yards on 18 carries and ran for a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter, though the game was already out of reach at that point. The game marked a rare return home for Corbin, who went to high school in near...

Illinois shows too little, too late

Illinois shows too little, too late

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

October 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Maryland and Illinois both commented on the importance of their first-ever matchup throughout the week, but only one came prepared. In the 63-33 loss, Maryland collected 431 total rushing yards as the Illinois defense continued its long-standing struggles. Illinois was first on the board with a 32-yard field goal ...

Corbin to head home, play against familiar faces

Corbin to head home, play against familiar faces

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Maryland has been in the Big Ten since 2014, but when the Illini take on the Terrapins in College Park on Saturday, it will be the first meeting between the two programs. Head coach Lovie Smith admitted the team’s knowledge is slim about Maryland, which is 4-3 (2-2 Big Ten) and fresh off a 23-0 bla...

A quick look at head coach Lovie Smith’s salary

A quick look at head coach Lovie Smith’s salary

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Football, Salary Guide, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories

The list of the top-10 college football’s highest-paid coaches features one thing that doesn’t look like the others. Among the sea of seasoned — and winning — coaches on the nation’s highest paid, swims Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith, who’s bound in a four-way tie for the No. 10...

Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Game notebook

Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Game notebook

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

A change under center M.J. Rivers relieved AJ Bush of his duties under center at the 6:36 mark in the second quarter. After two interceptions and just 10 yards passing on eight attempts from Bush, the coaching staff decided to go with Rivers’ arm talent, even if it meant sacrificing Bush’s l...

Bush benched, Illini lose second straight

Bush benched, Illini lose second straight

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

October 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois football thought it could weather the storm, but as the snow fell in Madison, Wisconsin, so did the Illini in a 49-20 loss. No. 23 Wisconsin opened up the game with a five-minute drive down the field to score in 11 plays. As for the Illini offense's opening drive, the group held onto the ball for all of 94 ...

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