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Team of the century: 2001 Illini football win Big Ten, earn Sugar Bowl berth

The Illinois offensive line stands on the field before a play during the 2001 season.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 13, 2020

When telling the story of the 2001 Illinois football team, it is important to start in 1999, two years before their Big Ten Championship. Or, even two years before that: 1997. Let’s start in 1997, four seasons prior to the historic 2001 season. The 1997 season was Ron Turner’s first as the head...

Best Illini uniforms: Blue-gray threads highlight Illinois baseball’s 2020 combinations

Junior Taylor Jackson and Freshman Danny Doligale celebrate during the match against Elon on March 8.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 12, 2020

Illinois sports teams all typically have clean, simple uniforms. The Illini baseball team has followed that style with very standard uniforms consisting of orange, blue, white and gray colors. The Illini have five consistent shirts they rotate and three different pants. Like every team at Illinois,...

Former reporters share inside look at Michael Jordan’s time as an Illini parent

Junior Jeff Jordan presses forward towards the basket during the match against Michigan State on Feb. 6, 2010.

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

 “The Last Dance” documentary series on ESPN has been about the only new content in the sports world lately, with two episodes of the 10-part series that showcase a behind-the-scenes look at the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls along with the career of Michael Jordan airing each Sunday night. When most peo...

Sports staff reacts to ‘The Last Dance’ episodes 7, 8

Michael Jordan holds onto the NBA Championship trophy after the Bulls won their second straight title on June 14, 1992.

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff, Sports Staff

May 11, 2020

We've hit one of the saddest sports moments in the last month — ESPN's “The Last Dance” is nearing its end. On Sunday, episodes 7 and 8 aired, leaving just two episodes left in the highly anticipated and highly watched documentary series. Episode 7 began and ended with a lot of emotion, starting...

Best Illini uniforms: ‘Flyin’ Illini’ uniforms earn top spot in 2019-2020 rankings

Junior Guard Da'Monte Williams passes the ball during the match against Old Dominion on Dec. 14, 2019.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 9, 2020

Entering the 2019-2020 season, Illinois introduced three new modern uniforms to go along with their orange “Flyin’ Illini” themed uniforms that debuted during the 2018-2019 season. The new modern uniforms feature a thick three-pattern stripe on all three uniform sets. The home whites and alternate...

2020’s divisive political debate could steer college football

2020's divisive political debate could steer college football

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Over the past week, more and more southern states have announced that college students will be returning to campus for the fall 2020 semester. That likely means SEC and ACC schools will be pushing for the 2020 college football season to go ahead as planned, including fans in attendance in some capaci...

Team of the century: 2012-2013 Illini men’s golf make program history

Former Illinois Golfer Thomas Pieters putts the ball. Pieters won the national championship in his 2011-2012 season.

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

Illinois men’s golf found their greatest success in the history of the program in the 2012-13 season. The Illini were runner ups to the University of Alabama at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. The season was full of ups and downs and was like the plot of any stereotypical sports movie. ...

Best Illini uniforms: Orange-blue-orange ranks top combination for 2019 football team

Illinois Quarterback Isaiah Williams slips through a defender's tackle during the match against Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2019.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 6, 2020

Last week, The Athletic wrote countless articles about uniforms at all levels of sports, so I approached my editor Gabby Hajduk about doing something similar for Illini athletics. Thankfully, she agreed. This week you will see opinion stories, like this one, and stories asking players about how uniforms...

Illini add Prince Green to 2021 class

A promotional photo shows that Prince Green has committed to Illinois.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 5, 2020

On Sunday night, three-star 2021 cornerback Prince Green became the second recruit to commit in the 2021 recruiting class. Green, a native of Griffin, Georgia, is the 82-ranked player in the state and is the 1,126 nationally-ranked player in the country, according to 247Sports. Green pledges his co...

Sports staff reacts to ‘The Last Dance’ episodes 5, 6

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant look on during free throws during a game at the United Center on Dec. 19, 1997.

By Daily Illini Sports Staff, Sports Staff

May 4, 2020

ESPN's “The Last Dance” documentary series is now over halfway finished after episodes 5 and 6 aired Sunday. Episode 5 carried a little more weight, as we got a quick glimpse into the older-younger brother relationship between Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant. Episode 5 also brought details...

Team of the Century: Wrestling wins 2005 Big Ten Title

Team of the Century: Wrestling wins 2005 Big Ten Title

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant On-Air Editor

May 4, 2020

When Illini fans reminisce about the 2004-2005 Illinois athletic year, they often talk about the great basketball team that won the Big Ten title and finished runner-ups in the NCAA tournament. But that basketball team wasn’t the only team that brought back a Big Ten championship that season. Th...

Postponement of NBA Combine, Draft Lottery affect Illini

Illinois Guard Ayo Dosunmu dribbles around a defender during the game against Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 3, 2020

On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the NBA has postponed the draft lottery and the NBA Combine. Wojnarowski also reported the belief around the NBA is that it is only a matter of time until the NBA Draft is postponed. Illinois has two prospects who have declared for the NBA Draft: guard ...

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