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Fair Pay to Play Act sparks controversy among coaches

Fair Pay to Play Act sparks controversy among coaches

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

October 4, 2019

The annual Big Ten Basketball Media Day was headlined by a barrage of questions regarding the new Fair Pay to Play Act, which was signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom, which enables college players in California to make money off their likeness and image.  Kicking off the media day was Big Ten Commis...

Illini remain confident going into new season

Illini remain confident going into new season

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

Just a month away from the beginning of men’s basketball season, head coach Brad Underwood and the Illini addressed the media at Big Ten Media Day on Wednesday. Coming off a 12-21 season and a second-round Big Tent tournament loss, Underwood expressed his excitement to have a strong turnover of pla...

Illinois finishes ninth at Maui Jim, fifth in Fighting Illini Invitational

Illinois finishes ninth at Maui Jim, fifth in Fighting Illini Invitational

By Rich Eberwein and Jonah Perez

October 3, 2019

Through two tournaments so far, the Illinois men’s golf team placed ninth at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate at the Mirabel golf club in Scottsdale, Arizona Sept. 13-15. They also placed fifth at the Olympia Fields Country Club Fighting Illini Invitational at the OFCC in Olympia Fields, Illinois, from...

Kolaz trains for championship season, career

Kolaz trains for championship season, career

By Carson Gourdie, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2019

The buzz surrounding Illinois hockey is electric this season. Coming off of a winning season that was ended by champion Minot State, Illinois is confident it can get even better. With eight out of ten of their returning scorers back for another season, the Illini are expecting to compete at championships. A...

Illinois prepares for gopher wrath

Illinois prepares for gopher wrath

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

After a bye week away from action, Illinois will head to Minnesota this Saturday for a matchup against the Golden Gophers. “The things we’ve tried to get accomplished during the bye week, evaluate what we’ve done, personnel schemes, heal up as much as anything,” said head coach Lovie Smith. ...

Illini bring home 16 wins from California, Georgia

Illini bring home 16 wins from California, Georgia

By Jackson Janes, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2019

Five players were in action across the country this weekend for the Illini, accumulating 16 wins over four days of competition at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, California, and the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Georgia. Junior Alex Brown made his season debut and was the lone Illi...

Peters exemplifies potential

Peters exemplifies potential

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

Although the goal this offseason for the Illini was to improve from 2018 and compete for a bowl bid, the roster lacks players with actual experience being part of a winning team. One of the transfers who does have experience is junior quarterback Brandon Peters, and through four games as an Illini thus f...

Defensive failures continue to plague Illini entering week six

Defensive failures continue to plague Illini entering week six

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

“Defense wins championships” is how the old saying goes. But when the defense comes up short, there often is a need for revision. Illinois Football head coach Lovie Smith said since the end of training camp, improving the defense was a top priority. “A lot of us, including me, need to do a better job,” Smi...

Hartleb introduces Canadian club team to Illinois

Hartleb introduces Canadian club team to Illinois

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

September 30, 2019

Our friendly neighbors to the north are best known for maple syrup, universal health care, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and for being home to the 2019 NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors.  Canadian athletic programs often venture down past their southern border to compete against American teams — an...

Illini overcome Redbirds 3-2 in overtime during season opener

Illini overcome Redbirds 3-2 in overtime during season opener

By Carson Gourdie, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

Although the team made it harder than it had to be, in the end, the result Illinois hockey wanted still came: a season-opening victory over Illinois State. Behind an incredibly strong defensive performance and a clutch goal from junior forward Thomas Kolaz in overtime, the Illini (1-0) were able to h...

Illini defense focuses on improvement

Illini defense focuses on improvement

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Coming off a second consecutive loss in which the offense put up over 30 points, all eyes have been on Illinois’ defense. Despite being coordinated by a defensive specialist with NFL experience, the unit is almost exactly the same as it was last season, statistically. Head coach Lovie Smith took the...

Illini compete in Wisconsin, Indiana

Illini compete in Wisconsin, Indiana

By Jackson Janes, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

This past weekend, five Illinois tennis players competed in two different meets in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in South Bend, Indiana, to open up the fall season. The players played a combined 21 games and racked up a total of nine wins over three days of competition. Redshirt freshman and five-star rec...

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