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Passion, work ethic important during Frazier’s time at Illinois

Current senior Trent Frazier surveys the  in court front of him during the game against Iowa on March 8. The Illini beat the Hawkeyes 78-76.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 20, 2020

Throughout his four years at Illinois, Trent Frazier’s passion for the basketball program has never wavered. In an era where players transfer constantly, Frazier decided to stick things out at Illinois through the good and the bad. The West Palm Beach, Florida native certainly could have left the program. H...

Highly-touted freshman Adam Miller looks to bring shooting touch to Illinois

Freshman Adam Wolf officials commits to the University of Illinois on May 3.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The prize of Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class was 4-star guard Adam Miller. The Illini offered Miller back in 2016 and had pushed hard to get him, though Miller finally committed to Illinois in November 2019 before signing his letter of intent in April. After diving into film, there's a reason th...

Medical advancements lead to reversal of Big Ten football postponement

Illini football head coach Lovie Smith waves at the team's first practice since the BIg Ten's decision to reinstate the fall football seaosn. The Illini have roughly four weeks to practice before the season begins.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

After an announcement came Wednesday morning, the Big Ten will officially be playing football in the fall again. Despite the league deciding to postpone football until the spring in August, a re-vote took place and after a unanimous decision, the season will now start the weekend of Oct. 23-24.  Un...

Illinois joins nationwide effort to save athletic programs

Members of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team lock arms in a circle at a gymnastics meet during the 2019 season. Members of the team have joined an effort to save various sports from disontinuation at American universities.

By Bradley Zimmerman

September 17, 2020

In a span of just three weeks, the Universities of Iowa and Minnesota and the College of William & Mary announced the discontinuation of their men’s gymnastics programs, among other sports, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Facing multi-million-dollar revenue shortfalls, the universities will field thei...

Illini softball use transfer portal to enhance roster

Junior Addy Jarvis winds up a pitch during the game against Louisville on March 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jarvis is one of two recent pitching transfers at Illinois.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

The transfer portal is popping. It’s only been around for a couple of years, but the Illinois softball team has added several transfer players to its roster in recent memory. Assistant coach Laura Trout, who has been at Illinois since 2015, has seen a variety of changes in relation to recruiting in h...

Swim and dive coach reacts to Iowa’s program cuts

Women’s swimming head coach Sue Novitsky hugs senior swimmer Gabriele Serniute during Senior Day on Jan. 26, 2019. Novitsky felt shocked upon hearing about Iowa’s program cuts.

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

On Aug. 21, the University of Iowa’s President, Bruce Herald, and Director of Athletics, Gary Barta, announced in an open letter to the university that four varsity sports programs would be cut due to financial exigency. “With the Big Ten Conference’s postponement of fall competition on Aug. 11, ...

Big Ten reinstates 2020 football season

The Illini Football team erupts in celebration after defeating the Michigan State Spartans on Nov. 9, 2019. The Illini won 37-34. The Illini now have the chance to build on the success in 2019 as this season is set to start Oct. 23-24.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 16, 2020

Big Ten football is back. The conference announced in a press release on Wednesday it has voted to start its college football season on Oct. 23-24.  “The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac scre...

Fahey, Illini bring in three freshmen for 2020 season

Illinois head coach Nancy Fahey talks to junior guard J-Naya Ephraim during the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center on Jan. 17, 2019. Fahey recently recruited three freshmen to play in the upcoming season.

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

September 16, 2020

The women’s basketball team is in the midst of a roster overhaul. After losing three of the team’s top four scorers from a season ago, head coach Nancy Fahey is going to have to figure out how this roster can compensate for the departures. She’ll have to start by looking at her three freshmen:...

Cross country, track and field teams deal with postponed competition, possible season overlap

Women’s cross country and track head coach Sarah Haveman claps at a cross country meet,

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

September 15, 2020

As the Big Ten sports world continues to reel from the conference’s decision to postpone fall athletics in August, many coaches and players are dealing with the logistical issues raised by playing fall sports in the spring, such as cross country and track and field. Although cross country is a fall...

Newcomers bring new look to Illini volleyball

Redshirt freshman Ellie Holzman officially commits to the University of Illinois on Nov. 29, 2018. Holzman is expected to fill some of the gaps left by the prior seniors.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

When Illinois volleyball returns, there will be some big shoes to fill due to the loss of four seniors who graduated last year. With the exit of Jacqueline Quade, Caroline Welsh, Beth Prince and Ashlyn Fleming, the team is now beginning to look substantially different from Illinois’ 2018 Final Four rost...

Hutcherson prepared for lofty expectations at Illinois after year off

Illini redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional picture for Illini Athletics on Oct. 11, 2019. Hutcherson is  expected to make an immediate impact after sitting out a year.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

Shooting the three-pointer was anything but easy for Illinois in the 2019-2020 season. As a team, they shot 30.3% from behind the arc, finishing dead last in the Big Ten and 311th in the country. Improving on shooting is a must for Illinois this season. Enter redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson. Hutcherson sat out l...

Illini hopeful for rise in NFL Draft prospects

Senior offensive lineman Alex Palczewski defends the quarterback during the game against Nebraska on Nov. 10, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Illini lost 54-35.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

bAfter having no one taken in the 2020 NFL draft, the Illini would love to get some names on the board next year. Luckily for them, there are a couple of guys on the team that are expected to get drafted already and a handful of others that can raise their stock to sneak into the 2021 NFL Draft. Th...

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