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Illini women’s basketball hires new assistant coach

Illini women’s basketball hires new assistant coach

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Illinois women’s basketball head coach Nancy Fahey hired a new assistant coach, Scott Merritt, last week. Merritt replaced LaKale Malone, who’d been coaching at Illinois since 2012. Malone has not been introduced as a coach at another school yet. Merritt was a starter at Marquette in 2003, per Illino...

NCAA grants spring sport athletes extra year

NCAA grants spring sport athletes extra year

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2020

After weeks of rumors, the NCAA made it official: seniors will be granted one more season of eligibility due to COVID-19 cancellations. The NCAA's Division 1 Council voted and the eligibility rules Monday. https://twitter.com/NCAA/status/1244759602438254592?s=20 Seniors who thought their college...

Illini of the season: Top players lead through up and down tennis season

Illini of the season: Top players lead through up and down tennis season

By Wes Hollenberg and Danielle Rhody

March 30, 2020

Looking back at the short-lived Illinois women’s tennis season, the team struggled to string together collectively strong performances that could convert into wins. Fortunately, the team did have some bright individual performers who should help the team get back to winning during a full slate of g...

Illini of the season: Shegos, Salafatinos lead Illini next year

Illini of the season: Shegos, Salafatinos lead Illini next year

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

March 29, 2020

The Illinois swim and dive team finished their almost-complete season with a 4-6-1 record, including a 3-0 record at home. The Illini had 11 swimmers advance to the CSCAA National Invitational Championship and two divers advance to the NCAA Zone C Diving Championship, but both events were cut short. D...

Illini of the season: Two golfers lessen spring struggles

Illini of the season: Two golfers lessen spring struggles

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

While heads are still spinning due to the outbreak of COVID-19, wondering when certain sports will return, one thing that is unfortunately known for sure is that the Illini women’s golf team’s season is over. After a successful fall season, the team had high hopes for a busy spring schedule. After...

Journalism alumni discuss COVID-19 impacts

Journalism alumni discuss COVID-19 impacts

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

March 27, 2020

Teams, coaches and players at every level of sports have used the phrase “this is bigger than sports” over the past two weeks while COVID-19 has forced cancellations of sports nationwide.  March Madness, Spring Training or Olympic trials seem minuscule, and are, when the world is facing a pan...

Big Ten extends suspension of team activities through May 4

Big Ten extends suspension of team activities through May 4

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced this afternoon that all organized team sports and activities will remain suspended through May 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension will be re-evaluated again before this deadline. An announcement on March 13 originally postponed all activities through April...

Krushed! Students look back at unfinished season

Krushed! Students look back at unfinished season

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2020

In an alternate reality, thousands of Illinois fans all across the country would be getting ready to watch the Illini take on the Villanova Wildcats in the Sweet 16, a mere few days after sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu and Illinois upset San Diego State at the buzzer in the Round of 32. In this reality, t...

Stephens gets second chance at Olympics

Stephens gets second chance at Olympics

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer

March 27, 2020

Sophomore gymnast Clay Stephens has dreamed of representing his native Australia in the Olympics since he was five years old. This year, Stephens finally had a chance to fulfill that dream by qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but his hopes seemingly ended on Feb. 20 when he suffered ...

Big Ten Tournament cancellation affects community

Big Ten Tournament cancellation affects community

By Claire O, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Illinois softball was set to host the Big Ten softball tournament for the first time in program history May 7-9. Head coach Tyra Perry and the Illini had been looking forward to the tournament since the winter. “We are excited to have the honor of hosting the Big Ten Tournament this year,” Perry per...

Illini of the season: brief baseball campaign highlights top performers

Illini of the season: brief baseball campaign highlights top performers

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Although the Illinois baseball team’s season was brief this year, it was sprinkled with a handful of impressive performances by players who may play key roles in next year’s squad.  The 8-5 campaign will be forever stuck in limbo, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at a few outstanding ...

Jones becomes second Illini to enter transfer portal

Jones becomes second Illini to enter transfer portal

By Alec Busse, Video Editor

March 25, 2020

Rising junior guard Tevian Jones is the second Illini men's basketball player to enter the transfer portal following the 2019-2020 season, according to a tweet by The Athletic's Brendan Quinn on Wednesday afternoon. Rising junior guard Alan Griffin previously announced his own transfer from the program...

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