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The women's basketball team huddles up before their game against Nebraska on Jan. 25. With the schedule being released, there are several games you do not want to miss.

Five games to look forward to for new-look Illini women’s basketball team

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

One could say the 2021 season ended on a high note for the Illinois women’s basketball team, but only after considering the context.  After suffering through separate ten- and six-game losing streaks,...

The Illinois defensive line prepares for a snap during the game against Nebraska on Aug. 28. Defensive consistency has been a major issue for the Illini, as they have allowed an average of over 33 points per game this season.

Defensive coaching staff looks for turnaround after early-season woes

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

The Bret Bielema era was ushered in with the hope of making changes from the top down, but just three weeks into the season, the team is already showing similar warts to those of the Lovie Smith era. While...

The Illinois Wrestling Team released their schedule for the upcoming season. The team will have dual with teams that are nonconference meets.

Illinois releases 2021-2022 wrestling schedule

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor September 15, 2021

The Illinois wrestling team released its schedule Wednesday. For the first time since the 2019-2020 school year, Illinois will have nonconference meets on the schedule. The Illini open their schedule...

Junior Siyan Chen swings at a golfball at the Wolverine Invitational. Illinois placed top five at the match.

Illinois starts season strong, secures fifth-place finish in Wolverine Invitational

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

The Illini women’s golf team traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverine Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan. Illinois took a fifth-place finish behind Michigan, Virginia, Virginia...

Sydney Stephens dribbles the ball and looks for teammates during the game against Xavier on Sept. 2. After transferring from Georgia, Stephens has already settled into her new home in Champaign, bagging five assists through seven games.

Georgia transfer Stephens settles quickly in Champaign

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 14, 2021

Head coach Janet Rayfield isn’t known for dipping into the transfer portal for players, but when Sydney Stephens' name appeared, the coaching staff knew they had to jump on the opportunity.  “Sydney...

Quarterback Artur Sitkowski hands the ball off to running back Jakari Norwood during the game against UTSA on Sept. 4. With uncertainty at the quarterback position, the Illini will need consistent production from their running backs.

Illini running backs look to carry more of offensive load

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2021

The Illinois football team returned to Champaign this weekend after its second straight loss, this time to the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia led throughout the entire game, as it never looked back en route...

Midfielder Sydney Stephens runs along side her Butler opponent in an attempt to steal the ball during their game on Aug. 29. Stephens scored the winning goal in the Illinois soccer game against Toledo.

Stephens gets game-winning goal in physical match against Toledo

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 12, 2021

A back and forth match between Illinois and Toledo ended with Sydney Stephens scoring the game winning goal to get the 1-0 win and finish off non-conference play.  “As a gritty, physical battle it...

Illinois women's golf looks to start season strong at Wolverine Invitational

Illinois women’s golf looks to start season strong at Wolverine Invitational

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer September 12, 2021

Like the Illini men’s golf team, the women’s golf team is on a level on its own. Last season, after finishing in the top-five once, Illinois starts this season with three players named to the 2021-22...

Devon Witherspoon attempts to push a UTSA receiver out of bounds during the game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sept. 4. Witherspoon and the Illini secondary struggled against a high-powered Virginia offense on Saturday.

Column | Same old, same old: Defensive discipline, depth remain critical issues under Bielema

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 11, 2021

It’s no secret that the Illini struggled defensively under former head coach Lovie Smith. In his final year in Champaign, Illinois ranked last in the Big Ten in passing yards allowed, with opposing teams...

Owen Carney gets set before a play during the game against Virginia at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on Saturday. The Illini struggled offensively and defensively against the Cavaliers, and they have lots of things to sort out before returning to Big Ten action on Friday night.

Notes, players grades: Illini struggle on both ends of the ball in loss at Virginia

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor September 11, 2021

In what was the first road test for the team under Bret Bielema, the Illini were dominated on both ends of the ball, falling to the Virginia Cavaliers, 42-14. Virginia started the game by scoring two...

The Illinois volleyball team huddles together during the Bluejay Invitational this weekend. The Illini beat Omaha and Southern Methodist on Friday before falling to host No. 19 Creighton on Saturday.

Illinois wins two of three matches at Bluejay Invitational in Omaha

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor September 11, 2021

The Illinois volleyball team traveled to Omaha for the Bluejay Invitational  and played in a trio of matches this weekend. Illinois played Omaha and Southern Methodist Friday, and Creighton on Saturday. Heading...

Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs celebrates a fumble recovery and touchdown during the game against Rutgers.  Hobbs will be playing his rookie season with the Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL.

Former Illinois players look to impress during the 2021 NFL season

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor September 11, 2021

Chase McLaughlin, Kicker for the Cleveland Browns After beating out Cody Parkey in training camp, Chase McLaughlin will be the starting kicker for the Cleveland Browns this season. McLaughlin hopped...

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