The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Illinois running back Kendrick Foster takes a handoff during the game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct 28. The Illini lost 10-24.

Time to not stick to sports

By Cole Henke, Sports editor February 19, 2018
Illinois forward Michael Finke catches his breath near the sideline during the team’s 62-58 victory over Grand Canyon on Dec. 30. Finke is averaging 9.8 points per game this season.

The blowout loss at Wisconsin was an anomaly

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor February 8, 2018
Illinois forward Kipper Nichols drives to the basket during the game against Iowa at the State Farm Center on Jan. 11. The Illini lost in overtime, 104-97, however, the Illini defeated the Scarlet Knights on Tuesday, 91-60.

Underwood, Illini ruined a perfectly good thing

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor February 1, 2018
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks out over the field during the game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct 28. The Illini lost 10-24.

What Illini sports have taught me

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor January 16, 2018
Sports editor Cole Henke says,
“Volleyball has been the most consistently fun sport at this University for more than four years.”

The only sport that matters

By Cole Henke, Sports editor December 7, 2017
Safety Patrick Nelson makes a tackle during the Wisconsin game on Oct. 28. Nelson is one Illini transferring next season.

I would transfer too

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor November 30, 2017
Illinois wide receiver Malik Turner catches a pass for a successful fourth down conversion during the game against Ball State on Saturday, September 2, at Memorial Stadium.

We can’t forget the seniors’ sacrifice

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor November 27, 2017
Fans in the Block I student section jangle their keys in the air during a kickoff in the game against Michigan State at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016. Sports editor Cole Henke lists what he’ll get to do this weekend in the stands rather than the press box.

I get to be a fan this weekend

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor November 9, 2017
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks out over the field during the game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct 28. The Illini lost 10-24.

It’s Christmas time for Illinois sports

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor November 2, 2017
Fighting Illini fans tailgating after the game against Rutgers University on Saturday Oct. 14.

It’s time to build a new tailgaiting tradition

By Cole Henke, Sports editor October 26, 2017
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith stands on the sidelines during
the game against Western Kentucky University on Sept. 9.

When fading out the old guys goes too far

By Cole Henke, Sports editor October 16, 2017
Illinois backup quarterback Chayce Crouch (7) runs down the field during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 8. The Illini lost 34-31.

Illini “Quarterback Controversy” is a non-story

By Cole Henke, Sports editor September 25, 2017
An apology to the Illini defense

An apology to the Illini defense

By Cole Henke, Sports editor September 10, 2017
Illinois wide receiver Malik Turner jumps to catch a pass for a successful fourth down conversion during the teams close victory against Ball State on Saturday. The Illini won 24-21.

Illinois football upperclassmen saved the day

By Cole Henke, Sports editor September 5, 2017
Illinois Football is young, and I am old

Illinois Football is young, and I am old

By Cole Henke, Sports editor August 31, 2017
Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. looks to pass the ball during the game against Michigan State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 6.

Breaking down the Illini football home games

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor August 1, 2017
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith walks down the sideline during a timeout in the game against Western Michigan at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 17. Illinois would later end the season 3-9.

Smith’s first season now behind him

By Cole Henke, Staff writer May 8, 2017
Iowas Riley McCarron (83) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 19. The Illini are losing 7-0 at halftime.

Updated rapid recap: Iowa beats Illinois 28-0

By Cole Henke, Staff writer November 19, 2016
Illinois wide receiver Zach Grant (88) rushes off the line of scrimmage during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 8. The Illini lost 34-31.

Zach Grant made it to the top of the hill

By Cole Henke, Staff writer November 2, 2016
Illinois backup quarterback Chayce Crouch (7) runs down the field during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 8. The Illini lost 34-31.

Crouch gave Illinois football a chance at win

By Cole Henke, Staff writer October 9, 2016
Illinois football fans line the entrance to Grange Grove waiting for the football team to enter before the game against Murray State at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 3.

IFC hosts new tailgate to attract fraternities

By Cole Henke, Staff writer September 8, 2016
ILLordle: Play now