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

Eli Schuster

Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

My name is Elias Schuster, and I am extremely happy to be in the sports editor role here at The Daily Illini. I am currently a senior here at the University studying journalism and have a strong passion for sports. For the past three years, I have worked at the DI producing digital content. I have covered both Illinois football and basketball for the last three seasons and previously held the sports video editor title. A little background on me, I am originally from a suburb outside Chicago called Vernon Hills, Illinois. Growing up outside a sports-centric city quickly made me fall in love with the sports world. It also made me quickly fall in love with deep dish pizza, but that's beside the point. Anyway, if you have any questions or comments about anything at all, please feel free to contact me. Oh, and keep up to date with all the latest news via twitter @Schuster _Elias and @di_sports.

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Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (left) puts an arm around guard Trent Frazier (right) after the game against Iowa in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center on Thursday. The Illini lost 83-62, bringing their season to an end with a 12-21 (7-13 Big Ten) record.

Illinois’ season comes to a close after blowout loss to Iowa

After taking down Northwestern with its season on the...

Final curtain: It’s been a good run

Final curtain: It’s been a good run

*Walks to center stage* I am not the smartest person...

Illinois quarterback AJ Bush (1) passes the ball during the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

2018 starters compete for a spot in NFL

AJ Bush: Illinois’ grad-transfer quarterback finished...

Illini look for spark to end rollercoaster season

Illini look for spark to end rollercoaster season

The Illinois men’s basketball season has had its...

A popular online image which has received plenty of attention, the otter sports an Illini jersey as advocacy for the “Alma Otter” to become a University symbol gains traction.

UI mascot change far from possible

Disclaimer: I am about to utter a word that will make...

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood hugs guard Andres Feliz after the game against Northwestern at the State Farm Center on Sunday. The Illini won 81-76.

Feliz puts up career-best performance; Illini win over Wildcats

A sparsely filled State Farm Center did not get loud...

Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) high fives fans after the game against Rutgers at State Farm Center on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. The Illini won in overtime, 99-94.

Bezhanishvili: A basketball love story

Giorgi Bezhanishvili drives a Lambo. Turning heads...

Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) celebrates from the bench during the game against Michigan State at State Farm Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The Illini won 79-74.

Recent win perfect example of Illinois basketball’s development

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman stands in the...

Illinois takes Nebraska down 71-64 for third Big Ten win

Illinois takes Nebraska down 71-64 for third Big Ten win

While the polar vortex was surely out of Champaign...

Illinois guard Tevian Jones (5) goes up for a reverse layup during the game against Minnesota at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

Illinois basketball’s future relies on young player experience

The Illinois men’s basketball team currently sits...

Holzman named Gatorade National Player of the Year

Holzman named Gatorade National Player of the Year

Illinois volleyball continues to win. Illini incoming...

Illinois fans jump to their feet after a kill for the Illinois volleyball team during the Final Four match against Nebraska. Illinois won the first two sets before dropping three-straight to fall out of the tournament.

Final Four demonstrates volleyball growth

A total of 18,113 fans filled the seats of the Target...

Illinois outside hitter Megan Cooney (15) and outside hitter Beth Prince (8) cut the net after the match against Wisconsin Saturday. The Illini will participate in the Final Four in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this week.

Top 10 Illinois sports moments of 2018

10. Dudek out for the season The 2018 Illinois football...

Illinois guard Trent Frazier (1) waits to enter the game during the game against UNLV at State Farm Center on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Like it or not, Illinois basketball’s record makes sense

Let’s get one thing straight: heading into the 2018-2019...

Illinois head coach Chris Tamas smiles during a timeout in the match against Nebraska in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament at the Target Center on Thursday, Dec. 13. The Illini look forward to the 2019 season in anticipation of the talent recruits like Ellie Holzman will bring to the table.

Final Four Notebook: A closer look at Illinois’ journey

One last ride For seniors Jordyn Poulter, Ali...

The Illini huddle together after losing the third set in the match against Nebraska in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Nebraska defeated Illinois 3-2.

Illinois drops heartbreaker to Cornhuskers in Final Four

In 2016, assistant coach Chris Tamas walked off the...

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Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks up at the scoreboard during the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 17.

‘Twas the start of championship weekend

‘Twas the Final Four day, when all through Illinois Not...

Illinois defensive specialist Caroline Welsh (21) digs the ball during the match against Wisconsin in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall Saturday. The Illini won 3-1.

Illinois volleyball players come straight from the comics

First of all, I would like to apologize for any awkward...

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade (right) hugs middle blocker Ashlyn Fleming (left) after the match against Wisconsin in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The Illini won 3-1.

Win secures Final Four spot

Beth Prince, Jordyn Poulter and Blayke Hranicka sat...

Illinois center Samba Kane (34) dunks the ball during the game against Mississippi Valley State at State Farm Center on Sunday, Nov. 25. The Illini won 86-67.

Illinois back in win column after return from Maui Invitational

Illinois is a very tired basketball team, according...

Illinois running back Dre Brown (25) celebrates with wide receiver Ricky Smalling (4) after scoring a touchdown during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Press Box Bundle: Illinois vs. Minnesota

The Daily Illini Game Day Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-296791221/the-daily-illini-game-day-podcast-illinois-vs-minnesota Observations: It...

Past, present Illini voice concerns over Twitter

Past, present Illini voice concerns over Twitter

Knees weak. Palms are sweaty. Another loss already. Coran’s...

Illini football player Lere Oladipo arrested

Illinois redshirt freshman Lere Oladipo was arrested...

Press Box Bundle: Illinois vs. Purdue

Press Box Bundle: Illinois vs. Purdue

Daily Illini Game Day Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-296791221/purduepod Video...

Sophomore defensive back Bennett Williams warms up during Illinois football training camp on Friday. Williams highlights a secondary that heads into the 2018 season with a lot young talent.

Bennett Williams released from Illini football team

It was reported Wednesday afternoon by Bret Beherns...

Illinois wide receiver Ricky Smalling (left) celebrates with wide receiver Trenard Davis (right) after scoring a touchdown during the game against Penn State at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The Illini lost 63-24.

Press Box Bundle: Illinois vs. No. 10 Penn State

The Daily Illini Game Day Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-296791221/the-daily-illini-game-day-podcast-illinois-vs-no-10-penn-state Video...

Illinois tight end Austin Roberts (36) and quarterback Cam Miller (16) carry the American and Illinois flags onto the field before the game against USF at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Illinois vs. USF: Press Box Bundle

As I begin to cover my fourth season of Illinois football,...

Illinois running back Mike Epstein runs the ball during the
game against USF at Soldier Field on Saturday. The Illini lost
25-19.

Players need to retain confidence despite lows

Illini fans beware. After each game this season, I...

Place proper importance on injuries

On Saturday, freshman wide receiver Edwin Carter made...

Illinois quarterback AJ Bush (1) celebrates while running onto the field at the start of the game against Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Illinois vs. Western Illinois: Press Box Bundle

As I begin to cover my fourth season of Illinois football,...

Freshman quarterback Cam Thomas (10) runs the ball down field in the Illinis game against Minnesota. The Illini lost 24-17.

Cam Thomas leaves Illinois football program

A press release sent out on Thursday afternoon announced...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith sings Hail to the Orange with his team after the game against Kent State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Booing inspires victory

At the Illinois season opener on Saturday, boos rang...

Illinois running back RaVon Bonner (21) rushes the ball during the game against Kent State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Illinois vs. Kent State: Press Box Bundle

As I begin to cover my fourth season of Illinois football,...

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky of the Chicago Bears competes
in a game against the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. Trubisky is a
young NFL talent that, much like the Illini football team, looks
for big improvement.

Big Ten teams as NFL QB’s

Soon enough, our noses will be tickled with the sweet...

Ike is a popular choice for University Housing residents because it has a dining hall, A La Carte store, and coffee shop.

Top five things to keep in mind so you don’t look stupid

All right, this one goes out to all those rookies out...

Illinois sophomore wide receiver Carmoni Green tries to avoid defenders after making a catch at Illinois training camp on August 8, 2018. Green looks  to have a strong season after an underwhelming freshman year. Photo by: Illini Athletics

Green’s offseason persistence shows great potential

Half of sophomore wide receiver Carmoni Green’s receptions...

Senior wide receiver Justice Williams runs during Illinois training camp on August 3, 2018. Williams is transitioning from the linebacker position and quickly moving up the depth chart. Photo by: Illinois Athletics

Justice Williams finding his place in Illini offense

On a Thursday night in the fall of 2017, linebacker...

Freshman defensive back Jartavius Martin stretches with his teammates before the second day of practice at the Illinois football training camp at the Campus Recreation fields on Saturday. The Illini are looking to improve both offensively and defensively in the upcoming season, with players working hard and striving to prove their place on the team.

Illini football training camp: What you need to know early on

The horse that stood south of the Campus Recreation...

The 2008 Illini Rose Bowl team poses for a picture at their 10 year anniversary held at Memorial Stadium on July 21, 2018.

[Video] WATCH: 2008 Rose Bowl team holds reunion at Memorial Stadium

The Fighting Illini Athletics program welcomed back...

2008 Rose Bowl team holds reunion at Memorial Stadium

2008 Rose Bowl team holds reunion at Memorial Stadium

Members of the 2007 Illini football team that battled...

Students in Block I cheer during a football game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium in 2016.

New students can look forward to Illini wins in all sports

It’s safe to say some recent graduates envy the new...

Illini center fielder Zac Taylor jumps at second base as the Illini battle Indiana at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday. Illinois went on to win 5-4 and advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament where they later lost to Purdue 11-5.

Illinois falls out of Big Ten Tournament, set sights toward NCAA Tournament

The Illinois baseball team's run through the Big Ten...

Ben Troike gets a shower from the teams water cooler after hitting a walk-off shot in Illinois Friday night match-up against Indiana. The Illini won 5-4.

Illinois sends Indiana home with walk-off win

The Illinois baseball team knocked Indiana out of the...

The importance of storytelling: Sports coverage goes beyond field

“What makes sports so great?” *raises hand* Well,...

CU theaters try to gain public interest

CU theaters try to gain public interest

No bright lights. No big signs. No skyscrapers. The...

I want a walk-up song

I want it now! Pardon my channeling of my inner Veruca...

Alex Diab is this weeks chosen Illini for his skill and work ethic. His second place finish in the still rings event of the Big Ten gymnastics championship helped bring the Illini to a triumphant championship win.

Diab wins still rings title at NCAA championships

The Illini men's gymnastics team competed in the 2018...

Illinois Chandler Eggleston performs on the high bar during the Mens Big Ten Gymnastics Championships at the State Farm Center on April 7, 2017.

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes third at NCAA championships

On Saturday night in Chicago, the Illini men's gymnastics...

McFadden accepted the honor of being this years Homecoming Grand Marshall.

Illinois alumna wins fifth Boston Marathon

Illinois alumna Tatyana McFadden won her fifth Boston...

Illini losing culture: an epidemic of white noise

The temperature reads 35 degrees as the blades on my...

CU comedian discusses passion for performing

Clay Foley is 41 years old and in a mid-life crisis....

Recruits show tides are changing for Illini athletics

Isn’t it ironic? Bizarrely enough, I can’t help...

ICYMI: Illinois lands four-star forward Tevian Jones

Brad Underwood and company landed their fifth recruit...

Illinois infielder Bren Spillane hits a home run during the game against Iowa at Illinois Field on Friday. The Illini lost 8-5

Spillane stays hot in win as Illini avoid Iowa comeback

By the time the Iowa Hawkeyes put their comeback together,...

I would like to thank the academy

I would like to thank the academy

*tap* *tap* Is this thing on? Hello, my name is...

Illini football commit Marquez Beason poses during an official visit at the University. Beasons relationship with Isaiah Williams has given Illini fans hope for the successful vision Lovie Smith has for the team.

Football commit Marquez Beason becomes top recruiter

When Marquez Beason committed to Illinois on March...

Illinois lands five-star recruit Isaiah Williams

Illinois lands five-star recruit Isaiah Williams

The No. 27 recruit in the nation and No. 1 recruit...

University student and Fighting Illini wrestler Francis Edelen was killed in a supposed hit-and-run on Interstate 57 in Champaign County Wednesday night.

Car accident takes life of Fighting Illini wrestler Francis Edelen

Redshirt-sophomore wrestler Francis Edelen was killed...

Fighting Illini mens basketball land third member of 2018 recruiting class

Fighting Illini men’s basketball land third member of 2018 recruiting class

The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team has locked...

Illinois quarterback Jeff George, Jr. weaves through defenders during the game against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 24.  The Illini lost 35-24

[Video] Quarterback play continues to be Illinois’ downfall

Jeff George Jr. may have finished the game with 308...

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith adresses reporters at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

[Photo] Smith brings atypical coaching style to team

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith adresses reporters...

Senior lineman Christian DiLauro answers questions during Big Ten Media Days on July 24.

[Photo] New-look Illini offensive line preparing for action in 2017

Senior lineman Christian DiLauro answers questions...

Illinois D.J. Williams drives to the basket against Detroit at State Farm Center on Nov. 18.

Former Illinois basketball player D.J. Williams transfers to GWU

Former Illinois basketball player D.J. Williams transferred...

Former Illinois golfer Thomas Pieters lines up his putt to the first hole at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Former Illinois golfer shines in Masters debut

Illinois men's golf alum Thomas Pieters made his first...

[Video] Bid Day 2016: Campus sororities welcome new sisters home

Bid Day 2016 featured hundreds of women flooding out...

Alternative Quad Day events

Alternative Quad Day events

The 2016 school year is in full swing, and one of the...

Students listening to a lecture in a Community Health class in Lincoln Hall

Sorry, parents, academics are up to the student

Parents, remember to let your children find their own way academically through college.
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