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

All content by Peter Bailey-Wells
From left to right: Simon Cvijanovic, Tim Beckman, Mike Thomas, Bill Cubit, Josh Whitman, Lovie Smith

Watching Simon: The state of Illini football a year later

Editor’s note: Peter Bailey-Wells was The Daily Illini...

Illinois football headcoach Lovie Smith observes Illini players running drills during the first spring practice Friday.

Notes and news from Illinois football’s first spring practices

Lovie Smith began his time as Illinois football’s...

Hawkeyes next up for Illini basketball in Big Ten Tournament

The Big Ten tournament is all about turnaround...

Illinois student cheering section, Block I, claps and chants during the Homecoming game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 24. Illinois lost 13-24.

Lovie Smith can bring students back to Illinois football

My roommate, bless his heart, doesn't follow Illinois...

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman speaks at the press conference regarding the dismissal of head football coach Bill Cubit.

Josh Whitman asserts his authority at Illinois with Cubit firing

Just when we thought the dust had settled in Champaign-Urbana,...

Head coach Bill Cubit watches his seniors line up to be honored on Senior Day before the game against Northwestern at Soldier Field on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Radio Reaction: Bill Cubit FIRED as Illinois Head Football Coach

Daily Illini Sports Editor Peter Bailey-Wells and Reporter...

Pending approval from Illinois board of Trustees, Josh Whitman will be the Universitys 14th Athletic Director. Photo by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos.

UPDATED: Josh Whitman chosen as new Illinois athletic director

The day has have finally arrived. Whether it's...

Illinois Clayton Fejedelem (20) tackles Iowas Mark Weisman (45) during the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. The Illini lost 30-14.

Big Ten football defensive awards announced: No Illini on first team

Safety Clayton Fejedelem was the only Illinois...

Head coach Bill Cubit watches his team from the sidelines during the game against Northwestern at Soldier Field on Saturday. Illinois lost 24-14.

Decision to give Bill Cubit two-year extension was another Illinois mistake

Saturday’s Illinois-Northwestern game wasn’t...

Head coach Bill Cubit and the Illinois sideline celebrate after Taylor Zalewski makes the PAT that put Illinois up 14-13 over Nebraska to win the game.

Illini football gives Bill Cubit two more years as head coach

There's one fewer interim title at the University...

Defensive back Clayton Fedejelem makes a tackle on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot during Saturdays game at Memorial Stadium. Illinois lost 28-3.

Moving forward following Illinois football’s loss to Ohio State

The Illinois seniors couldn't get it done on the...

Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit yells unto the field during the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. The Illini lost 30-14.

Undefeated Buckeyes a big challenge for Illini football

Insert cliché about off-the-field problems here....

Interim head coach Bill Cubit yells into his microphone during the Homecoming game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 24. Illinois lost 13-24.

Purdue game a must-win for Illini football team with its back against the wall

The Illini football season prior to last weekend’s...

Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, right, sacks Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Abby Drey, Tribune News Service

Same old struggles haunt Cubit and Illini football against Penn State

On ESPN2 Saturday, the term “one-sided” played...

Brown vs. Williams: Mavericks’ star makes more despite pair’s Illini success

Brown vs. Williams: Mavericks’ star makes more despite pair’s Illini success

Walking around Champaign, the name Daniel Brown isn’t...

Brett Lerner in the WPGU studio during an edition of The Daily Illinis Illini Drive. Photo courtesy of Urbana Public Television.

Why The Daily Illini will miss Brett Lerner

For today's Illini Drive tribute to Brett Lerner listen...

A Homecoming challenge to Illinois students: Go watch football

A Homecoming challenge to Illinois students: Go watch football

Lots of older folks criticize Millennials for our...

Updated: Mike Thomas out as Illinois athletic director

Updated: Mike Thomas out as Illinois athletic director

After several player accusations of mistreatment, lawsuits...

The Illinois defense lines up against the Iowa offense deep in Illinois own zone during Saturdays game at Kinnick Stadium. Illinois lost 29-20.

Illini football should aspire to Iowa standard

In the waning moments of Illinois’ 29-20 loss to...

Illinois KeShawn Vaughn (5) attempts to run through Nebraskas defense during the game against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct 3, 2015. The Illini won 14-13.

The Daily Illini Football Pregame Show: Oct 9, 2015

The Daily Illini sports staff previews the conference...

Cubit, Illini football can start to defy history by beating Huskers

Cubit, Illini football can start to defy history by beating Huskers

One of the coolest lines in “The Dark Knight,”...

Illini lucky to have escaped against Middle Tennessee State

Illini lucky to have escaped against Middle Tennessee State

Memorial Stadium was loud on Saturday night when Taylor...

Illinois head football coach Bill Cubit gets fired up on the sideline during the game against Kent State at Memorial Field on Saturday, Sept. 5. Illinois won 52-3.

Illini football gets one last respite before Big Ten play

Illinois football is almost there: almost at the...

Illini Drive: September 21st, 2015

The guys react to Illinois being blown out on the road...

Big opportunity looms for Illini football

Big opportunity looms for Illini football

No disrespect to Western Illinois and Kent State,...

Takeaways from a shutout weekend

Takeaways from a shutout weekend

It’s been another week of Illinois football, and...

Real win for Illini against Leathernecks would be no injuries

Real win for Illini against Leathernecks would be no injuries

In high school, I had a football coach that always...

Illinois Wes Lunt (12) looks for an open pass during the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Illinois lost 30-14.

Enjoy opening day, and enjoy football

The fact that there’s an Illinois football game...

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. The Illini lost 30-14.

UPDATED: Beckman dismissed, Cubit to serve as interim

Tim Beckman’s days of leading the Illinois football...

Green Street offers convenient shopping spots

Green Street offers convenient shopping spots

If you’re like most college students, you don’t...

Many Illini sports rebuilding, reloading in 2015-2016

Many Illini sports rebuilding, reloading in 2015-2016

After a turbulent offseason, it will be a unique year...

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant applauds his team’s performance during the 89-37 Illini win against Marian at State Farm Center on Oct. 30, 2012. Bollant is accused of player abuse and mistreatment and Wednesday the University announced it was contracting an outside law firm to investigate the program.

UPDATED: Illinois to contract second Chicago law firm for women's basketball investigation

Following allegations of mistreatment of women's basketball...

Sporting events allow for family bonding on campus

Illinois’ calendar of athletic events is quite a...

Illinois Tim Beckman during the game against Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. The Illini won 42-34. Beckman is the target of accusations of mistreatment of former players

Former Beckman players from Illinois, Toledo, speak out about treatment

The National College Players Association urged...

Illini football reach first bowl game under Beckman

By Peter Bailey-WellsSports editorWithout Reilly O’Toole,...

Illinois Wes Lunt makes a pass during the annual football Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Orange won 44-41.

Lunt's big day might be sign of things to come for Illini football

In 2014, Wes Lunt played his best football late in...

Illini baseball set to face familiar foe SIU at home

Southern Illinois is not in the Big Ten, but is a significant...

Illini baseball set for home opener against Chicago State

For the Illinois baseball team, it’s finally time...

Oklahoma State pose challenge for Illini baseball

After two undefeated weekends to start the season,...

Hot bats, return of Duchene prime Illini baseball for Chanticleer Classic

The season is already two weeks old, but this weekend...

Wild weekend keeps Illini baseball undefeated

The Illinois baseball team accomplished something it...

Jay shines in starting debut for Illini baseball

After finishing his sophomore season with 10 saves,...

A member of the Block I yawns while attempting to create noise during the homecoming game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The Illini won 28-24.

Illini football announces 2015 ticket prices

Prices for all 2015 Illinois home football games were...

Illinois baseball 2015 season preview: position breakdown

This is the second in a series previewing the Illinois...

The Daily Illini Will Krug hits the ball during a Illini 7-3 victory over Indiana at Illinois Field on April 7, 2012. Krug is entering his final year in an Illinois uniform.

Hartleb, Illinois baseball set sights high at media day

Dan Hartleb’s voice was calm, his gaze fixed and...

NFL playoffs deserve winners

NFL playoffs deserve winners

The last team to make the playoffs with a losing record...

Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt catches a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Mallett in the first quarter of the Browns 23-7 loss to the Texans on Nov. 16. Watt has caught three touchdown this season, in addition to two defensive touchdowns.

Watt deserves NFL MVP honors

It’s terribly interesting to talk about football....

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Nov. 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colts fell to the Patriots 42-20.

Pocketing some great ones

Watching Sunday Night Football this week was really...

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron left the game with a concussion after a hit by Oakland Raiders Brandian Ross during the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns won the game 23-13. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

Forgetting things: concussions and the NFL

Bad things are always swept under the rug. I believe...

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) tips a pass attempt by Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips (10) on Jan. 1. Assistant sports editor Peter Bailey-Wells gives Clowney a D-grade. 

Mid-season NFL rookie rankings

Nine straight months of vacation and travel sounds...

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 26 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Bears 51-23.

NFL Celebrations throughout the ages

If you’re a Bears fan, you know what happened this...

Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin (left) and Jermaine Kearse are unable to catch a pass as St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis defends on a two-point conversion attempt on Sunday.

The Wild, Wild West

Anything can happen (and usually does) in sports, but...

Finally, the Cowboys are back

Finally, the Cowboys are back

Since the last time they made the playoffs in 2009,...

Manning, Brady at the head of the class

Manning, Brady at the head of the class

Almost every NFL record for passing has been broken...

Baseball plans trip to the Dominican Republic

The Illinois baseball team is heading to the Caribbean...

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks to his defense on the bench during the first half of their game with the Ravens in Baltimore on Nov. 24, 2013.

Looking back at rivalry after Jeter retires, Ryan comes up short

This weekend, sports’ greatest rivalry was put on...

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is seen taking part in team practice on Monday, June 2, 2014, at their team headquarters in Renton, Wash.

Seahawks secondary can be exposed

When All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was voted in...

Softball team introduces new assistant coach

The Illinois softball team made a high-profile addition...

Former Penn State defense lineman Devon Still tackles former Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase.  Still, who now plays on the Bengals practice squad, has a four-year-old daughter who is battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma.

During NFL’s rough week, Still inspires

Last week was a rough one for the NFL. Many members...

Illinois Farris Gosea hits the ball back during the first round of NCAA Tennis Regionals against Ball State University at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on Friday, May 9, 2014. The Illini won 4-0.

Illini tennis: 3 ranked in top 50, 2 doubles pairs ranked

NCAA/ITA All-American rankings were released this week...

Sports no longer a fantasy world

In the last year, the world celebrated the Winter...

Mayweather’s lack of a true rival hurts boxing

Mayweather’s lack of a true rival hurts boxing

Some people say it takes blood, sweat and tears to...

Pine tar use should be allowed, controlled

Pine tar use should be allowed, controlled

Editor’s note: This column is written as part of...

Kentucky Derby winner Orb is taken away after his morning bath at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, Thursday, May 16, 2013. The 138th running of the Preakness Stakes is Saturday. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/MCT)

Make sure to watch the 140th Kentucky Derby

There is no sporting event in American faster and more...

Liverpool’s record-chasing season deserves your attention

Liverpool’s record-chasing season deserves your attention

April is an exciting time in sports. Baseball is back,...

Connecticut top basketball school in country

Connecticut top basketball school in country

There are several universities across the United States...

Newly signed St. Louis Cardinals Aledmys Diaz talks to the media during practice, Monday, March 10, 2014, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Cardinals, Red Sox should shine again in 2014 season

Looking forward to baseball season is something I do...

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