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

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Illini fans cheer from the stands during the Redbox Bowl at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Illinois lost to California 35-20 Monday.

Tati’s Take: Redbox was a rollercoaster

Levi Stadium sits on the same lot as Santa Clara, California’s...

Head coach Lovie Smith speaks to the media during the Redbox Bowl pregame press conference at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on Friday, Dec. 27. Photo by Jonathan Bonaguro.

Illinois defense prepares for California, Redbox match-up

Illinois football is about to play in its first bowl...

Head coaches Justin Wilcox and Lovie Smith stand next to the Redbox Bowl trophy during a press conference on Dec. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Illinois football’s underdog mentality will be an advantage in the 2019 Redbox Bowl

The Illinois football program has had a rough few years,...

An open letter to Illini football seniors

An open letter to Illini football seniors

Dear Illinois football seniors, It’s time to say...

Freshman center Kofi Cockburn shoots a free-throw at the line during Illinois game against the Citadel at the State Farm Center Nov. 20. Cockburns fourth double-double in five games helped lead the Illini past the Bulldogs 85-57 on Wednesday night. Captured at State Farm Center on 20 Nov, 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

Cockburn leads Illinois past the Citadel with fourth double-double of the season

Freshman center Kofi Cockburn secured his fourth double-double...

Illini are officially going bowling

Illini are officially going bowling

Before the game even started, I had two possible headlines...

Dont count Illinois football out of a bowl game

Don’t count Illinois football out of a bowl game

In the last few weeks, I’ve received feedback on...

Illinois shows what it had all along

Illinois shows what it had all along

Since beating Wisconsin, Illinois is a new team. No,...

The Illini Football team gather together after their victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. The Illini won 24-23.

Why we love Illinois

We don’t care that Illinois isn’t doing well right...

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed

Illini must become cohesive unit to succeed

I am not going to say this was unexpected;...

Illinois continues to preach greatness, still isn’t doing enough

Illinois continues to preach greatness, still isn’t doing enough

Each week it’s the same old story: Illinois starts...

Illini make progress, still choke from pressure against Cornhuskers

Before ESPN could even send out their game-start alert,...

Illini fans watch the game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Illinois’ game against Nebraska Saturday marks the beginning of the Big Ten regular season. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Sports columnist shares game day rituals off field

I love the ritual of game day and the preparation that...

Jake Hansen (35) tackles Willie Parker (26) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Illini experienced their first loss of the season against Eastern Michigan.

Illini fans acknowledge unrealistic expectations after devastating loss

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again...

Football is a negotiation

Have you ever bought a car or negotiated anything? At...

Illinois running back Mike Epstein runs with the football during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 13.

Play for injured players

Illinois *insert name here* was carted off the field...

Illini athletes compete in the 2018 Jock Jams competition at Foellinger Auditorium.

Jock Jams to celebrate 10th anniversary

On Monday, the varsity athletes around the Illinois...

Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili looks to shoot the ball during the game against Michigan at the State Farm Center on Thursday. The Illini lost 79-69.

Illini gear up for Badger matchup

Returning home after a devastating road loss at Iowa,...

Illinois head coach Brad Underwood argues with the referee during Illinois game against Penn State on Feb. 11. The Illini lost 74-52.

Illinois falls to Missouri in Braggin’ Rights game

The moment Mark Smith committed to Missouri, many fans...

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

Northwestern loss concludes regular season

Illinois fell to in-state rival and Big Ten West Champion...

Illinois running back Reggie Corbin (2) carries the ball down the field for a touchdown during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Illinois to face Iowa in final home game

Illinois will be welcoming Iowa to Memorial Stadium...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith calls the defensive plays during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.

Illinois drops game against Nebraska

The Illini had an opportunity to push their season...

Illinois running back Dre Brown (left) celebrates with wide receiver Ricky Smalling (right) after scoring a touchdown during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Illini won 55-31. Brown ran for a career-high 92 yards on the day and scored his first collegiate touchdown.

Brown’s time at UI is full of highlights

Dre Brown graduated high school early with his sights...

Illinois running back Dre Brown (25) celebrates with wide receiver Sam Mays (9) after scoring a touchdown during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.

Illini bounce back strong against Gophers

Illinois broke its three-game losing streak with a...

Illinois linebacker Dele Harding (9) celebrates with defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree (97) after making a tackle during the game against USF at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Illinois defense goes through changes before weekend matchup

Memorial Stadium will celebrate the University’s...

Illini defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson on the sidelines during a game. Nickerson announced his resignation from the football program Monday.

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson resigns

The Illini football program announced Monday morning...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks up at the scoreboard during the game against Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Illinois shows too little, too late

Maryland and Illinois both commented on the importance...

Freshman M.J. Rivers drops back to pass in Illinois game against No. 23 Wisconsin Saturday. The Illini lost 49-20.

Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Game notebook

A change under center M.J. Rivers relieved AJ Bush...

Illinois quarterback AJ Bush (1) gets tackled during the game against Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 8.

Bush benched, Illini lose second straight

Illinois football thought it could weather the storm,...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith talks to the referee during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Illini lost 46-7.

Illinois to work on improving defense

Illinois football travels to Camp Randall Stadium on...

Purdue quarterback David Blough passes the ball during the Illinois vs. Purdue game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Grades, notes from Illinois’ 46-7 loss to Purdue

Rivers vs. Bush In the 46-7 loss to Purdue, fans took...

Illinois quarterback AJ Bush (1) talks to Kent State defensive lineman Matt Bell (93) and wide receiver Lonkevious McFadden (83) after the game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

AJ Bush gives Illini needed boost

Illinois has had two notable running quarterbacks in...

Illinois quarterback AJ Bush (1) runs the ball during the game against Kent State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Illinois breaks Big Ten losing streak in road win

In recent years, the Illinois football program has...

Illinois defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree (97) makes a sack during the game against USF at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The Illini lost 25-19.

Illinois offense improves while defense falls short of expectations

Former Illinois linebacker Christion Abercrombie is...

Defense disintegrates in fourth-quarter play

Defense disintegrates in fourth-quarter play

The Illini defense fell apart. In the fourth quarter...

Illinois linebacker DelShawn Phillips intercepts a pass during the game against Kent State at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 1. Phillips has been a leader on defense, grabbing two interceptions this season.

Team looks to bounce back against Nittany Lions

The Illini figured out how to start strong; Now it’s...

Illinois linebacker DelShawn Phillips (3) makes a tackle during the game against USF at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Illini fall in second half at Soldier Field

With six seconds left on the clock, head coach Lovie...

Rivers brings confidence, poise to quarterback position

Rivers brings confidence, poise to quarterback position

M.J. Rivers grew up on football. From watching his...

Illinois quarterback M.J. Rivers II (8) hands the ball off to running back Reggie Corbin (2) during the game against Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Grading Illinois’ win over Western Illinois

Another game, another quarterback M.J. Rivers stepped...

Illinois running back Reggie Corbin shakes off a defender during the game against Kent State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Corbin looks to be a big part of
this year’s offense.

Illini look to continue second-half momentum into weekend matchup

After a sloppy first half, the Illini are confident...

Illinois quarterback AJ Bush (1) throws a pass during the game against Kent State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Strong second half showing helps Illini grab comeback win

After what looked like another on-brand game for the...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith talks with linebacker Dele Harding (9) before the spring scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Illinois gears up for a new beginning

Illinois begins its third Lovie Smith-led season Saturday...

Illini split first two games of Buckeyes series

Illini split first two games of Buckeyes series

As the smell of the annual Bleacher Bum Barbecue wafted...

Illinois infielder Michael Massey (6) hits a double to left center field during the game against Grand Canyon at Illinois Field on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Illini won 3-2.

Illini drop tough weekend series

Illinois baseball kicked off its three-game weekend...

Illinois catcher Jeff Korte (32) throws to second during the game against Rutgers at Illinois Field on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Illini top Rutgers in high scoring game

With one of the strongest starts that the Illini have...

Illinois outfielder Jack Yalowitz swings at the pitch during the game against Milwaukee at Illinois Field on March 14, 2018. Yalowitz was recently named the Big Ten player of the week.

Illini to face Knights over weekend

To kick off the first weekend of a nine-game homestead,...

Illinois infielder Michael Massey takes a swing at the ball in the Illinis Big Ten home opener against Iowa on March 30.

Fisher, Illinois baseball takes weekend series against Maryland

The Illinois baseball team continued in Big Ten play...

Illinois football held an open spring practice on Sunday. Community members came to watch the team run through practice drills and a scrimmage

Spring ball wrap-up

To conclude the spring season, the Illini football...

Illinois splits Maryland doubleheader

Illinois splits Maryland doubleheader

The Illinois baseball team continued in Big Ten play...

Illini tight end Bobby Walker lines up on offense against Western Kentucky University. Illinois went on to beat the Hilltoppers 20-7 for their second and last win of the 2017 season. Walker was originally a walk-on player who was later offered a scholarship in the middle of his sophomore season.

Walk-on players find their role on Illinois football team

Not all walk-on stories are Cinderella stories. The...

Spring break helped Illini football players bond

Spring break helped Illini football players bond

Spring break is often the most anticipated week of...

Illinois outfielder Jack Yalowitz waits for the pitch during the game against Milwaukee at the Illinois Field on Wednesday, March 14.

Illinois sweeps its first week of Big Ten competition

With a clear mind ready to focus, junior outfielder...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks out over the field during the game against Wisconsin on Oct. 28. The Illini lost 24-10.

Illinois football players settling into new roles

Switching positions has become quite the norm in college...

Dylan Meyer competes in the PGA TOUR

Dylan Meyer competes in the PGA TOUR

Over the weekend, Illini golf’s own Dylan Meyer took...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks out over the field during the game against Wisconsin on Oct. 28. The Illini lost 24-10.

Illinois gets commitment from grad transfer quarterback AJ Bush

Virginia Tech quarterback AJ Bush has committed...

Illinois infielder Ben Troike hits the ball during the game against Indiana State at Illinois Field on Sept. 24.

Illini baseball ends seven game win streak in weekend split

The Illinois baseball team ended a brief seven-game...

Illinois quarterback Cam Thomas throws a pass under pressure during the game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct 28. The Illini lost 10-24.

Thomas steps out of the shadows during offseason

In the wake of several postseason transfers, there...

Illinois infielder Grant Van Scoy swings at the pitch during the game against Indiana State at Illinois Field on Sept. 24.

Baseball extends winning streak to five-games in weekend sweep

Following last week's two wins, the Illinois baseball...

Illinois splits its weekend

Illinois splits its weekend

Going into the weekend, the Illinois baseball team...

Athletic director Josh Whitman speaks at a press conference in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 3, 2016.

Whitman named to SportsBusiness Forty Under 40

Director of Athletics Josh Whitman was awarded a place...

Illinois forward Michael Finke gives Illinois guard Trent Frazier a pat on the back after the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Illini won 73-71.

Letter to the basketball team

Dearest Illinois basketball team, How are you guys?...

Illinois  Aleks Vukic strikes back the ball in the meet against University of Kentucky on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana.

Men’s tennis splits the weekend

Men’s tennis split the weekend with a win on Friday...

Jon Davis became the 498th American to run a sub-four-minute mile. Davis clocked in his mile at 3:58:46 at the Illini Classic on Saturday, setting University records.

Sophomore runs sub-4 minute mile

Adding to the list of nearly 500 Americans to run a...

Rod Smith, Corey Patterson added to Illinois football staff

Rod Smith, Corey Patterson added to Illinois football staff

On Friday, Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith...

Illinois running back RaVon Bonner sweeps past defenders during the game against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 24.  The Illini lost 35-24

Time is the medicine Illinois football needs

Sitting down to write this was a bit difficult. I didn't...

Illinois Patricia George (11) carries the ball up the field during the game against Loyola at the Illinois Soccer Stadium on Saturday, April 1. The Illini won 2-1.

Illini upperclassmen leading the way for inexperienced squad

A young team with natural leaders is the best way to...

Illini fans dance during the Big Ten Tailgate before the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday October 29.

Tailgating 101: What you need to know

While the football players are busy with their pre-game...

The Illinois socer team gathers around Arianna Veland (right center) after she scored a goal at the end of the first half of the game against Missouri at Illinois Soccer Stadium on Friday, August 18. The Illini lost 3-1.

Illinois soccer kicks off its season with 1-1 weekend

Illinois soccer opened its 2017 season by hosting cross-river...

Greg Eboigbodin signs with Illinois basketball

Greg Eboigbodin signs with Illinois basketball

Illinois basketball lands another recruit in former...

Jalen Coleman-Lands granted a release from Illinois

Jalen Coleman-Lands granted a release from Illinois

Jalen Coleman-Lands has been granted a release from...

Illinois mens head basketball coach Brad Underwood gets another chance at recruiting Landers Nolley of Langston Hughes High School, who recently de-committed from Georgia.

Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Mizzou

Former Illini basketball signee Jeremiah Tilmon committed...

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Three Illinois football players were arrested this...

Illinois Cam Viney jumps a hurdle in the Illini Open meet at the Illinois Track Stadium on Wednesday, May 4.

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Illinois men's track has a young team, but to some,...

Illinois Dylan Lafond competes in the 3000 meter run during the Orange and Blue meet on February 20, 2016.

Men’s cross-country has record-breaking season

The Illinois men's cross-country team had a bit of...

Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and sportscaster Mike Tirico (right) joke at the Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon in 2006. Tirico will host the Illinois Hall of Fame Gala.

Mike Tirico to host the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Gala

The inaugural University of Illinois Athletics Hall...

Nick Hardy practices at the Demirjjan Golf Practice Facility on April 6.

Meyer leads men’s golf to tournament championship

The Illinois men's golf team traveled to Columbus,...

The Illinois womens golf team will head to Cincinnati this weekend for the Big Ten championship.

Illinois women’s golf heads to Big Ten championship

All 14 Big Ten women's golf teams will compete in a...

Nancy Fahey is the new head coach for Illini womens basketball after coaching for 31 years at Washington University in St. Louis.

Illinois women’s basketball signs Lyric Robins

Illinois women's basketball head coach Nancy Fahey...

Illinois Aleks Vukic gets ready to return the ball during the match against Wisconsin at the Atkins Tennis Center on Sunday, April 3.

Aleks Vukic earns Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week award

Tuesday afternoon Aleks Vukic was named the Big Ten...

Josh Whitman, director of athletics, introduces new Fighting Illini coach Brad Underwood on Monday, Mar 20 2017. Javon Pickett requests release from his National Letter of Intent.

Illini recruit Javon Pickett requests release

Saturday morning Illinois basketball recruit Javon...

Illinois Women’s head basketball coach Nancy Fahey retained two assistants under former head coach Matt Bollant. Fahey also brought along an assistant from her previous head coaching job at Washington University.

Fahey announces Malone, Kirkland, Cochran as assistant coaches

Illinois women’s basketball head coach, Nancy Fahey...

Illinois Aleks Vukic returns the ball in the match against University of Kentucky on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana.

Illinois men’s tennis Aleks Vukic earns weekly Big Ten honor

For the third time this season, Aleks Vukic was named...

Illinois Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Michigans Logan Massa in the 165 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Friday, January 20. Martinez won by decision and the Illini defeated the Wolverines 34-6.

Illinois spring break sports briefs

Although the Illinois men's and women's basketball...

Illinois Malcolm Hill (21) shoots a three against Valparaiso at State Farm Center on Tuesday, March 13.

Illinois men’s basketball falls to Central Florida in NIT

Six Illinois men's basketball seniors saw their Illini...

Head coach Tyra Perry talks to her team during a doubleheader March 26. Illinois’ coaches are changing the program and their methods to fit team members’ personalities, goals and skillsets.

Illinois softball coaches bring a new approach to an old dream

Two years ago, the Illinois softball team was on the...

Illinois’ Annie Fleming dives back to third during a game against Nebraska at Eichelberger Field on April 2. Fleming had a strong performance the last time the Illini played at ISU.

Illinois softball heads to Louisiana for the weekend

Coming off of last week's 3-2 tournament, the Illinois...

Illinois’ Breanna Wonderly delivers the pitch against Nebraska at Eichelberger Field on April 2 In this year’s I-75 Challenge, the senior started off the weekend pulling out a five-inning shutout against Georgia State.

Illinois softball wins three at I-75 Challenge

The Illinois softball team went 3-2 in the I-75 Challenge...

Illinois head coach Tyra Perry talks to her team during game one of the doubleheader against Nebraska at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, March 26. The Illini won game one 8-3 and game two 10-2.

Illinois softball ends rainy California weekend with 1-2 record

In a weekend characterized by rain delays, the Illinois...

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

In her four years as an Illinois softball outfielder,...

Illinois’ Nicole Evans hits a solo home run to center field at Eichelberger Field on April 2. She opened the tournament this past weekend by hitting another home run. The Illini came home from Puerto Rico with a 4-1 record.

Illinois season off to a hot start after a 4-1 opening weekend in Puerto Rico

Illinois softball senior Nicole Evans took a deep breath,...

Illini of the Week Alex Diab practices on the rings. Diab grew up practicing in his father’s gym and now has a second family among his teammates.

Illini of the Week Feb. 2: Alex Diab

When people think of male athletes, their minds tend...

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Illinois’ Bobby Baker works the still rings in the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday.

Diab leads Illini to first home meet, with many career bests

After a few rocky rotations, the No. 3 Illinois men’s...

Illinois Joey Peters prepares for the parallel bars in the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Joey Peters: The student, gymnast and TA

Joey Peters came to Illinois in 2013 as a two-year...

Illinois Alex Diab performs his routine at the meet against Michigan on March 12, 2016.

Illinois wins all seven event titles at Arizona State competition

The Illinois men's gymnastics team earned its second...

Illinois Dennis Minton performs his routine on the rings at the meet against Michigan on March 12, 2016.

Men’s gymnastics opens its season with some friendly competition

A day of light, friendly competition is the only way...

Portrait of IOTW Dylan LaFond by Mitchell Fransen.

Illini of the Week Nov. 16: Dylan Lafond

Dylan Lafond's love affair with running began in high...

Illinois Alex Gold (207), freshman, keeps pace with his opponents at the Illini Open 2014 at the Arborteum on October 25th.

Illinois men’s cross-country ends 30-year NCAA Championships drought

For the past 30 years, the Illinois men's cross-country...

Lining up before the race begins, runners Joe Crowlin, Garrett Lee, Luke Brahm, and Caleb Hummer stand ready to run as soon as the gunshot goes off. The Illini runners stayed together for the first two laps, but as the third one came, Lee pushed to second, Crowlin followed behind in third, Brahm in eighth, and Hummer rounded them out in nineteenth. The Illini Open was held at the Arboretum on October 21st, 2016.

Men’s cross-country prepares for Midwest regionals

The Illinois men's cross-country team will be looking...

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