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Illinois’ Josh Whitman sets foundation for football program

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman speaks at the press conference regarding the dismissal of head football coach Bill Cubit.
March 5, 2016

Tweet: Josh Whitman wastes little time putting his plan for Illinois football into place with Cubit firing Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has made his intentions for the University’s...

The ever-changing hunt: the evolution of college football recruitment

Illinois football players sing Alma Mater with the Fighting Illini following Illinois' 27-25 win over Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 26. Front and center in the photo is Gabe Megginson (72), Illinois' highest-ranked recruit last season.
February 1, 2016

John Holecek fulfilled a lifelong dream when he committed to play football at the University of Illinois in 1991. Holecek was a three-sport athlete at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights,...

Bill Cubit, Illinois football loses more players to transfer

Linebacker T.J. Neal Jr. (52) will transfer out of the Illinois football program. He is a graduate transfer who will be eligible to play in the fall 2016.
January 26, 2016

Illinois head football coach Bill Cubit's roster continues to shrink just over a week before national signing day. As first reported by The News-Gazette, linebacker T.J. Neal Jr. plans on transferring...

Illini resolutions for 2016

Illinois head coach John Groce looks down in disbelief during the game against Yale at the State Farm Center on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The Illini won 69-65.
January 18, 2016

Let me tell you a story.When I was nine years old, I rode my first-ever roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida. I’ll cut to the chase: It turned me green.As bad as the experience was for...

Wilson adds search firm to Illini AD hunt

Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson has been tasked with hiring a new athletic director and has hired executive search firm Korn Ferry to aid in that process.
December 17, 2015

Interim Illinois Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced Wednesday that the University had selected an executive search firm to assist her previously chosen search committee with hiring a new athletic director.The...

UI tasks search committee with finding new athletic director

November 24, 2015

Illinois has a search committee for a new athletic director.Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced in a press release Friday the eight people that will aid in the search for a...

Wes Lunt happy to be at Illinois football’s helm during bowl push

Quarterback Wes Lunt throws a pass during Saturday's game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium. Illinois lost 28-3.
November 17, 2015

On a cold, rainy Monday in November, Wes Lunt was where he usually is on a Monday afternoon: sitting in a chair in the Memorial Stadium press box. It’s part of the Illinois quarterback’s weekly...

Illini freshman Julian Jones suspended indefinitely

November 12, 2015

Illinois head coach Bill Cubit has suspended freshman linebacker Julian Jones indefinitely pending an investigation, according to a press release from the athletic department.The investigation is...

Takeaways from the Franczek Radelet report into the athletic department

New interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk addresses the media on November 10, 2015 at Memorial Stadium after the University announced his appointment to the position after firing Mike Thomas. Kowalczyk just officially announced his retirement, which will take effect on Aug. 31.
November 10, 2015

The University released the results of Chicago-based law firm Franczek Radelet’s lengthy investigation into the athletic department on Monday.The report explored the department’s handling of sports...

A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here

A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here
November 9, 2015

Mike Thomas was inevitably going to get fired.It was simply a matter of when, not if. Even despite Thomas’ relative innocence in relation to the abusive actions of Tim Beckman — as described in...

Illinois football’s Bill Cubit will continue to serve his team after Mike Thomas departure

Coach Bill Cubit shares stern words during the game against Middle Tennessee State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26. Illinois won 27-25.
November 9, 2015

The Illinois football investigations were hanging over head coach Bill Cubit’s and the heads of the rest of the team since former player Simon Cvijanovic made allegations against former head coach...

Illinois defense falls in the shadows in Purdue win

Running bak Josh Ferguson dives for a touchdown during the game at Ross-Ade Stadium against Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 7. Illinois won 48-14.
November 9, 2015

While Illinois football’s running back Josh Ferguson was the star of his team’s 48-14 win at Purdue on Saturday, the defense made sure to do its job so that the margin would never be close. The...

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