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Crime: Arrests plagued three Illini athletics programs in 2015-16

Crime: Arrests plagued three Illini athletics programs in 2015-16

May 8, 2016

The majority of Illinois student-athletes made headlines for the right reasons in 2015-16, but six arrests stained several Illini athletic programs in the last year. Four members of the Illini men’s basketball team — one third of head coach John Groce’s allotment of scholarship players – w...

Groce addresses Paul’s dismissal for first time

Groce addresses Paul’s dismissal for first time

By Joey Figueroa

August 26, 2015

It was nothing short of a turbulent summer for Illinois athletics. While the football and women’s basketball programs handled scandals that grabbed national headlines, the men’s basketball team seemed to fall out of the spotlight following a disappointing season.But a lot can change in a few weeks.Fr...

Groce dismisses Paul after overseas arrest

By Peter Bailey-Wells

August 22, 2015

After a troubled two and a half years with the Illinois men's basketball team, junior forward Darius Paul has been dismissed, head coach John Groce announced Friday.Paul was arrested and charged with vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest in Deauville, France, during the Illini's recen...

Offseason anything but quiet for Illini men's basketball

Offseason anything but quiet for Illini men's basketball

By Alex Roux

August 17, 2015

Welcome back.If the Illini’s total meltdown at the end of last season made you want to take the summer off from all things Illinois basketball, I don’t blame you. But the start of the 2015-2016 season is just three months away, so it’s time to get caught up on all things Illini hoops.The bigge...

Darius Paul suspended indefinitely

By Daily Illini Staff Report

August 15, 2015

Darius Paul has once again been suspended from the Illinois basketball team, a statement from the athletic department said Saturday."We have specific standards for behavior for every member of our team, and when those expectations are not met, there are consequences." head coach John Groce said in the...

Opening weekend for Illinois basketball comes on the heels of signing day

Opening weekend for Illinois basketball comes on the heels of signing day

November 13, 2014

As if on cue, cold weather has arrived to remind us that basketball season is here. And yes, Illinois football has a very real chance of making a bowl game this season as winter approaches. But it’s Illini basketball that’s on everyone’s minds mid-November. I’d even go as far as to compare th...

Illini basketball signs four as signing period opens

November 13, 2014

By Nicholas Fortin Staff writer The Illinois men’s basketball team just got a whole lot deeper. The Illini, who will return 12 players next year, had four players sign national letters of intent to play for Illinois on Wednesday. Transfer Darius Paul joined high school seniors Jalen Coleman-Lands, Aaron ...

Elijah Thomas commits to Texas A&M over Illinois, others

Elijah Thomas commits to Texas A&M over Illinois, others

October 22, 2014

Elijah Thomas, the No. 29 player in the Class of 2015 according to ESPN.com, has committed to Texas A&M over Illinois and three other schools. The 6-foot-9 forward picked the Aggies over the Illini, LSU, SMU and Oklahoma State. Thomas’ recruitment had many Illini fans hopeful that he would end ...

Illinois soccer looks to rebound against Gophers

Illinois soccer looks to rebound against Gophers

October 9, 2014

The Illinois soccer team is looking to bounce back from its 2-0 loss at Northwestern as they prepare to take on Minnesota (6-6-1) at home Sunday.  The Illini (9-4-0) will relish the opportunity to play at home again after being on the road for the last three games. Illinois lost two of those three matches. ...

Illini forward Darius Paul given 1-year suspension

By Daily Illini Staff Report

May 13, 2014

Illinois forward Darius Paul has been suspended from all team-related activities for the entire 2014-15 men's basketball season, head coach John Groce announced Tuesday.   Paul, a transfer forward from Western Michigan, sat out this year, and was arrested on April 22. He is being charged with resisting...

Illinois basketball player Darius Paul arrested

By Daily Illini Staff Report

April 22, 2014

Illinois basketball player Darius Paul was arrested after a short foot chase early Tuesday. Paul, a transfer forward from Western Michigan, is being charged with resisting a police officer and underage consumption of alcohol, University Police Department Capt. Roy Acree said. Paul is due in court on ...

John Groce thinks Illinois basketball will establish identity in Year 3

John Groce thinks Illinois basketball will establish identity in Year 3

April 9, 2014

After maximizing talent in his first two years in the helm, Illinois men’s basketball head coach John Groce expects next season’s team to take a big step forward and be more like the ones he hopes to build at Illinois. Coaching with leftover talent from former head coach Bruce Weber, Groce led the Illini ...

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