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?A win over Michigan would put a tumultuous nonconference further behind the Illini

?A win over Michigan would put a tumultuous nonconference further behind the Illini

By Alex Roux

December 30, 2015


Filed under Sports

The story of the 2015 nonconference season has been written, and it's one Illini basketball fans would like to leave in the past.They know all about the injuries that threatened to derail the season before it barely had a chance to take shape. They remember the Springfield series that everyone beside...

Our kind of thing: the Fighting Illini family

By Alexis Casati

November 15, 2015


Filed under Sports

Being a student-athlete is a tricky thing. It’s an emotional thing, it’s a mental thing and it’s a physical thing.And as surprising as this may sound, I haven’t found many outside of college sports that are able to do justice to just how amazing an experience it is.But balancing all of these feel...

Brown named special assistant to the athletic director

Brown named special assistant to the athletic director

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

Dee Brown was back in Champaign for the summer, and per the request of Mike Thomas, isn't leaving any time soon.The former Illini men's basketball guard has been permanently named special assistant to the athletic directory — he filled the role in a temporary basis this summer — Thomas anno...

Illinois fans missed out on Saturday

Illinois fans missed out on Saturday

By Peter Bailey-Wells

September 6, 2015


Filed under Sports

Rainouts are pretty lousy.Yes, Illini fans, I know you spent three hours waiting for Friday’s Illinois season opener to start. I know you endured the wind and the rain and the lightning. I know you all came out to see the Illini Friday night and didn’t get to. I was waiting there right along wit...

Lou Henson Court to grace renovated State Farm Center

Lou Henson Court to grace renovated State Farm Center

By Peter Bailey-Wells

August 24, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced Monday that the renovated State Farm Center will feature Henson Court, named for legendary Illini head basketball coach Lou Henson.The logo features Henson's signature, his trademark orange blazer and a pair of wings that is a reference to the 1989 Flyi...

Busy summer concludes for Illini baseball

By Nicholas Fortin

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois baseball team has been busy this summer.After being knocked out by Vanderbilt in Illinois’ first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance, the Illini had nine players selected in the 2015 MLB draft. Illinois’ eventful summer didn’t stop there as 18 current Illini traded in their orange an...

The guy: Mason Monheim and the Illini defense

The guy: Mason Monheim and the Illini defense

By Charlotte Carroll

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

A few weeks ago, Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim showed up with a unique look to the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.With his long hair pulled back in a bun, cowboy boots and a suit complete with a bolo tie, the accessories looked more appropriate for a rodeo rather than a hotel ballroom in the big ...

Illini men's golf moving forward after Final Four finish

Illini men's golf moving forward after Final Four finish

By Christopher Kennedy

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

After last season’s defeat in the NCAA semifinals, Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small proclaimed the team’s run “the greatest season in Illinois golf history.”Last year was a season of highlights for Illinois. It became the first Northern team to be voted the No. 1 team in the country, set ...

Illini columnist: A message for the people of Quad Day

Illini columnist: A message for the people of Quad Day

By Kevin McCarthy

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

If your Quad Day experience is anything like my Quad Day experience, the crowd of eager and electrified freshmen will soon become a mass of overwhelmed, sweat-soaked students being pushed through the midwest’s best version of a Middle-Eastern bazaar.By the end of the day, you’ll have more flyers than o...

New leadership looking to break Illinois women's tennis out of tourney drought

New leadership looking to break Illinois women's tennis out of tourney drought

By Jonathan Joffe

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois women’s tennis team will move forward under new leadership this season.Not only does it lose former All-American Melissa Kopinski — a team captain last year — to graduation, Michelle Dasso will not be retained as head coach by the University after two consecutive seasons in w...

Illinois volleyball aiming national title once again

Illinois volleyball aiming national title once again

By Daniel Dexter

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois volleyball team is determined to kick off the 2015 season with a higher tempo and tighter defense.Illinois finished third in the Big Ten last season with a 26-8 record and trip to the Sweet 16 before they were eliminated by Florida. This year, head coach Kevin Hambly’s team looks to once...

A reminder about Fighting Illini sports

A reminder about Fighting Illini sports

By Peter Bailey-Wells

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois sports are not about you. Once or twice over the summer you might have thought they were. Even if you’re an innocent fan. For example: “Why did Tracy Abrams get hurt? Why are my favorite teams’ players always getting hurt?”That’s a natural reaction. It’s the summer. Summer is a self-centered s...

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