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Coaching staff and teammates excited to have dual-threat quarterback leading team

Illinois backup quarterback Chayce Crouch (7) runs down the field during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 8. The Illini lost 34-31.

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

August 29, 2017

Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee acknowledged how starting quarterback Chayce Crouch will make this year’s offense look different from last year’s. McGee said that he has liked what he has seen out of Crouch in camp and that his dual-threat style will open up the playbook. “The first thing...

Illini Drive: Aug. 30, 2016

Running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn makes a run during the game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14. Illinois lost 28-3.

August 30, 2016

In the second show for Illini Drive this semester, Orri, Luke, Hunter, Jade and Cole give predictions on the Illini's chances in football and recap their summers.

Smith sets bar for present and future of Illinois football

Illinois' football headcoach Lovie Smith obverses the players running drills during the first spring practice on Friday, April 1, 2016.

By Cole Henke, Staff writer

July 26, 2016

CHICAGO — Illinois football’s head coach Lovie Smith made his Big Ten Media Day debut Tuesday morning, speaking of his team almost as a startup, with brand recognition the focal point of the offseason. “The past six months, I've had an opportunity to, of course, go across and spread our brand,...

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...

Spring ball marks new era for Illinois football

By Joey Figueroa, Staff reporter

May 8, 2016

It’s not often that spring practices overshadow the football season that precedes them. But for Illinois football this year, such was the case. The hiring of Lovie Smith as the third head football coach within two years has been the big story on campus, and the star-studded coaching staff Smith bro...

Illinois football responds to Dudek’s season-ending injury

Illinois' Mike Dudek (18) runs the ball during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Illini lost 38-27.

By Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor

April 10, 2016

In April 2015, Illinois football's wide receiver Mike Dudek tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was projected to play in October 2015. Instead, he missed the entire season. ag Now a year later, Dudek is once again sidelined with a torn ACL in the same knee and will have season ending surgery n...

Lovie era begins with Spring Ball

By Joey Figuerora

March 30, 2016

tweet: #Illini position battles and new coaching hires highlight spring ball.It’s been a head-spinning few months for the Illinois football program, and it’s finally time to strap on some helmets and hit the field. Spring practices officially kick off this Friday at Memorial Stadium and will contin...

Lovie Smith needs your help

Lovie Smith thanks the Illini Marching Band in the Illini Union on March 7.

By Kevin McCarthy

March 30, 2016

Tweet: .#Illini columnist @KevOMcCarthy was given a tall order from Lovie Smith. Now, he needs your help.Lovie Smith called upon me to do a service for him.First, allow me to provide some context. During Smith’s time in Tampa Bay in the late 90s, he helped run Tony Dungy’s cover-2 hybrid defense. It was co...

Smith hires Ligashesky as special teams coach

Lovie Smith responds to questions at the press conference on Monday, March 7, 2016.

By Cole Henke

March 16, 2016

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith added another NFL name to his coaching staff Wednesday, naming Bob Ligashesky as the special teams/tight ends coach.Ligashesky coached in the NFL for 12 seasons. His most recent NFL position was as the Houston Texans special teams coach.“Bob Ligashesky has been one ...

Lovie Smith hires two former NFL coaches as assistants

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

March 14, 2016

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith added two former NFL coaches to his coaching staff Monday.Hardy Nickerson and Andrew Hayes-Stoker were named defensive coordinator and wide recievers coach, respectively. Both coaches served under Smith during his tenure with the Chicago Bears, and Nickerson worked ...

Tate's arrest the latest Illinois athletics embarassment

Illinois' Jaylon Tate shoots a three during the game against Minnesota at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. on March 9. The Illini won 85-52.

By Kevin McCarthy

March 13, 2016

Illinois men’s basketball made headlines for all of the wrong reasons Saturday morning.Junior guard Jaylon Tate was arrested early Saturday morning on domestic battery charges. Tate becomes the third member of the team to be arrested and suspended this year. Forward Darius Paul was arrested in August for p...

Reactions from the Union crowd to Lovie Smith's hiring

Reactions from the Union crowd to Lovie Smith's hiring

By Charlotte Carroll

March 8, 2016

Lovie Smith was greeted with a sea of Illinois fans at the Union on Monday and many were excited to see the former Bears' coach back in orange and blue. Here’s what five students and fans had to say at Smith’s first public appearance as the Illinois head football coach. Sam Schwaeber, Sophom...

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