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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...

Student Senate committee surveying campus attitude toward new mascot

Student Senate committee surveying campus attitude toward new mascot

By Lilly Mashayek

April 3, 2016

The University may begin to look for a new mascot, depending on the findings from an exploratory committee.ejThe committee, created by the Illinois Student Senate, is not officially launching a search to create a new mascot, but simply assessing interest from students, faculty and the University community...

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...

Updates from Lovie Smith's introductory press conference

Updates from Lovie Smith's introductory press conference

By Charlotte Carroll

March 7, 2016

Read our initial story on Lovie Smith's announcement here. (2:49 p.m.) Smith said he told players at the meeting this morning to trust his plan on how we will win football games. Smith said that most people realize he was in Chicago for a while and he recruited in the Chicago area for Wisconsin. He sa...

Lovie Smith hired as Illinois football coach

Lovie Smith hired as Illinois football coach

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

March 7, 2016

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman ended speculation Monday when he announced via Twitter that Lovie Smith will be the new head coach of the Illinois football team. The news comes two days after Whitman fired former head coach Bill Cubit during Whitman's first day as the leader of the athletic de...

Illinois’ Josh Whitman sets foundation for football program

Illinois’ Josh Whitman sets foundation for football program

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

March 6, 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 athletic program clear. In his first letter to donors on the day it was announced that he would ...

Patience a virtue for Illini fans with Whitman hiring

Patience a virtue for Illini fans with Whitman hiring

By Peter Bailey-Wells

February 18, 2016

Check out Joey Gelman's radio story about new Athletic Director Josh Whitman here.Josh Whitman had his Illini anecdotes ready to go for his introductory press conference on Thursday in Champaign.Illinois' prospective athletic director reminisced about catching his breath the firs...

Illinois fans react to Illini hiring of Josh Whitman as athletic director

Illinois fans react to Illini hiring of Josh Whitman as athletic director

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

February 18, 2016

Now that Josh Whitman has officially been named the next athletic director at Illinois, the new leader of Illini athletics will have plenty on his plate. Whitman will try to repair the department’s image after investigations in football and women’s basketball, the firing of the head football co...

Meet Illinois’ new athletic director: Josh Whitman

Meet Illinois’ new athletic director: Josh Whitman

By Michal Dwojak

February 17, 2016

Now that the University of Illinois has announced that Josh Whitman will be the school’s next athletic director, it’s a good time to learn who the new leader of Illinois athletics is.Whitman’s ties to Illinois started in 1997 when he first lined up at tight end for Ron Turner. He finished his...