The Daily Illini

UI’s historical football legacy among the best

The Illinois football team will play its season opener against Kent State on September 4, a Friday night. The Illini are trying new methods to increase attendance.
Illinois played under the lights against Arizona State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The Illini won 17-14.

July 26, 2014

Football as we know it was invented at the University of Illinois, though you may not know it if you went to Memorial Stadium on Game Day. In 1913, Robert Zuppke took over as head coach of the Illinois football team. When he left in 1941 — 28 years and four national championships later — the game...