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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.

Illini Drive: Aug. 30, 2016

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.

Jimmy Fitzgerald, out of Centennial High School in Champaign, commits to Illinois on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Fitzgerald leaves Illinois football

By Charlotte Carroll , Sports editor August 10, 2016
Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

Sports popularity ignores societal issues

By Alex Cocanig, Columnist August 9, 2016

Professional and college sports have taken American society by storm and fans have become increasingly more attentive to their teams, especially when they perform well and win their ways into playoffs...

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

Smith sets bar for present and future of Illinois football

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...

Editorial: Bring Portillo’s to Champaign

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board May 12, 2016

Photo courtesy of Jerry Zhang The front of Portillo's Hotdogs in Vernon Hills, Illinois on Sunday, May 1st, 2016.   Dear Mr. Keith Kinsey, CEO of Portillo’s, We recently learned that your...

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...

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.

Illinois football responds to Dudek’s season-ending injury

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,...

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

Lovie Smith needs your help

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...

Take a look at Illinois football’s finalized staff

By The Daily Illini Staff Report March 29, 2016

Lovie Smith  After coaching in the NFL for 19 years, Lovie Smith is making his return to college football as the new head coach at Illinois. Smith is already familiar to the state, as he was the...

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

Smith hires Ligashesky as special teams coach

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...

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...

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...

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