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UIUC Summer 2015 Recap

August 24, 2015

Here are the UIUC news you may have missed this summerThe written stories:Athletics:Former Illini football player attacks Beckman on TwitterFormer soccer player sues University Illini women's basketball investigation: no evidence of racism, abuse Wise:Wise resigns as chancellor, will earn $300,000 as professor in MCB Salaita:Court sides with Salaita in release of documentsS...

A reminder about Fighting Illini sports

Illinois' Mason Monheim (43) raises his helmet after the homecoming game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The Illini won 28-24.

By Peter Bailey-Wells

August 17, 2015

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...

Bollant speaks for the first time since allegations

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant instructs his team during the Illini's win over Wisconsin at Assembly Hall, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

By Masaki Sugimoto

August 5, 2015

Illinois head women's basketball coach Matt Bollant addressed the media for the first time today since allegations of racial abuse were levied at him back in May."I want our program to be a reflection of me." Illinois head coach Matt Bollant said Wednesday.In response to the allegations, The Universi...

UPDATED: Illini women's basketball investigation: no evidence of racism, abuse

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant applauds his teams performance during the Illini's 89-37 win over Mariam at Assembly Hall, on Oct. 30, 2012.

By Masaki Sugimoto

August 3, 2015

And just like that, one of the investigations into the Illinois athletic department is over.Editor's note: read the entire report here.The law firm of Pugh, Jones and Johnson has determined that the allegations of several former women's basketball players are not supported by evidence, Cha...

Illinois hires new women's basketball assistant coach

By Daily Illini Staff Report

July 27, 2015

The Illinois women's basketball team signed Jody Martinez to be an assistant coach, the University announced Monday.Martinez has spent time as a head coach in NAIA Division II, most recently with the Southeastern University Fire.“I’ve sat behind his bench and watched his team play several time...

Former employer endorses Bollant

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant applauds his team's performance during the FIghting Illini's 89 to 37 win against Mariam at Assembly Hall, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

By Masaki Sugimoto

July 26, 2015

Matt Bollant has had a rough summer. The head coach of the Illinois women’s basketball team is currently facing a $10-million-dollar lawsuit. Other named defendants include athletic director Mike Thomas and former assistant head coach Mike Divilbiss. The lawsuit comes from seven former players who claimed racial abu...

UPDATED: Former Illinois women's basketball players file suit against Matt Bollant, others

Women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant looks on as the Illini play a game against Nebraska at Jan. 12, 2014. 

By Daniel Collins

July 1, 2015

Former Illinois basketball players took the next step in their allegations against head women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, filing a suit in U.S. District Court in Urbana on Wednesday morning.Seven former players filed a lawsuit against Bollant, Athletic Director Mike Thomas, former assistant coac...

UPDATED: Illinois women’s basketball assistant coach leaves program under storm of accusations

Illinois' Mike Divilbiss, former associate head coach, offers advice to his team during the game against Ohio State at the State Farm Center on Feb. 14. The Illini won 66-55.

By Declan Harty

May 18, 2015

The Illinois football program is not the only sport at the University that is dealing with allegations of player abuse. Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s office, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Access, and Academic Human Resources were involved in an investigation into allegations of player abuse by Il...

Led by White, Illinois women’s basketball has solid season

By Joey Figueroa

May 10, 2015

By joey figueroaStaff writerHeading into the 2014-2015 season, the Illinois women’s basketball team had nowhere to go but up.Led by new veteran transfers and a five-star recruit, the Illini may have even exceeded expectations and stayed on the right track in head coach Matt Bollant’s rebuilding processmp.Illinois f...

Illinois, Nebraska familar foes in women’s Big Ten tournament

Illinois' Ivory Crawford dribbles the ball during the game against Nebraska on Jan. 12, 2014. The senior could play in the final game of her Illini career in the Big Ten tournament.

March 3, 2015

Now that the regular season is over, it’s tournament time for the Illinois women’s basketball team. While a 15-15 (6-12 Big Ten) record doesn’t put the Illini in NCAA tournament striking distance, they’ll have a chance to make some noise in the Big Ten tournament. Coming off Saturday’s home ...

Spartans visit for rematch

Illinois' Jacqui Grant goes for a free throw. Beaten in January, the Illini are looking for a rematch against Michigan State. 

By Joey Figueroa

February 25, 2015

With just two games remaining before the Big Ten tournament, the Illinois women’s basketball team (14-14, 5-11 Big Ten) will host Michigan State (13-14, 5-11) on Wednesday night. The Big Ten battle will be the first of Illinois’ final two games at State Farm Center this season. The Illini lost their f...

Illinois women’s basketball falls short at Northwestern

Illinois’ Kyley Simmons goes for a three-pointer against Minnesota at the State Farm Center on Thursday, Feb. 5.The Illini struggle on offense despite strong shooting from the arc.

February 9, 2015

In a battle between the state’s two Big Ten teams, Illinois women’s basketball came up short for the second time in just over two weeks against Northwestern. The Illini fell to the Wildcats 64-58 in Evanston, Ill., on Sunday. The Illini (12-12, 3-9 Big Ten) made the first half a competitive affa...

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