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Take a look at Illinois football’s finalized staff

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

March 29, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

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 long-time coach of the Chicago Bears. During his tenure with the Bears, Smith went 81-63 and led...

Illini got beaten by the Badgers, and that's OK

Illini got beaten by the Badgers, and that's OK

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

Ke’Shawn Vaughn said the Illini beat themselves. Bill Cubit talked about injuries and lack of execution. Mike Phair said there are some good things to take away from Illinois football’s 24-13 Homecoming loss to Wisconsin, but that winning the game is ultimately the only thing he wanted to do.However y...

Illinois football’s Dawuane Smoot is a big man with big speed

Illinois football’s Dawuane Smoot is a big man with big speed

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

If a University student who didn’t know who Dawuane Smoot was saw the Illinois football defensive lineman today, they probably wouldn’t believe that he used to weigh 220 pounds and run track. Many Illinois football fans probably don’t know that Smoot competed in high school track nationals in the sho...

By Charlotte Carroll

October 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

Tim Beckman wasn't the only coach involved in player mistreatment and injury abuse with the Illinois football teamATHLETIC DIRECTOR MIKE THOMAS/ INTERIM CHANCELLOR BARBARA WILSON announced (day) that ASSISTANT COACHES NAMES HERE (HAVE) been fired. NAME was fired after the complete report from the Fr...

Illinois football’s defensive line shows up against Middle Tennessee State

Illinois football’s defensive line shows up against Middle Tennessee State

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois football co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Mike Phair expressed his feelings about the defensive line’s performance in the first three games of the season in a unique way. The coach posted signs all over the defensive line’s meeting room that had the number “one”...

Illinois football’s defense off to a hot start

Illinois football’s defense off to a hot start

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 6, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim was ready for Kent State running back Nick Holley to run the ball on the first play of the Illini’s game against the Golden Flashes on Saturday. When the junior rusher attempted to press through the scrum at the line of scrimmage, Monheim appeared out of the ...

Illinois football’s Mike Phair ready for next project

Illinois football’s Mike Phair ready for next project

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

August 26, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Mike Phair has held many roles during his football career. Illinois football’s co-defensive coordinator has helped discover college football players who could become stars in the NFL. Phair has coached Pro Bowlers and Hall of Fame defensive players and worked alongside the NFL’s brightest...

The guy: Mason Monheim and the Illini defense

The guy: Mason Monheim and the Illini defense

By Charlotte Carroll

August 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

A few weeks ago, Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim showed up with a unique look to the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.With his long hair pulled back in a bun, cowboy boots and a suit complete with a bolo tie, the accessories looked more appropriate for a rodeo rather than a hotel ballroom in the big ...