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By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 9, 2015

The Franczek Radelet investigation of the Illinois football team is over. And everyone but Tim Beckman has been cleared.WHAT DID THE REPORT SAYOn Aug. 28, about a week after receiving the initial findings of the report, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas fired head coach Tim Beckman after the initial findings from the report indicated Beckman mistreated players ...

By Charlotte Carroll

October 9, 2015

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 and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Illinois and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 24, 2015

There was a sense of relief when Nathan Scheelhaase took a knee during the final seconds of the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Defensive lineman Craig Wilson grabbed a container of orange Gatorade and attempted to pour it over interim coach Vic Koenning — he was half successful. The...

Brown named special assistant to the athletic director

Brown named special assistant to the athletic director

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

September 9, 2015

Dee Brown was back in Champaign for the summer, and per the request of Mike Thomas, isn't leaving any time soon.The former Illini men's basketball guard has been permanently named special assistant to the athletic directory — he filled the role in a temporary basis this summer — Thomas anno...

Timeline of Beckman's tenure at Illinois

Timeline of Beckman's tenure at Illinois

By Michal Dwojak

August 31, 2015

View a timeline of Tim Beckman's career highs and lows. Compiled by Michal Dwojak; assembled by Steffie Drucker....

Athletic Director Thomas left running

Athletic Director Thomas left running

By Peter Bailey-Wells

August 29, 2015

Following Friday’s press conference about Tim Beckman’s dismissal, Mike Thomas seemed frozen in time. For a split second he looked like a painter admiring his model, Bill Cubit, at the lectern.Then he was gone.Just seconds after Cubit finished speaking, Thomas fled the upper level of Memorial Stadium, leav...

Amid chaos, Cubit ready for new job

Amid chaos, Cubit ready for new job

By Charlotte Carroll

August 28, 2015

Bill Cubit issued a rallying cry in his first press conference as interim head coach for the Illinois football team. As he spoke to the media, his words were more directed toward Illini nation and the five players standing in the room watching their new coach try to quell a whirlwind of emotions.His...

Lou Henson Court to grace renovated State Farm Center

Lou Henson Court to grace renovated State Farm Center

By Peter Bailey-Wells

August 24, 2015

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced Monday that the renovated State Farm Center will feature Henson Court, named for legendary Illini head basketball coach Lou Henson.The logo features Henson's signature, his trademark orange blazer and a pair of wings that is a reference to the 1989 Flyi...

Michelle Dasso no longer women's tennis head coach

By Daily Illini Staff Report

August 7, 2015

Illinois has declined to renew Michelle Dasso's contract and she will not be returning as the women's tennis headcoach, the University announced Wednesday. "We appreciate and thank Michelle for her nine years of service to the University of Illinois and the women’s tennis program." Athle...

Bollant speaks for the first time since allegations

Bollant speaks for the first time since allegations

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

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

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...

It's summer of uncertainty for Illini football, basketball fans

It's summer of uncertainty for Illini football, basketball fans

By Alex Roux

July 18, 2015

When you’ve been out of school since mid-May, it feels like summer is winding down by the time late July rolls around.Classes start in about a month. The first football game is a little over six weeks away, which will kick off another year of Illini sports. I’ve been trying to envision how the reve...

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