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Fitzgerald leaves Illinois football

Jimmy Fitzgerald, out of Centennial High School in Champaign, commits to Illinois on National Signing Day on Wednesday.
August 10, 2016
Illinois football head coach announced Wednesday the departure of quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald.

Spring ball marks new era for Illinois football

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...

Wes Lunt happy to be at Illinois football’s helm during bowl push

Quarterback Wes Lunt throws a pass during Saturday's game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium. Illinois lost 28-3.
November 17, 2015

On a cold, rainy Monday in November, Wes Lunt was where he usually is on a Monday afternoon: sitting in a chair in the Memorial Stadium press box. It’s part of the Illinois quarterback’s weekly...

Illinois football’s offense fails to show up in loss Ohio State

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team march down the field during the game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
November 14, 2015

Wes Lunt and the Illinois offense appeared to spark some momentum late in the Illini’s 28-3 loss to Ohio State on Saturday. The Illinois quarterback completed a 37-yard pass to freshman wide receiver...

Illinois football’s Bill Cubit will continue to serve his team after Mike Thomas departure

Coach Bill Cubit shares stern words during the game against Middle Tennessee State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26. Illinois won 27-25.
November 9, 2015

The Illinois football investigations were hanging over head coach Bill Cubit’s and the heads of the rest of the team since former player Simon Cvijanovic made allegations against former head coach...

Illinois defense falls in the shadows in Purdue win

Running bak Josh Ferguson dives for a touchdown during the game at Ross-Ade Stadium against Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 7. Illinois won 48-14.
November 9, 2015

While Illinois football’s running back Josh Ferguson was the star of his team’s 48-14 win at Purdue on Saturday, the defense made sure to do its job so that the margin would never be close. The...

Illini football gets its revenge against Purdue

Illini football gets its revenge against Purdue
November 8, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA — Bill Cubit didn’t sleep much after his team was punched in the mouth 39-0 by Penn State last week. And despite Illinois’ 48-14 stomping of Purdue on Saturday, he said...

Illinois football enters critical stretch of the season against Purdue

November 4, 2015

Illinois’ football game at Purdue on Saturday is important for many different reasons. The Illini need to win two of their four remaining games to become bowl eligible and Saturday’s game against...

Cataloguing the hurts: The many injuries of the Illinois offense

Back up quarterback Chayce Crouch leans down to check on injured lineman Zach Heath during the game against Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12.
November 3, 2015

Illinois football head coach Bill Cubit managed to remain humorous during his weekly press conference Monday after the Illini lost 39-0 to Penn State on Saturday. His offense has been depleted of...

Matchups to watch in Illinois-Penn State game

October 28, 2015

Illinois secondary vs. Penn State ReceiversThe Illini secondary had issues covering Wisconsin’s Alex Erickson in key moments last week. Another tall order is coming up against Penn State and its two...

For Cubit and Illini, grace period is over

For Cubit and Illini, grace period is over
October 28, 2015

Bill Cubit’s time has come: He bought himself some time by beating Nebraska 14-13 in Illinois’ Big Ten opener. He has survived a pair of tough losses to strong Iowa and Wisconsin teams — his...

Illinois football’s defense can’t hold up against Wisconsin’s Bart Houston

Caleb Day returns a punt during the Homecoming game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 24. Illinois lost 13-24.
October 26, 2015

The Illinois football team had finally gained momentum against Wisconsin on Saturday. Freshman running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn had scored on a 35-yard run in the third quarter and the Illini were leading...

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