Illinois ended their football season with a 24-14 loss to in-state rival Northwestern yesterday. At 5-7, they won’t make a bowl game, but the school re-upped the contract of head coach Bill Cubit after the loss for two more years. Illinois’ interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk was, uh, not enthused about it:
According to Bret Behrens of WCIA-TV (Champaign, Il.), Darius Paul of the Illinois men’s basketball team was arrested Friday morning in Deauville, France. The Illini are currently in Normandy in the middle of their on a preseason trip to Europe.
The Champaign-based News-Gazette is surveying Illinois football players before the season to learn fun facts about them. On Sunday, Illini defensive back Eric Finney filled out an entry. He did a really good job.
Former Illinois left tackle Simon Cvijanovic took to Twitter on Sunday to air some serious grievances with the Fighting Illini football program, specifically the treatment of players by head coach Tim Beckman:
Illinois landed Charlotte transfer Mike Thorne, and head coach John Groce is excited! Why? Because Thorne is big where it counts. Huge, in fact, and Groce just keeps talking about Thorne’s size.
The University of Illinois retired their mascot Chief Illiniwek in 2007 after facing pressure and sanctions from the NCAA, but one high school in Illinois says it plans on bringing back the mascot for its basketball game.
Washington's giving the Illini a thorough stomping, but Illinois has at least one shining moment: this fingertips catch by Geronimo Allison, upheld by replay.
Nathan Creer, the father of Illinois starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has been banned from campus for a year after being involved in a drunken fight at Saturday's game.
Former Florida and Illinois coach Ron Zook has given college coaching the old college try twice, and failed twice. Now he's in an exile of sorts in Florida. And he's working at a bank.
Illinois's ticket office sent this email blast out to its fans early this morning—view the full email online here, while it lasts—as a Valentine's Day promotion. The team beat Purdue by 20 at home last night, and so it's trying to move tickets to its next home game, against the woeful Nittany Lions. That all makes…
This is how you gain and then lose a No. 1 ranking in a span of five days. Illinois's Tyler Griffey's uncontested lay-up at the buzzer sealed a huge win over top-ranked Indiana, a game in which the Hoosiers were up 11 with 6:30 remaining.
Until today, when he was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter for an overnight accident that killed his friend and longtime teammate Jerry Brown, all outward appearances in the press were that Josh Brent was maturing into a solid NFL pro. That after jeopardizing his career with a misdemeanor DUI charge…
Our weekly college football shame index.
Either that referee really didn't want to seem like he had a conflict of interest by high-fiving a player from one of the teams, or he's a germaphobe. Considering it's probably the former, we now know every ref's kryptonite—run after them with your hand up and they'll walk over their own mother to get away from you.…
Over the weekend, one long-running college basketball feud came to a quiet and friendly conclusion: Jimmy Collins, a former Illinois assistant, finally received an apology from Bruce Pearl, the disgraced former Tennessee coach. As an Iowa assistant in 1989, Pearl had accused Collins of offering money and a Chevy…
This is how Tim Beckman hopes to rid the Illini program of the taste left by Ron Zook's seven seasons in charge:
The first time I met Jimmy Collins was in 2004. I was working on a profile of UW-Milwaukee's ascendant basketball coach Bruce Pearl and had come to Chicago to get the other side of the story. Collins was coaching at the University of Illinois-Chicago, but by that point he was much better known as Pearl's foil, a sort…
None of these gentlemen are actually members of the North Texas Mean Green. They are, from left to right, current and former Illinois players Warren Carter, Jack Ingram, Rich McBride, Demetri McCamey, and Jamar Smith. We'd say it was a glitch or an honest mistake, but those five players have never been on a team…
No. 17 Illinois got off to a slow start against Oakland tonight. They were down 15-6 in the first half when players complained to a ref that the game ball felt light. That's because it was a women's regulation basketball.