11:11 PM EDT, Sat April 19, 2014
Illinois Fighting Illini Rumors & News
Chicago Tribune Apr 18, 2014
Northern Illinois University men’s basketball head coach Mark Montgomery's contract has been extended two years, the school announced Friday.
Chicago Colleges Blog | ESPN Chicago Apr 18, 2014
CHICAGO -- Former Chicago high school star Aaron Simpson has signed a letter of intent to play at DePaul next season. A 5-foot-11 guard, Simpson played two years of junior college at Lincoln College after a standout career at North Chicago High School. As a high school senior, he was the state's leading scorer and finished third in the Illinois Mr. Basketball voting behind Jabari Parker of Simeon and Proviso East's Keith Carter. He averaged 26.2 points and led the Warhawks to a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament.
Illini are getting new uniforms they believe will appeal to youth market (recruits), but nothing succeeds like on-field success Illinois basketball coach John Groce captivated a small crowd Thursday at NikeTown on Michigan Avenue, telling the story of a recruit who watched the entire unveiling of his team's new uniforms online.
Chicago Colleges Blog | ESPN Chicago Apr 17, 2014
CHICAGO -- Illinois hopes Deion Sanders was right when he famously stated, "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good." The Illini unveiled their new look this week, part of a rebrand with Nike for all the school's athletic teams. I'm a fan of the white uniforms with white helmets and the sleek shield on the collar. Athletic director Mike Thomas said the new threads give Illini teams the consistent look they had lacked. Football coach Tim Beckman wants more consistency on the field this fall after back-to-back losing seasons.
Chicago Tribune Apr 16, 2014
Coach Rod Carey says Matt McIntosh, Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie all have improved this springDEKALB — Coach Rod Carey still is looking for a little more separation in the Northern Illinois quarterback competition among Matt McIntosh, Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie.
Chicago Colleges Blog | ESPN Chicago Apr 16, 2014
These days in college sports, how you look seems almost as important as how you play. Illinois has undergone a "re-branding" effort with Nike that resulted in uniform changes for several of its sports teams, including football. The official unveiling of the new uniforms is scheduled for Wednesday night, but some photos of the new gear can be found here. Marty Kaufmann, Illinois' assistant athletic director, told the News-Gazette that Nike spent 18 months working on the re-branding, which included talking to Illini coaches, players and staff.
Belleville News Democrat Apr 16, 2014
The former head of the Illini men's gymnastics team has been named to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Belleville News Democrat Apr 15, 2014
When Ohio State hosts Illinois in football this season, fans might want to bring a blanket and gloves. It will be the Buckeyes' first November night game.
The Illini are headed for prime time.
Belleville News Democrat Apr 15, 2014
Illinois says its Nov. 1 football game this fall at Ohio State will be played at night.
Chicago Colleges Blog | ESPN Chicago Apr 14, 2014
We're continuing our recaps of the plethora of spring games over the weekend, and now we turn our attention to the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Blue team dominated the Orange squad 38-7 before about 5,100 fans at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. You can find coverage of the game here, here, here and here. Star of the game: Quarterback Reilly O'Toole went 12-of-17 for 126 yards and two touchdowns. How it went down: Think Wes Lunt is preordained to be the new Illinois starting quarterback?
Belleville News Democrat Apr 12, 2014
Illinois quarterbacks Riley O'Toole and Wes Lunt led the Blue team to a 38-7 win over the Orange during the intra-squad scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois quarterbacks were in the spotlight at the spring game.
Joliet Catholic alumnus can cause matchup problems for defensesBiding his time as a freshman in 2011 while mobile quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase racked up yards and Jason Ford ranked as the elder statesman in the backfield, Josh Ferguson was an afterthought among Illinois fans.
Fighting Illini Player News
Blue defeat Orange 38-7 in Illini spring scrimmage