11:32 AM EST, Fri December 09, 2022
The Champaign Room 2 hours ago
Devon Witherspoon named Walter Camp First Team All-American

Devon Witherspoon named Walter Camp First Team All-American

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Chase Brown and Johnny Newton were also honored Thursday night. The annual College Football Awards were doled out Thursday night. And while Chase Brown missed out on the Doak Walker (best running back) and Devon Witherspoon was absolutely robbed of the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back), it wasn’t all bad for the Illinois duo. Brown and Witherspoon were selected as All-Americans by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, as well as defensive tackle Johnny Newton. “Spoon,” who received the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson...
Writing Illini 3 hours ago

Illinois Football: Illini betting favorites to land top transfer portal quarterback

With the transfer portal in full force, there has been plenty of talk about the next Illinois football quarterback. Who could end up filling the shoes of Tommy DeVito? That is a big question for the fanbase and the future success of the Illini. The Writing Illini published a list of Illinois’s top five transfer […] Illinois Football: Illini betting favorites to land top transfer portal quarterback - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Dec 8, 2022

Illinois Football: Bret Bielema and staff are proving to be ace recruiters

Even when the Illinois football team isn’t landing a new player, things on the recruiting front continue to improve. Coming off a successful season that saw the Illini win eight games, the program is trying to add to the positive momentum with a solid recruiting class of 2023. As of right now, according to Rivals, […] Illinois Football: Bret Bielema and staff are proving to be ace recruiters - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Dec 7, 2022
Never forget the Illini whose sacrifice created a better sport

Never forget the Illini whose sacrifice created a better sport

Nearly ten years on, we salute the architects of a better world Those young men in the header picture are heroes. That’s the 2012-13 Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball team, and they were a small part of how Illinois defeated the No. 2 Texas Longhorns in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Ten years ago, first-year Illini head coach John Groce inherited virtually the entire roster pictured above from Bruce Weber, adding forward Sam McLaurin to a squad led by senior guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. The change in coaching style invigorated the veterans...
The Champaign Room Dec 7, 2022
Will Illinois crack the AP Top 10 this season?

Will Illinois crack the AP Top 10 this season?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports It’s an easy yes or no. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NCAA. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Illinois Fighting Illini fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate. Please take our survey
Writing Illini Dec 7, 2022

Illinois Basketball: No. 17 Illini deliver MSG-like KO against No. 2 Texas

In a colossal upset, No. 17 Illinois pulled through and edged No. 2 Texas at Madison Square Garden The Illini are a new-look team, which is hard for some people to grasp. The era of Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn, Trent Frazier, and Co. is gone. The 2022-23 season has brought in some fresh faces, including […] Illinois Basketball: No. 17 Illini deliver MSG-like KO against No. 2 Texas - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Dec 7, 2022

Illinois Basketball: 5 observations from the Illini win over Texas

Wow, what a roller coaster of a win for the Illinois basketball team over the No. 2 ranked Texas Longhorns. One of the sloppiest games for the Illini turned into a big deficit late in the game. This deficit quickly dissolved, as Illinois had one of the craziest comebacks in recent memory. I would venture […] Illinois Basketball: 5 observations from the Illini win over Texas - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Dec 6, 2022

Illinois basketball: Keys for the Illini to come out victorious against Texas

The Illinois basketball team has a chance to knock off the No. 2 team in the country tonight. Do the Orange and Blue have a legitimate shot at pulling off the upset? No. 17 Illinois (6-2) takes on No. 2 Texas (6-0) in what could potentially be the toughest game of the season for the […] Illinois basketball: Keys for the Illini to come out victorious against Texas - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Dec 6, 2022
5 transfer portal questions for Illini fans to follow

5 transfer portal questions for Illini fans to follow

Photo by Michael Hickey/ As the portal opens for business, what do the Illini faithful have to look forward to? Happy Portal Day! For reasons that escape me, this is not a national holiday. But the opening of the Transfer Portal is no different than the beginning of the NBA/NFL league year and the beginning of MLB’s hot stove league. The game of telephone is beginning and the rumor and innuendo will break the speed of light in the coming days. The Fighting Illini just finished 8-4 in year two of the Bret Bielema era. The progress on the field is an obvious sell to...
The Champaign Room Dec 6, 2022
How to Watch Illinois vs. Texas: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

How to Watch Illinois vs. Texas: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports The Illini have a big opportunity at MSG. How to Watch No. 17 Illinois at No. 2 Texas Game time: 6 p.m. TV Channel: ESPN Online Streaming: SlingTV Radio: All Illinois basketball games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS-AM 1400) and Chicago (WLS-AM 890) markets. The game will also be broadcasted on other networks throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information. Odds: ILL +4, O/U 140.5 Quick Hits Illinois Fighting Illini (6-2) Head Coach: Brad Underwood Last Game: Loss to Maryland Gameday Reading:...
Writing Illini Dec 5, 2022

Illinois Basketball betting odds, predictions, and game info against Texas

Illinois basketball has a huge matchup against No. 2 Texas on Tuesday night. The No. 17 ranked Illini will take on the Longhorns in the Jimmy V Classic. This is an important matchup for both programs. Texas is looking to stay in the top three and undefeated, while Illinois is wanting to knock off another […] Illinois Basketball betting odds, predictions, and game info against Texas - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Dec 5, 2022

Illinois Basketball: Illini have a big opportunity to crash top 10 in AP Poll

There was little movement for the Illinois basketball program this week in the AP Top 25 poll. It wasn’t a terrible week for the Illini. We started things out with a throttling of Syracuse in what ended up being the final ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Orange and Blue took down the Orange, 73-44. That victory […] Illinois Basketball: Illini have a big opportunity to crash top 10 in AP Poll - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Dec 5, 2022

Illinois Football: Top 5 transfer portal quarterbacks for the Illini 1.0

  The transfer portal has officially begun, and the Illinois football team is sure to be right in the mix for some top talent. This past offseason, the Illini were able to land 2022 starting quarterback, Tommy DeVito. The former Syracuse quarterback did wonders for the Illinois offense, and that is what I want to […] Illinois Football: Top 5 transfer portal quarterbacks for the Illini 1.0 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Dec 5, 2022
PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 234 - Birthday Flex

PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 234 - Birthday Flex

Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via All I want is for the Big Ten to give Chase Brown the respect he’s earned...and maybe a trip to Tampa. On this birthday episode of Oskee Talk, we discuss Illinois’ newest addition through the transfer portal (2:10), Chase Brown getting dissed (13:12), the Big Ten landing two teams in the CFP (22:33), Coleman Hawkins’ triple-double (32:40), women’s basketball nearly shocking the nation (51:39), and Illinois’ bowl destination (58:05). We end the episode with the Illini of the Week! Make sure to subscribe wherever you get...
Writing Illini Dec 4, 2022

Illinois Football: Illini defense is loading up in the transfer portal

Illinois football still has one game left for the 2022 campaign, but we are already building out the 2023 unit. I love the current Illini coaching staff. Not only have they developed the Illinois players who were already on the roster, but we are also going to a bowl game in year two of the […] Illinois Football: Illini defense is loading up in the transfer portal - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Fighting Illini Player News

  • 1 Chase Brown

    Chase Brown

    Devon Witherspoon named Walter Camp First Team All-American

  • 1 Tommy DeVito

    Tommy DeVito

    Illinois Football: Illini betting favorites to land top transfer portal quarterback

  • 1 Devon Witherspoon

    Devon Witherspoon

    Devon Witherspoon named Walter Camp First Team All-American

  • Coleman Hawkins

    Coleman Hawkins

    PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 234 - Birthday Flex

  • Kofi Cockburn

    Kofi Cockburn

    Illinois Basketball: No. 17 Illini deliver MSG-like KO against No. 2 Texas

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