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The Champaign Room Jun 19, 2019
So You Want To Build A College Football Program...

So You Want To Build A College Football Program...

An explanation of why the Illini fail to find consistency and how they can fix this.. Whenever I talk about Illinois Football with non-Illini fans, the conversation quickly turns into to why the Illini struggle to find consistent success. How could a Big Ten university with nearly 50,000 students that is nestled equidistant between St. Louis and Chicago continually struggle to put together a consistent winner? What is Illini Football lacking? That got me thinking about what attributes lead to consistency for college football programs. What I found is that there are numerous attributes and...
Writing Illini Jun 18, 2019

Illinois Football: Illini HC Lovie Smith gets high praise from Josh McCown

We all knew that Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith was a class act. Lovie started his coaching career at the high school ranks with Big Sandy High School. He was the defensive coordinator for this high school program back in 1980. Since then, Lovie has jumped around from program to program at many different […] Illinois Football: Illini HC Lovie Smith gets high praise from Josh McCown - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 18, 2019

Illinois Football: Illini wide receiver depth chart with Josh Imatorbhebhe

One position I was worried about for the Illinois football team was the wide receivers group. Throughout the 2018 campaign, there were times I wished the Illini had some more options at wide receiver. We didn’t have the depth on the team to really compete at a high level. During spring ball, the feeling was […] Illinois Football: Illini wide receiver depth chart with Josh Imatorbhebhe - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Jun 17, 2019
Illinois adds USC transfer Josh Imatorbhebhe

Illinois adds USC transfer Josh Imatorbhebhe

The former top-200 recruit brings length, athleticism to Illini WR corps. Former USC Trojan, Josh Imatorbhebhe, has officially committed to the Fighting Illini per his Twitter account. Committed. pic.twitter.com/ymv3jANg2e— Josh Imatorbhebhe (@JoshBhebhe) June 17, 2019 A former four-star recruit and the No. 29 wide receiver in the class of 2016, Imatorbhebhe was in high demand out of North Gwinnett High School in Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver ultimately chose USC over programs including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State. Imatorbhebhe redshirted as a freshman, was...
Writing Illini Jun 17, 2019

Illinois Football: Illini land USC transfer Josh Imatorbhebhe

Just a week ago, the Illinois football team received a visit from Josh Imatorbhebhe and now the team has a new playmaker on the outside. On Monday morning, Imatorbhebhe announced on Twitter that he has officially committed to playing football for the Illini. This is a huge pickup for the Orange and Blue and one […] Illinois Football: Illini land USC transfer Josh Imatorbhebhe - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 17, 2019

Illinois Basketball: Illini could use a talented big like Michael Foster

It would be fun for the Illinois basketball team to land a top five player in a recruiting class in my lifetime. Since recruiting rankings started to become a thing, Illinois’ cap has been around the No. 20 player in the class. We have had a few big-time recruits around this mark like Dee Brown […] Illinois Basketball: Illini could use a talented big like Michael Foster - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 17, 2019

Illinois Football: Caleb Taylor would help build out Illini class of 2020

The Illinois football team may have made up some ground on a solid defensive end this weekend. Recruiting is a game that can go from hot to cold and from cold to hot really quickly. The latest team to either offer a kid or have a kid visit their program is going to jump up […] Illinois Football: Caleb Taylor would help build out Illini class of 2020 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 16, 2019

Illinois Football: 3 biggest reasons the Illini need Mookie Cooper

It isn’t every year that a player like Mookie Cooper is seriously looking at joining the Illinois football program. Over the past few years, the Illini have hit a rough patch with their football team. That has spilled over into a lack of landing the big-time recruits. But things are changing in Champaign, and Illinois […] Illinois Football: 3 biggest reasons the Illini need Mookie Cooper - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 14, 2019

Illinois Football: An early look at the Illini offense in 2020

The Illinois football team is building their program into a contender in the Big Ten whether critics like it or not. The team that Lovie Smith and the coaching staff are building will be good. They will make bowl games and it wouldn’t shock me if they eventually crack the top 25 in the next […] Illinois Football: An early look at the Illini offense in 2020 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Jun 14, 2019
Illini Football Anxiety Meter Starts Off With A Dangerous Reading Pt. 1

Illini Football Anxiety Meter Starts Off With A Dangerous Reading Pt. 1

Questions loom at quarterback, and SEC schools are stealing STL talent. Happy Friday, Fighting Illini nation. You haven’t heard from me in a while, but that doesn’t mean my head’s been free of Illinois football thoughts. In fact, it’s been so full of them that my level of anxiety regarding this upcoming football season changes depending on the day. About a month ago, I wrote a fairly measured though appropriately jaded preview and a well-reasoned case for meaningful improvement over on SB Nation’s Big Ten hub Off Tackle Empire. My thoughts on the season are far from settled,...
The Champaign Room Jun 13, 2019
TBT: What Hope Can a Past Sugar Bowl Bring?

TBT: What Hope Can a Past Sugar Bowl Bring?

Finding hope and comfort in a bowl of sucrose. Bowl games have been pretty few and far between in the recent history of Illinois Football. The last time the Illini attended bowl games in consecutive years was when the 2010 and 2011 teams made it, both qualifying with the bare minimum record of 6-6 (both would go on to win their final showdown). But stretching out before that time (and after) is a desert, far-reaching and barren, with very few bowl games breaking up the long line between sky and burnt earth. Your eyes see for miles, back to 1992 when the known desert ends. Over there’s...
Writing Illini Jun 13, 2019

Illinois Football: Greg Spann is a perfect match for the Illini

The Illinois football team has made another top list for a big-time recruit who could help the team in the future. Developing the quarterback position has been a bugaboo for the Lovie Smith era. Finding the right player to put behind center hasn’t come easy. I believe the Illini have found a great one in […] Illinois Football: Greg Spann is a perfect match for the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 12, 2019

Illinois Basketball: 5 NBA teams who need Ayo Dosunmu the most in 2020

It is fun to think about how good Ayo Dosunmu is going to be in his final season with the Illinois basketball program. Ayo was projected to be an NBA Draft pick in 2019 but decided to come back to school for one more year. This was a smart decision because I believe he can […] Illinois Basketball: 5 NBA teams who need Ayo Dosunmu the most in 2020 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 12, 2019

Illinois Basketball: Tyler Scanlon would solidify the No. 3 spot for the Illini

An interesting option has popped onto the Illinois basketball radar for the upcoming season. Illinois has been in the running for quite a few graduate transfers this offseason. Sadly, all of them have headed in different directions and we have failed to land a single one. But, with one scholarship remaining, could Tyler Scanlon be […] Illinois Basketball: Tyler Scanlon would solidify the No. 3 spot for the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 11, 2019

Illinois Football: 3 ways Quinton McCoy will help the Illini

The Illinois football team is clearly building and, on Monday, they added another member to the family. There are certain areas on the team that have worried me recently. These areas either lacked depth, talent or potentially both. Defensive tackle was one of those positions. We needed more bodies in the middle of the defensive […] Illinois Football: 3 ways Quinton McCoy will help the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Fighting Illini Player News

  • Ayo Dosunmu

    Ayo Dosunmu

    Illinois Basketball: 5 NBA teams who need Ayo Dosunmu the most in 2020

  • Jake Hansen

    Jake Hansen

    Illinois Football: Illini target Jevon Williams looking at visit this summer

  • Tymir Oliver

    Tymir Oliver

    Illinois Football: Illini target Jevon Williams looking at visit this summer

  • Tevian Jones

    Tevian Jones

    Illinois Basketball: Illini needed a player like Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk

  • Samba Kane

    Samba Kane

    Illinois adds Belgium forward Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk

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