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Brown post on Illini AD might indicate 'settling'

Brown post on Illini AD might indicate 'settling'

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • Was Dee Brown firing a pre-emptive shot designed to brace “Illini Nation” for a letdown when the school’s athletics director search concludes?

Illinois suspends 2 athletes for vandalizing Jewish center

Illinois has indefinitely suspended a softball player and suspended for two games a men’s gymnast for their parts in vandalizing a campus Jewish center, the university announced Tuesday. Ruby Rivera, a sophomore shortstop from California, was given a notice to appear in court later this month....
Commentary: Illinois lacks toughness

Commentary: Illinois lacks toughness

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • Shoot better, defend better, rebound better, finish shots around the basket better.

Experienced Iowa looks like it may have postseason staying power

In a postgame handshake line with Iowa on Sunday, it struck Illinois coach John Groce that during his four-year tenure in Champaign, he has seen these Hawkeyes players grow up. The Hawkeyes start four seniors and a junior, who have all played since arriving in Iowa City. After a 77-65 victory against...
Steady Iowa dominates Illinois

Steady Iowa dominates Illinois

Hawkeyes’ seniors stay calm when Illini try to make it a game.

Illini take on No. 5 Iowa

Illinois faces its top fifth top-25 team of the season on Sunday, welcoming No. 5 Iowa to the State Farm Center. Illinois is 1-3 against ranked opponents this season, having beaten No. 20 Purdue on Jan. 10. Illinois (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) owns a two-game win streak against ranked opponents at home...
Illini brace for surging, fifth-ranked Hawkeyes

Illini brace for surging, fifth-ranked Hawkeyes

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • If judged by their play in November, the Iowa Hawkeyes would have been written off as a team headed for a disappointment.

Three out of running for Illinois athletic director post

The finalists list for an Illinois athletic director is narrowing. Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson and a search committee of campus leaders met Monday and Tuesday with candidates in Indianapolis to conduct interviews. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley, Maryland deputy athletic director Kelly Mehrtens...
Chicago Tribune Feb 5, 2016

Big Ten Network working to win over Maryland fans

Eighteen months after the University of Maryland's jump to the Big Ten, the conference's television network is trying to make Terps fans feel more at home in their sprawling new neighborhood — an Illinois-based league with deep Midwestern roots. "No one is expecting it to happen overnight," said...

Illinois coach John Groce needs momentum to turn around quickly

After Illinois throttled then-No. 20 Purdue 84-70 on Jan. 10 in Champaign, coach John Groce hoped it would be a turning point for his team. "We wanted to come out and play the Illinois way," Groce said after the game. "Moving forward, that effort we played with, that energy, that has to be the...
Illini should go all-in to get George as AD

Illini should go all-in to get George as AD

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • People in the know are tip-toeing in the shadows, trying to move with stealth silence while the University of Illinois search for a new athletics director continues.
Chicago Tribune Feb 4, 2016

QB Seth Collins to transfer to Northern Illinois from Oregon State

A day after unveiling a 2016 signing class that recruiting services ranked 11th in the Mid-American Conference, Northern Illinois added a potential key piece for its 2017 team Thursday with the transfer of dual-threat quarterback Seth Collins from Oregon State. Collins, who announced last month...

Illini's Cubit happy with 26-player class

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. • By the time he crossed the national signing day finish line Wednesday, Illini football coach Bill Cubit had spent two-and-a-half months trying to turn lemons into lemonade.

Hill helps Ilini win in 3OT at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. • For all their struggles in the Big Ten Conference this year, this was one of those games that players from Rutgers and Illinois are not going to forget.
Chicago Tribune Feb 3, 2016

Malcolm Hill scores 32 as Illinois beats Rutgers 110-101 in 3OT

Malcolm Hill scored 10 of his 32 points from the free-throw line in the third overtime and Illinois outlasted Rutgers 110-101 on Wednesday night, extending the Scarlet Knights' losing streak to 10 games. Hill also had a career-high 14 rebounds as the Illini (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) rallied after blowing...