5:53 PM EST, Wed January 16, 2019
Writing Illini 7 hours ago

Illinois Football: 3 effects of Jeff Thomas not picking the Illini

The Illinois football team received some bad news on Tuesday night in regards to the Jeff Thomas saga. Thomas’ sophomore season timeline is interesting. He started the year with the Miami Hurricanes and had some pretty good performances. He then had some off-field issues and the coaching staff didn’t like that. He was kicked off […] Illinois Football: 3 effects of Jeff Thomas not picking the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room 7 hours ago
How to Watch Illinois vs. Minnesota: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming, Radio and Odds

How to Watch Illinois vs. Minnesota: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming, Radio and Odds

We’ve got you covered with all the details for Wednesday’s game. How to Watch Illinois (4-12) vs. Minnesota (13-3) Game Time: 8 p.m. CT TV: BTN Online Streaming: BTN2Go Radio: All Illinois basketball games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS 1400) and Chicago markets (WSCR 670). The game is also broadcasted on other stations throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information. Odds: Illinois +1.5, O/U 146 Quick Hits Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coach: Brad Underwood (2nd season) 2017-2018 Record: 14-18 (4-14 Big Ten) 2018-2019 Record: 4-12 (0-5 Big...
Writing Illini 8 hours ago

Illinois Football: Illini transfer target Jeff Thomas is staying with Miami

It looks like the Illinois football team has missed out on the Jeff Thomas sweepstakes again. Late on Tuesday, Thomas posted on his Instagram account that he has decided to stick with the Miami Hurricanes and not transfer to Illinois. He thanked the University of Illinois for giving him an opportunity to accomplish his dreams, […] Illinois Football: Illini transfer target Jeff Thomas is staying with Miami - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini 8 hours ago

Illinois Football: Illini lose secondary depth with Cameron Watkins transfer

The Illinois football team lost a member of the secondary on Tuesday morning. Cameron Watkins took to Twitter to announce that he has decided to transfer out of the Illinois program after he graduates this May. He will become a graduate transfer and will be able to play immediately wherever he ends up. Watkins joined […] Illinois Football: Illini lose secondary depth with Cameron Watkins transfer - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room 8 hours ago
Illinois Men’s Gym Eyeing National Title

Illinois Men’s Gym Eyeing National Title

The No. 3 Illini cruised past UIC. This is a guest column by former Cornell Big Red gymnast Karen Braun, whose passion for and experience in the sport of gymnastics compel her to share her insights on our Fighting Illini. Enjoy! The Illinois Fighting Illini men’s gymnasts cruised past the University of Illinois-Chicago to victory in their first competition this past weekend, which market the first full week of NCAA competition for the men’s teams. Although the season just began, the Illini are off to a great start with standout athletes already making their mark. THE BASICS Unlike NCAA...
The Champaign Room Jan 15, 2019
Illinois Women’s Gymnastics is a Dark Horse Big Ten Contender

Illinois Women’s Gymnastics is a Dark Horse Big Ten Contender

The Illini defeated No. 7 Kentucky. This is a guest column by former Cornell Big Red gymnast Karen Braun, whose passion for and experience in the sport of gymnastics compel her to share her insights on our Fighting Illini. Enjoy! The Illinois Fighting Illini women’s gymnastics team narrowly lost to Oregon State on Sunday in a four-way competition held in Huff Hall, but Illinois’ defeat of No. 7 Kentucky and the Illini’s substantial improvement over the previous week’s score (by over 2 points) shows great promise for the 2019 season. In a sport where the smallest fraction of a point...
The Champaign Room Jan 15, 2019
Remember When?: 1997 Illinois 96, No. 7 Minnesota 90

Remember When?: 1997 Illinois 96, No. 7 Minnesota 90

When Minnesota won the Big Ten, Illinois upended the Gophers. As Illinois welcomes Minnesota to State Farm Center, we take a moment to remember that Tuesday night on Jan. 14, 1997, almost 22 years to the day when unranked Illinois triumphed over No. 7 Minnesota, 96-90, in Champaign. The 1996-97 Minnesota Golden Gophers team was a once-in-a-generation type of team — equivalent in some sense (at least to Minnesota fans) to the 2004-05 Illinois Fighting Illini team that reached the Final Four. 1996-97 Illinois Fighting Illini This was a transition year for Illinois. Lon Kruger was in his...
The Champaign Room Jan 15, 2019
What Needs to Happen: Minnesota

What Needs to Happen: Minnesota

Minnesota's length will cause Illini fits. It's not going to be any easier tomorrow. Illinois will get a nice boost with the Orange Krush back from break, but the Golden Gophers bring talent and toughness to the State Farm Center. This team might provide as big of a challenge as Michigan last week. They are beatable, of course, but Illinois will need to press all the right buttons to pull off the upset. Get Ayo the Ball. Right now, Ayo Dosunmu is your best player. So, what was Paul Petrino's offensive motto, "feed the studs?” Yeah, that needs to happen a lot on Wednesday. Ayo needs to...
Writing Illini Jan 15, 2019

Illinois Football: Illini a step closer to landing Reggie Love

While the Illinois football team isn’t finished with the class of 2019, they are already getting some love for 2020. Reggie Love took to Twitter on Monday night to announce that he has cut his list down to seven programs. The teams he kept on the list include Notre Dame, Kentucky, Purdue, Wisconsin, TCU, Nebraska […] Illinois Football: Illini a step closer to landing Reggie Love - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jan 14, 2019

Illinois Football: Illini land Alabama graduate transfer Richie Petitbon

It looks like the Illinois football team is getting another transfer, this time from the SEC. Matt Zenitz of AL.com posted on Monday afternoon that Alabama offensive lineman Richie Petitbon is transferring out of the Crimson Tide program and is coming to Champaign to play for the Illini. This is a massive pickup for the […] Illinois Football: Illini land Alabama graduate transfer Richie Petitbon - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jan 14, 2019

Illinois Basketball: Most productive Illini freshmen since 2000

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 15:  (Photo by Justin Casterline/) The Illinois basketball team has had some great freshmen come through the program over the years. Some of these great freshmen go on to play for the Illini and have legendary careers. Other freshmen don’t make it all four years and decide to head to […] Illinois Basketball: Most productive Illini freshmen since 2000 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Jan 14, 2019
WKYHSI Episode 36: Could we win a game? Please?

WKYHSI Episode 36: Could we win a game? Please?

A 4-12 start to basketball and rumors of Jeff Thomas returning to Miami. Yep. It’s one of those weeks. Welcome to the “We Know You Have Sand Illinois” Podcast, part of the TCR Podcast Channel. Brandon Birkhead and Matt O’Neall discuss the reports that Jeff Thomas is looking to head back to Miami instead of transferring to Illinois and the seemingly lack of any progress on the defensive coordinator search for Lovie Smith, before diving into basketball talk (~20:00) where they discuss the Illini’s loss to Michigan and Ayo Dosunmu’s NBA chances after a great stretch of play from...
Writing Illini Jan 13, 2019

Illinois Football: 3 effects of Reggie Corbin coming back to the Illini

The news of the Illinois football team getting back Reggie Corbin is huge for the program and the fans. Corbin announced via Twitter on Saturday morning that he is coming back for the 2019 season as a fifth-year player for the Illini. This was some much-needed good news for the fans of the Illini. Corbin […] Illinois Football: 3 effects of Reggie Corbin coming back to the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jan 13, 2019

Illinois Football: Reggie Corbin is coming back to the Illini

The Illinois football team received some great news on Saturday morning. This great news wasn’t a recruit committing to the program from the class of 2019, 2020 or 2021. It wasn’t another transfer coming home to help the Illini win games in the future. While it wasn’t any of the things I previously mentioned, what […] Illinois Football: Reggie Corbin is coming back to the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Jan 12, 2019
Reggie Corbin will return for senior season

Reggie Corbin will return for senior season

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. We need good news. We have good news. Illinois redshirt-junior tailback Reggie Corbin announced on Saturday via a tweet that he will pass up the NFL Draft and return for his senior season with the Illini. Year 5, Let’s get it! @IlliniFootball pic.twitter.com/yZ5r1IrRrH— Reggie Corbin (@JuicedUpReg) January 12, 2019 Shoutout to Colton Rahn for being in the photo with Corbin. You may remember Colton from #ColtonCourage last winter. Corbin coached Rahn’s flag football team in Tuscola last summer. Corbin had a humungous breakout year last season, rushing...

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