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Writing Illini Jul 3, 2022

Illinois Basketball: Illini coaching staff pushing hard for the future

The Illinois basketball coaching staff has assembled the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for the class of 2024, however, their recent offers show they are still prioritizing the future. Illini head coach Brad Underwood and staff hit the recruiting trail hard this week – extending multiple offers to young talented recruits who could […] Illinois Basketball: Illini coaching staff pushing hard for the future - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Jul 2, 2022
RESULTS: Illinois Reacts Survey

RESULTS: Illinois Reacts Survey

Photo by Kirk Irwin/ How’d you answer our questions? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NCAA. Each week we ask questions of the most plugged-in Illinois Fighting Illini fans and fans across the country. We started off last month with an easy question: How far will Illinois Basketball go in 2023? Y’all have HIGH hopes! What about the next player to have his jersey hanging in SFC? According to you, it won’t be Coleman Hawkins. So you think Ty Rodgers will be really, really good, but Skyy Clark is the freshman...
The Champaign Room Jul 2, 2022
Illini Athletics 2022: Half-Year-In-Review

Illini Athletics 2022: Half-Year-In-Review

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports It’s been an eventful year. And there’s still six months to go. Previously, I’ve waited to review the year of Illinois Fighting Illini sports until year’s end. But with so much activity and so many notable events, I sifted through the archives so you don’t have to! Here are some of the Illini’s most memorable moments of 2022 (so far). Away we go... Jan. 4: Men’s basketball returned from a two-week COVID pause in a big way, blowing out the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 76-53, in Minneapolis. Kofi Cockburn dominated the Gophers...
Writing Illini Jul 2, 2022

The Big Ten has 16 teams, so what does this mean for the Illinois Fighting Illini?

USC and UCLA will move to the Big Ten beginning in 2024, so what does this mean for the Illinois Fighting Illini? Let me start off by saying that I did not see this coming. Thursday evening, Big Ten and PAC-12 presidents and athletic directors met to confirm the transition of two of the most […] The Big Ten has 16 teams, so what does this mean for the Illinois Fighting Illini? - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 30, 2022

Illinois Basketball: Illini trying to get a Gill back in Champaign

Illinois basketball started to target a legacy recruit on Monday of this week. The Illini teams of the 1980s were special to a large chunk of the fanbase. Illinois would only miss one NCAA tournament during that decade, and a trip to the Final Four would happen in 1989. Dubbed the Flyin’ Illini, the 1989 […] Illinois Basketball: Illini trying to get a Gill back in Champaign - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 30, 2022

Illinois Basketball: Illini looking for wing help with offer to Dwayne Pierce

Illinois basketball hit the New York area hard with recruiting the last couple of weeks. The Illini are looking to bolster their class of 2024 with another talented player. With two commitments on the board already, there are plenty of options for Brad Underwood and Co. Dwayne Pierce is one of those options. Back on […] Illinois Basketball: Illini looking for wing help with offer to Dwayne Pierce - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 30, 2022

Illinois Basketball: East coast a priority with latest Illini offer

2024 has been a focus recently for the Illinois basketball program as they try to build around two big pieces. The Illini have already secured commitments from top 50 recruit in Morez Johnson, and a talented point guard in ZZ Clark who should take over the reins after his brother, Skyy, leaves the program. Brad […] Illinois Basketball: East coast a priority with latest Illini offer - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 30, 2022

Illinois Basketball: Illini legend Kofi Cockburn wins Dike Eddleman award

Illinois basketball legend Kofi Cockburn earned the Male Athlete of the Year Award from the Illinois athletic department. Cockburn can now add another accolade to close out his Illini career. Tuesday afternoon, it was revealed that Cockburn, Illinois’ three-year center and NBA hopeful with the Utah Jazz, earned the Dike Eddleman Award as the school’s best […] Illinois Basketball: Illini legend Kofi Cockburn wins Dike Eddleman award - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 30, 2022

Illinois Basketball: Both Illini commits listed in updated Rivals Top 125 for 2024

There has been an update to the Illinois basketball commits from the class of 2024. We are edging closer and closer to the class of 2024 being the main focus for the Illini. While there are still some kids left to commit for 2022, and the class of 2023 is still not closed up by […] Illinois Basketball: Both Illini commits listed in updated Rivals Top 125 for 2024 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Jun 30, 2022
Throwback Thursday: Miracle in East Lansing

Throwback Thursday: Miracle in East Lansing

Nate Hobbs (8) Stanley Green (7) and Caleb Griffin (11) celebrate the aftermath of their heroic win with Illinois fans at Spartan Stadium. | Brad Repplinger A look back at the greatest comeback in Illinois football history. The day is Nov. 9, 2019. Only three weeks after James McCourt’s game-winning FG over undefeated No. 6 Wisconsin, the Illini were winners of 3 in a row, notching victories over Purdue and Rutgers (respectively) in the ensuing two weeks. The location is East Lansing, Michigan. The Illinois Fighting Illini (5-4) were looking to do something that an...
Writing Illini Jun 30, 2022

Illinois Football: Illini now targeting superstar 2024 quarterback

The Illinois football program is targeting one of the best quarterbacks in the class of 2024. In Bret Bielema’s first recruiting class, the Illini were able to land quarterback Donovan Leary. I believe Leary is going to be the future of the program but having depth is crucial. Many past program failures were due to […] Illinois Football: Illini now targeting superstar 2024 quarterback - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Jun 29, 2022

Illinois Basketball: Illini a step closer to adding to the class of 2023

While the class of 2023 hasn’t exactly started hot for the Illinois basketball program, things might start picking up. The Illini have done a great job securing one of the top classes for 2022. Brad Underwood and his coaching staff secured five commitments and have a national ranking of No. 9 in the country. You […] Illinois Basketball: Illini a step closer to adding to the class of 2023 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Jun 29, 2022
Kofi Cockburn named Illinois Male Athlete of the Year

Kofi Cockburn named Illinois Male Athlete of the Year

Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier / USA TODAY NETWORK The finishing touch on Kofi’s Illini career. Former Illinois center Kofi Cockburn was voted as the Dike Eddleman Male Athlete of the Year, per a release from the Division of Intercollegiate of Athletics (DIA) on Tuesday night. Cockburn helped lead the Fighting Illini to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and the program’s first regular-season Big Ten championship since 2005. Kofi finished the 2021-22 season with 585 points, 296 rebounds, and 59.3 % field goal shooting. He set the all-time program...
The Champaign Room Jun 28, 2022
‘A special place in my heart’: Illinois legend Justin Spring heading to Alabama

‘A special place in my heart’: Illinois legend Justin Spring heading to Alabama

Team USA The gym coach is joining the Crimson Tide. Illinois legend Justin Spring is moving on. The Fighting Illini men’s gymnastics coach has taken an assistant coaching job with Alabama’s women’s gymnastics program. Spring joins Alabama’s new head coach Ashley Johnston. She served as assistant at Illinois under Nadalie Walsh in 2018. Thank you, Coach Spring, for 12 amazing seasons as our head coach! We wish you the best of luck with Alabama Women's Gymnastics! You will always be an #Illini ️ https://t.co/B165QTMz2Y pic.twitter.com/aUprdB3Zr8—...
Writing Illini Jun 28, 2022

Illinois Football: Illini extend offer to 2025’s Sael Reyes

Illinois football is looking toward future classes, as the program extended an offer to 2025’s Sael Reyes out of East St. Louis. The Illini have been hard at work the last several weeks in recruiting, as they have landed multiple recruits and have now offered a scholarship to Sael Reyes. Reyes is currently a 6-foot-1, […] Illinois Football: Illini extend offer to 2025’s Sael Reyes - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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