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Illinois Football: Top 8 Illini targets confidence level for 2019

The Illinois football team has had a great start to the class of 2019. Lovie Smith and the Illini coaching staff has landed some of the best recruits this program has seen in the last decade. They are building something special in Champaign but now they need more players to sign up to solidify this […] Illinois Football: Top 8 Illini targets confidence level for 2019 - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room May 26, 2018
Is the Big Ten West going to be too good for Illinois?

Is the Big Ten West going to be too good for Illinois?

The Big Ten West is quickly improving. That is bad news for the Illini. The 2010s are going to end up as a lost decade for Illinois Football. 2018 is another rebuilding season, and even if a jump is made in 2019 and Illinois finishes with an above .500 regular season, that would be the only winning season in the 2010s — bowl games don’t count, and don’t even pretend they do. When the new East and West divisions were announced in 2013, it was obvious that Illinois was put in the far weaker division. Nebraska was down, and Wisconsin was the only great program among the seven teams. It...
Writing Illini May 26, 2018

Illinois Football: Top DT Jacob Bandes gets offer from Illini

The Illinois football team tried to get into the recruitment of one of the top players in the nation on Thursday afternoon. Illinois ended up offering a scholarship to Jacob Bandes. He is a 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle from Pittsburg High School in Antioch, California. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the […] Illinois Football: Top DT Jacob Bandes gets offer from Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini May 26, 2018

Illinois Football: Illini would put stamp on state with Billingsley and McCray

The Illinois football team has a solid class of 2019 right now, but there is always room for more talented players. Illinois is currently sitting with the No. 40 class in the nation and the No. 9 class in the Big Ten. This ranking has nothing to do with the quality of player the Illini […] Illinois Football: Illini would put stamp on state with Billingsley and McCray - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room May 25, 2018
Your viewing guide to watching the 2018 NCAA Golf National Championship

Your viewing guide to watching the 2018 NCAA Golf National Championship

Illinois heads to Stillwater for their 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance For the eleventh consecutive season, the Fighting Illini Men’s Golf team will play in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s what you need to know about the stroke play portion of the event: Stroke play scoring link: http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=15139 Stroke Play Tournament schedule: Friday 5/25 - First Round Saturday 5/26 - Second Round Sunday 5/27 - Third Round *Top 15 teams advance to final round Monday 5/28 - Final Round *Top 8 teams advance to match play...
The Champaign Room May 25, 2018
Stock & Shop - Offensive Line

Stock & Shop - Offensive Line

Who’s already in Champaign? What are coaches looking for? Today we start a weekly series where we analyze what’s left position by position for Illinois Football and what needs to be recruited. This week we’ll start with the offensive line. Only a parent would know what it’s like watching a child take its first steps. Only a football aficionado, someone who gets visceral excitement watching an offensive tackle’s kick step get quicker, would glow with the anticipation of watching offensive lineman develop. At Illinois, superb run-blocking linemen were in vogue for almost a solid...
Writing Illini May 25, 2018

Illinois Basketball: Top 5 Illini players of the 2010’s decade

There have been some fun Illinois basketball players to watch in the 2010’s. While there have been three coaches in this time, there always seems to be talented players leading their Illini squad. Some of these players have been highly recruited coming out of high school. Others have come out of nowhere to shine in […] Illinois Basketball: Top 5 Illini players of the 2010’s decade - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini May 24, 2018

Illinois Football: Illini dip into Texas with offer to Nnamdi Adim-Madumere

The Illinois football team tapped back into the Texas market with one of their latest scholarship offers. On Tuesday, the Illini offered a scholarship to Nnamdi Adim-Madumere. He is a 6-foot-3, 226-pound wide receiver from Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He is rated as a three-star recruit who is the No. 468 player […] Illinois Football: Illini dip into Texas with offer to Nnamdi Adim-Madumere - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room May 24, 2018
Throwback Thursday: BP3 drops 43 as Illini take down #5 Buckeyes

Throwback Thursday: BP3 drops 43 as Illini take down #5 Buckeyes

It was probably the greatest single-game Illini performance most of us have ever seen. There are several games that will forever live in my memory as an Illini fan. Although I find myself just in my 20s, my father was a 1967 Illinois graduate, and from a young age I was raised to cheer on the Fighting Illini. In 2005, I sat with my father and watched the heartbreak that was the national title game against North Carolina. In 2007, I watched in awe as Danny Dufrene, Brian Gamble and Juice Williams took down the Buckeyes at the horseshoe. And in 2012, I saw one of the most dominant...
Writing Illini May 24, 2018

Illinois Golf: Illini set to make another run at the national title

The Illinois golf team tees off on Friday in hopes of chasing down that title that has been eluding them for years. I don’t believe the pairings have been released yet as I type this. But, the first tee time to go off is at 7 a.m. CT. The Illini play 18 holes on Friday […] Illinois Golf: Illini set to make another run at the national title - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room May 23, 2018
Illini Baseball Throwback: The Tyler Jay Conundrum

Illini Baseball Throwback: The Tyler Jay Conundrum

Bullpen or Starter? Usage issue attracts the ire of Keith Law, others Dan Hartleb has earned the benefit of the doubt. As the head coach of Illinois Baseball, Hartleb has overseen and attributed to a once moribund program flourishing in recent years. That has been directly tied to finding talent and molding them into Big Ten stars and potential pros. Such was the case with Tyler Jay in 2015. Jay, a Lemont, Illinois, native, had all the makings of a superstar pitcher and potential ace for the Fighting Illini. However, rather than utilize arguably the best pitcher on the staff in a...
Writing Illini May 23, 2018

Illinois Basketball: 5 areas of improvement for the Illini

The Illinois basketball team didn’t have the season many fans expected last year. Illinois started their 2017-2018 campaign off with a 6-0 record but quickly came back down to Earth losing their next three with two of the three being overtime losses. The team went back and forth with winning and losing the rest of […] Illinois Basketball: 5 areas of improvement for the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini May 22, 2018

Illinois Basketball: Most likely path for former Illini Leron Black

The Illinois basketball team took a big hit when Leron Black declared for the NBA Draft. Most people thought he wouldn’t sign an agent and would eventually be back in the Orange and Blue. But, this time it was for real. He decided to forgo his final season in college and wanted to test the […] Illinois Basketball: Most likely path for former Illini Leron Black - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini May 22, 2018

Illinois Football: Illini offer big-time Georgia DE Logan Cash

The Illinois football team dipped into the south with a scholarship offer to a big-time defensive end. Logan Cash was the recipient of this scholarship offer from the Illini. He is a 6-foot-3.5, 252-pound strong-side defensive end from Winder-Barrow High School in Winder, Georgia. He is rated as a three-star recruit who is the No. […] Illinois Football: Illini offer big-time Georgia DE Logan Cash - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini May 22, 2018

Illinois Football: Dominic Stampley’s hard work is paying off

The Illinois football team is bringing in a solid class of 2018 that may not be quite finished yet. Cultivating the right talent to take this program from struggling Big Ten bottom feeder to a contender for the conference title every year takes time and patience. The class of 2018 will help expedite the process […] Illinois Football: Dominic Stampley’s hard work is paying off - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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