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May 23, 2022
Illinois earns No. 4 seed in Big Ten tourney

Illinois earns No. 4 seed in Big Ten tourney

Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/ The Illini are headed back to the BTT. The Big Ten Tournament returns this week after a two-year absence and the Illini will be in attendance. The Illini ended the regular season with a record of 31-20 and a conference record of 17-7, tied for second-best in the Big Ten. That was good enough for the team to earn a trip to Omaha for the opportunity to be awarded an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Rolling into Omaha as the 4️⃣ seedWe will play Michigan at approx. 9 p.m. CT Wednesday night in our first round game of the...
May 22, 2022
Illinois lands wide receiver help from the transfer portal

Illinois lands wide receiver help from the transfer portal

247sports.com Jonas Morris will be aiming to close out his career on a high note. Illinois landed some more help out of the transfer portal this week, and this time it was at the wide receiver position. Jonah Morris is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver and is transferring in from the University of Northern Colorado, who plays on the FCS level. Morris has taken a unique route to arrive at Illinois. According to Rivals, he was rated 5.7, 3 star, and 43rd-best athlete in the 2016 class. Morris originally committed to Indiana University before transferring to the University of...
May 21, 2022
In-state offensive lineman TJ McMillen joins the fold

In-state offensive lineman TJ McMillen joins the fold

On3.com The 2023 recruiting train just made another stop. Center TJ McMillen is a 3-star prospect from Wheaton, Illinois, and he became the third pledge to Illinois’s 2023 class when he announced his commitment on Saturday. Staying home! #famILLy @BretBielema @Coach_BMiller @CoachKaneIllini @SFHSFBWheaton @AllenTrieu @EDGYTIM pic.twitter.com/vqBjed8zNy— TJ McMillen (@tjmcmillen44) May 21, 2022 According to his prospect profile he was recruited by offensive line coach Bart Miller and outside linebackers coach Kevin Kane. So far all of the verbal commitments...
May 19, 2022
Josh Whitman’s contract extended through 2028

Josh Whitman’s contract extended through 2028

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports Whitman is staying with the Orange and Blue. Josh Whitman is sticking around Champaign through at least June 2028, after his contract extension was approved Thursday by the University’s Board of Trustees. With the four-year extension, the 43-year-old Whitman will make more than $1 million per year by the 2023-24 academic year. According to the agenda items, he will also get $200,000 in 2024, 2026 and 2028 if he is still employed by the University. “I was pleased to submit to the Board an extension of Josh Whitman’s multiyear...
May 19, 2022
Photo Gallery: Illinois claims share of Big Ten title

Photo Gallery: Illinois claims share of Big Ten title

Jack Jungmann // TCR Let’s take a look at some never-before-seen photos. It’s the slowest time of the year for us, so why not share some of our staff photographers’ best shots! Today, it’s Jack Jungmann. Here’s a look back at the final day of the regular season this year when Illinois topped Iowa and claimed a share of the Big Ten title (thanks in part to Nebraska’s upset of Wisconsin earlier in the day).
May 18, 2022
Ayo Dosunmu named to All-Rookie Second Team

Ayo Dosunmu named to All-Rookie Second Team

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Congrats, Dos! Even if the draft experts didn’t believe it, we knew Ayo would be good. Now, the NBA believes. Ayo Dosunmu earned second team All-Rookie honors after a standout first season with the Bulls, which included averages of 8.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 77 games. He also started 40 times and shot 52 percent Fromm the field. Dosunmu received a pair of first-team votes, but most of his votes came for the second team. He also marks the third year in a row that a Bull made the All-Rookie second team, following...
May 16, 2022
Illinois Football 2022 Preseason Depth Chart

Illinois Football 2022 Preseason Depth Chart

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports We’re going position by position on the roster this summer. We’re taking a deep dive through Illinois’ roster this offseason to see where Bret Bielema’s team stacks up heading into 2022. Bookmark this page to get updates from our resident football analyst Perry McCarty throughout the summer on what the Illini look like this season.
May 16, 2022
Illinois Football 2022 Preseason Depth Chart: Quarterback

Illinois Football 2022 Preseason Depth Chart: Quarterback

Illinois Athletics Unlike 2021, there is depth under center heading into 2022. Spring practice gave Illinois fans reason for excitement. The quarterback battle was one that drew ample interest and Tommy DeVito came out of the spring as the entrenched starter. Art Sitkowski will likely be the top backup, but he may be pushed by Samari Collier. Don’t be surprised to see Bret Bielema pull in a sophomore quarterback out of the portal by the time fall arrives. He likes to have positions evened out according to yearly classification, if possible. In this series, most...
May 13, 2022
Josh Whitman expected to receive contract extension

Josh Whitman expected to receive contract extension

Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports The move is on the agenda for next week’s trustees meeting. Josh Whitman is expected to receive another contract extension next week, keeping him in Champaign through at least the 2027-28 academic year. The extension issue on the agenda for the May 19 UI Board of Trustees meeting. The move was first reported Friday morning by The News-Gazette. With the four-year extension, the 43-year-old Whitman will make more than $1 million per year by the 2023-24 academic year. According to the agenda items, he will also get $200,000 in 2024,...
May 12, 2022
Chase & Sydney Brown to throw first pitch at White Sox game May 25

Chase & Sydney Brown to throw first pitch at White Sox game May 25

Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports The twins will be at Guaranteed Rate Field for Illini night. Family representing #famILLy. Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown & defensive back Sydney Brown are scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at White Sox Illini Night on Wednesday, May 25. The Southsiders will host the Boston Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. #famILLy @whitesox @chasebrown____ and @Sydbrown___ are set to throw out the first pitch in Chicago on May 25 during #Illini Night. » https://t.co/JDIq7Y5Kih pic.twitter.com/v9cN4pn2rA— Illinois Football...
May 11, 2022
Kofi Cockburn Invited to NBA Draft Combine

Kofi Cockburn Invited to NBA Draft Combine

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Kofi’s draft stock could be on the rise. When Illinois center Kofi Cockburn declared for the NBA Draft in April, forgoing his remaining college eligibility, his prospects were bleak. The two-time All-American was barely cracking Top 100 lists. Now, it’s not impossible for a team to take a flyer on a player late in the draft, but you generally know about half the players that will be selected in any given year. Leaving approximately 30 spots open for hundreds of other draft-eligible prospects. In other words...it’s REALLY hard to...
May 10, 2022
Bret Bielema to sing 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley

Bret Bielema to sing 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Take Bret out to the ballgame. Bret Bielema will sing the seventh-inning stretch next week at Wrigley Field. Illinois’ head coach will take the mic for the second season in a row on Thursday, May 19 when the Cubs host the Diamondbacks. Bielema will be joined by news women’s basketball head coach Shuana Green. Both coaches will also attend a pregame party at Budweiser Brickhouse. According to the athletic department, a special ticket offer is available for the game. Not gonna lie, Bret’s got some decent pipes.
May 9, 2022
This Week in Illini Athletics: May 9-15, 2022

This Week in Illini Athletics: May 9-15, 2022

For several Illini sports, the postseason is finally here. Welcome to “This Week in Illini Athletics,” a weekly review of the past week of Illini sports and a preview of the week to come. BASEBALL (26-19 Overall, 12-6 Big Ten) Last Week: Illinois went a perfect 4-0 in its non-conference homestand, defeating Indiana State 6-3 on Tuesday and sweeping Miami (OH) over the weekend. Two Illini combined to shutout the RedHawks on Saturday, with sophomore Cole Kirschsieper (6-2) throwing seven strong innings and junior Ty Rybarczyk shutting the door out of the ‘pen for his third...
May 2, 2022
‘A painful decision’: Illinois ending plans to add NCAA hockey

‘A painful decision’: Illinois ending plans to add NCAA hockey

Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports Monday’s announcement comes after a five-year process. After several years of discussion, Illinois announced Monday afternoon that it has discontinued its exploratory phase of adding a men’s hockey team. Effective immediately, the athletic department said it will end its efforts to pursue hockey at the university. “This is a painful decision, made all the more difficult because of the incredible commitment shown by so many to make hockey a reality,” said athletic director Josh Whitman in a statement. As Whitman said in his...
May 2, 2022
Grading the fits for the Illini heading to the NFL

Grading the fits for the Illini heading to the NFL

Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen / USA TODAY NETWORK What’s the ceiling for everyone as a rookie? Illinois had three players get picked in this year’s NFL Draft, and another handful signed with teams as undrafted free agents. Here’s a look at what everyone’s ceiling in as a rookie in 2022. Kerby Joseph - CB - Detroit Lions The Lions got a steal, taking Kerby Joseph at the end of the third round. Joseph was a ball hawk for the Illini in 2022 and should be competing for a starting spot on the Lions roster. Joseph should be able to ease into playing time as...