Illinois Rumors & News

  • Illini’s Wes Lunt cleared to play vs. Purdue

    College Football Talk "A surprise scratch from last week’s blowout loss to Nebraska, Wes Lunt is set to return to Illinois’ starting lineup this week. On the Illini’s injury report ahead of Saturday’s game against Purdue, the quarterback is listed as “cleared to play.” Presumably, that means Lunt will be under..." October 04

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Illinois LB Mike Svetina out 8-10 weeks with broken foot

    CSN Chicago "The Illini are down a linebacker after MIke Svetina had surgery on his broken foot Wednesday. Head coach Tim Beckman broke the news Thursday, saying the junior linebacker will miss the next eight to 10 weeks. "Mike had a fifth metatarsal break in the foot, had the surgery last night, it was..." August 08

  • Big Ten not keen on Friday night football

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Friday Night Lights” is not coming to the Big Ten any time soon. Social media was abuzz Thursday regarding various reports the Big Ten was looking into playing football games on Friday night. The Big Ten’s 10-year broadcast contract for regular-season games with ABC and ESPN is up in 2017...." March 01

  • Illinois starting LB/DE Houston Bates transferring closer to home "The Illinois defense lost one of its returning starters from 2013 this week, as rising senior Houston Bates has decided to transfer closer to his home of Covington, La. to finish his college career. Bates started all 12 games at the LEO position (linebacker/end option) for the Illini in 2013...." February 28

  • Illini announce home-and-home series with UConn

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois and Connecticut finalized a home-and-home football series for 2019 and 2020, the schools announced Tuesday. In their first-ever meeting, the Illini will travel to Storrs, Conn., for a Sept. 7, 2019 game. The Huskies will head to Champaign on Sept. 12, 2020. The Big Ten begins in..." February 12

  • Illini coaches optimistic about 2014 recruits, despite negative reviews

    Chicago Sun-Times "Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh has two main messages for fans of the school’s football program coming out of national signing day Wednesday. One, don’t make too much of the recruiting rankings by which men such as Golesh and, of course, Illini coach Tim Beckman are annually judged...." February 06

  • Signing day: Ranking the Big Ten

    Chicago Sun-Times "1. Ohio State The Buckeyes may have stubbed their toe in the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, but Urban Meyer hasn’t lost his recruiting touch. OSU has seven four-star players from Ohio in a 23-man class that also draws from the talent hotbeds of Florida and Texas. Locally, Meyer has..." February 06

  • Illinois having trouble attracting top in-state recruits

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois is in a chicken-and-egg quandary. Coach Tim Beckman needs strong recruits to build the struggling football program. Strong recruits generally want to play for a program that already is built, which is not the case for an Illini team coming off a 4-8 season with one Big Ten..." February 06

  • The ACL story of Illinois OL Corey Lewis brings a tear to the eye

    Chicago Sun-Times "By early last season, most Illinois football fans were familiar with Corey Lewis’ story. The hulking right tackle — having been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA — was making one last go at the college game, trying to stay upright despite having suffered three torn ACLs in his left..." January 31

  • Illini's Brown looking to take advantage of Senior Bowl stage

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown is confident he has the intangibles to make an NFL roster and contribute at the next level. “I’ll bring my work ethic above all else, man,” Brown said from this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “I’m a guy who’s smart, who’s willing to work and I’ll do the..." January 21

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