Illinois Rumors & News

  • Teko Powell transferring from Illinois, cites program instability as reason for departure

    The Champaign Room "Fighting Illini football's depth chart has taken another hit. On Wednesday, defensive lineman Teko Powell informed The News-Gazette of his intent to transfer from the program after four years in Champaign. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound junior was forced to miss 22 games over the past two years --..." June 23

  • Illinois defensive lineman Jarrod Clements not facing suspension after arrest

    The Champaign Room "Illinois defensive lineman Jarrod "Chunky" Clements has pleaded not guilty to a count of misdemeanor battery; the charge stems from a fight that took place during a party on March 4. Lovie Smith has already announced that the 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior will not be facing a suspension from the..." June 14

  • Cal's Hardy Nickerson transferring to Illinois to play for father

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal's football team lost a key defensive player Thursday when senior linebacker Hardy Nickerson announced he will graduate this summer and transfer to Illinois to play for his father, the Illini's new defensive coordinator. Nickerson, who led the team in tackles last season, said the decision..." April 22

  • Illinois RB Dre Brown to miss second straight season

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Illinois running back Dre Brown will miss his second straight season. The redshirt freshman announced Tuesday night that he suffered a torn ACL during practice on Monday and will miss the 2016 season. Brown missed all of 2015 after tearing the ACL in his right knee last spring and indicated in..." April 20

  • Illinois reaches settlement with former coach Tim Beckman

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Nearly eight months after Illinois fired head coach Tim Beckman following an investigation into his treatment of players, the two sides have reached a settlement. The school announced Tuesday that Beckman, who was fired in August, will “receive a one-time payment of $250,000,” which will be..." April 13

  • Illini receiver Mike Dudek tears ACL again, out for second straight season

    CSN Chicago "Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek will miss the entirety of the upcoming season after tearing his ACL during spring practice. For the second straight season, Dudek's would-be sophomore season has been wiped out in the spring. He tore the same ACL he did last season — in his right knee — again..." April 09

  • Illinois names Thad Ward running backs coach

    College Football Talk "Twelve days after his first day on the job, Lovie Smith has checked one major box on his to-do list. The Illini have announced Thad Ward as the club’s new running backs coach, completing Smith’s initial coaching staff. “Thad Ward will bring a new level of energy to our program,” Smith said in a..." March 21

  • Hardy Nickerson quits 49ers to join Lovie Smith at Illinois

    Pro Football Talk "Six weeks after Hardy Nickerson accepted a linebackers coach position with the 49ers, he’s leaving. Nickerson has quit the 49ers to become defensive coordinator at Illinois, where he’ll be the right-hand man to new head coach Lovie Smith. Nickerson previously coached on Smith’s staff on both..." March 14

  • Report: Former Bucs LB Hardy Nickerson to be Illini defensive coordinator

    CSN Chicago "Hardy Nickerson made five Pro Bowls as a linebacker. Now it seems he'll be bringing that expertise to the Fighting Illini defense. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported Wednesday that Nickerson will join Lovie Smith's staff as Illinois' new defensive coordinator." March 09

  • Illinois hires Lovie Smith as next football coach

    Chicago Tribune "A Twitter photo can say it all. Illinois has selected former Bears coach Lovie Smith as its next football coach after athletic director Josh Whitman posted two photos on Monday morning with Smith at Memorial Stadium. Smith agreed to a six-year deal with payments of $2 million annually for..." March 07

  • Lovie Smith expected to become Illinois head football coach

    Fox Sports "On the heels of new Illinois AD Josh Whitman firing head coach Bill Cubit, one-time Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is expected to become the next Illini head coach, a source told FOX Sports Saturday. The Saturday firing of Cubit and his son Ryan, the offensive coordinator was made on..." March 06

  • Illinois fires head football coach Bill Cubit

    Chicago Tribune "In less than a month on the job, Illinois athletic director made a significant move Saturday by announcing the firing of football coach Bill Cubit. Whitman, a former Illini football player, said the decision was based on “providing stability,” according to a news release." March 05

  • Auburn DE Gimel President transfers to Illinois

    Today's U "Illinois head football coach Bill Cubit announced Tuesday that the program has added Auburn graduate defensive end Gimel President. As a graduate transfer, President will be eligible to play immediately for the Illini next fall. Illinois issued a release Tuesday (per FightingIllini.com)..." March 03

  • Former Auburn defensive end Gimel President transferring to Illinois

    Alabama "Former Auburn defensive end Gimel President has decided where he'll finish his college career. President, who earlier this month announced his plans to transfer from Auburn after graduating in May, is headed to Illinois, according to multiple reports. He will be eligible to play..." February 25

  • Former Illinois linebacker announces transfer to Auburn

    Saturday Tradition "Three weeks ago, Illinois linebacker T.J. Neal announced that he was transferring for his final year of eligibility. At the time, Neal told Illini coach Bill Cubit that he wanted to play closer to home. Well, it didn’t exactly work out that way. Neal will play his final season at Auburn,..." February 16

  • Report: Linebacker T.J. Neal latest to transfer away from Illini

    The News-Gazette "Illinois starting linebacker T.J. Neal will skip his final year of eligibility with the Illini and transfer to another school, coach Bill Cubit said Tuesday. “He’s graduating and he was talking about playing closer to home,” Cubit said. “That’s what he’s going to do. He’s a good kid and I..." January 26

  • Illinois Announces 10-Year Contract Extension with Nike

    Bleacher Report "According to an official press release, the Fighting Illini and Nike have worked together for the past 20 years, and their new deal ensures 21 varsity sports teams will be decked out in Nike apparel through the 2025-26 academic year. Per the release, Illinois interim director of athletics Paul..." January 19

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