Illinois Rumors & News

  • Illinois' leading receiver suffers torn ACL in practice "Illinois' leading receiver, Mike Dudek, suffered a torn ACL during practice on Wednesday morning. “This is very disappointing for Mikey, his family and our football program,” said Illinois coach Tim Beckman in a release. “He'll have the knee surgically repaired as soon as possible and the..." April 08

  • Ex-Illini QB Aaron Bailey bound for Northern Iowa

    Chicago Tribune "Former Illinois quarterback Aaron Bailey has found a new home. Bailey, a graduate of Bolingbrook High School, will play at Northern Iowa next season, his stepfather Oliver Carter confirmed to the Tribune. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining. At Northern Iowa, a Division I-AA program,..." March 12

  • Illinois names ex-Bucs, Bears assistant Mike Phair as co-DC "Illinois coach Tim Beckman announced the addition of Mike Phair, a longtime NFL defensive assistant, as the team's new co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. "I am extremely pleased to add someone of Coach Phair's caliber to our coaching staff," Beckman said. "He is established as..." February 13

  • Illinois, Northwestern agree to 3-year deal to play at Soldier Field

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Illinois and Northwestern will play at Soldier Field in 2015, 2017 and 2019 with the Illini giving up three home games to do so. The 2015 game will be played Nov. 28, Illinois athletics director Mike Thomas said in a release on Monday. The later games will also be played on Thanksgiving..." February 09

  • Illinois QB Aaron Bailey to transfer

    The News-Gazette "Tim Beckman said in mid-January he would give Aaron Bailey every opportunity to play quarterback at Illinois. Turns out, Bailey won’t. At least not with the Illini. Multiple sources close to the Illinois football program on Thursday morning confirmed Bailey is planning to transfer from..." February 06

  • Pearl-Cohn's Vaughn chooses Illinois

    Tennessean "Ke'Shawn Vaughn came to the conclusion on Tuesday night, but the standout Pearl-Cohn football player waited until the morning to reveal his long-awaited decision. Vaughn, a two-time All-Midstate selection and 2014 Class AA Mr. Football Back of the Year, signed a letter of intent to play college..." February 04

  • MU's Kuligowski headed to Illinois?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A month after getting passed over for Missouri’s defensive coordinator position, defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski could be leaving the staff. Kuligowski has been offered and is expected to accept the co-coordinator job and defensive line coaching duties at Illinois, as reported Sunday by..." January 26

  • 2014 Illini signee Matt Domer ends up at Bowling Green

    College Football Talk "Seven months after being denied entry at a Big Ten school, Matt Domer has moved on to the MAC. Earlier this week, Bowling Green announced that Domer as been added to the football program’s roster. Domer began spring semester classes this week. He will be eligible to play immediately in 2014,..." January 15

  • 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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