Illinois Rumors & News

  • 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" 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

  • Report: Illinois exploring 2-year extension with interim coach Bill Cubit

    The Score "Illinois is exploring a two-year contract extension with interim head coach Bill Cubit, according to Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. Illinois interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk told WSKJ-FM on Wednesday that Cubit's fate would be determined by Sunday. "In my mind, we need to make..." November 26

  • Illinois football: Graphic Details In Alleged Sexual Assault

    TMZ "The girl who claims she was sexually assaulted by a University of Illinois football player told police she tried to fight back when he violated her with his hands ... but he was too strong. It's all detailed in the police report obtained by TMZ Sports in which the unnamed accuser claims..." November 14

  • Illinois indefinitely suspends freshman linebacker Julian Jones

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois has indefinitely suspended freshman linebacker Julian Jones, the school announced Wednesday night. A news release said Jones allegedly committed a crime in his home state of Georgia during the team's open date." November 12

  • Disturbing details of Tim Beckman’s handling of injuries at Illinois released in report

    College Football Talk "Former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman was bad at his job, but now we have more of an idea of just how clueless and irresponsible he was as well. The details of a thorough investigation into the injury management within the Illinois football program under Beckman were released Monday morning by..." November 10

  • Illinois fires athletic director after athlete allegations

    ESPN "Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas prior to releasing the final report of its investigation into mistreatment of football and women's basketball players. The report on Monday singled out former Illinois football coach Tim Beckman, who was fired in late August, for interfering..." November 09

  • Illini RB Josh Ferguson 'probable' vs. Purdue

    Scout "Vegas knew something. The Illinois-Purdue line shifted from minus-1.5 in favor of Illinois to a pick 'em early this week. But the line shifted drastically to minus-5 for Illinois on Thursday, likely a reaction to Illini interim coach Bill Cubit calling running back Josh Ferguson "questionable"..." November 06

  • Josh Ferguson ruled out for Illini this week vs. Badgers

    CSN Chicago "While we still wait to see if Wisconsin's star running back Corey Clement will return to the field this week, Illinois announced Thursday that its star running back, Josh Ferguson, will remain out of the lineup when the two teams meet Saturday afternoon in Champaign. Ferguson, who was knocked..." October 23

  • Illinois WR Mikey Dudek might not play this year

    The News-Gazette "Ted Karras and Wes Lunt showed up to the Memorial Stadium press box on Monday afternoon wearing white football pants and their customary white Illinois polos they sport before meeting with the media. They were ready for the first Illini practice this week ahead of Saturday’s 2:30 p.m...." October 21

  • Mike Dudek unlikely to return to Illini this season

    CSN Chicago "Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek likely won’t play this season, interim head coach Bill Cubit said during his weekly press conference Monday. Dudek tore his ACL during spring practice and has been recovering ever since. It was a surprise to many when right after the injury occurred, former..." October 20

  • Illinois running back Josh Ferguson will not play vs. Iowa

    The Champaign Room "Illinois starting running back Josh Ferguson will not play in Saturday's game at Iowa due to a right shoulder injury, the team announced Thursday. The senior back did not return to Saturday's game against Nebraska after a 2-yard loss late in the first quarter. The Illini (4-1, 1-0 in Big..." October 09

  • Tim Beckman releases statement firing back at Illinois after being fired

    CBS Sports "Illinois made the surprising decision on Friday to fire head coach Tim Beckman just a week before the season started. Beckman was under investigation over allegations of player mistreatment and he was fired as a result of the preliminary findings in that investigation. Illinois AD Mike Thomas..." August 29

  • Illinois fires Tim Beckman, allegedly for mistreatment of injured players

    SB Nation "Illinois has fired head coach Tim Beckman just one week before the team's season opener against Kent State, FootballScoop is reporting. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman confirmed the news. This offseason, multiple former Illini players accused Beckman of abuse and improper treatment, specifically with..." August 29

  • Knee injury costs Illinois DE Jihad Ward the season opener, and at least one more

    College Football Talk "When Illinois opens what could be a critical season for head coach Tim Beckman, they will do so without one of their top players on the defensive line. Senior defensive end Jihad Ward will sit out the beginning of the season due to a knee injury. Ward will undergo surgery to address an injury..." August 15

  • Senior defensive end Jihad Ward injured, will miss first two games of season

    The Champaign Room "Bad news just broke again from Rantoul, as senior defensive end Jihad Ward will have surgery and miss the first two weeks of the season. Ward sat out the last two days of practice with his injury, which will require a minor surgical procedure. The injury is a major blow for the Illini, who were..." August 14

  • DE Paul James III Withdraws from Illinois

    The Champaign Room "More bad news came out of Champaign this week as sophomore strong-side defensive end Paul James III was revealed to have left the Illini football program (and the school altogether). Robert of Illiniboard was the first to notice and report his departure. While the defensive end position is..." August 08

  • Ex-Illinois player accuses Tim Beckman of rough treatment

    CBS Sports "CNN issued a report Tuesday on the alleged mistreatment of athletes in Illinois's athletics programs, and though its principal focus was the Illini women's basketball program, it also included another set of allegations involving Illini football coach Tim Beckman. Beckman had been publicly..." July 08

  • Illinois players show support for Tim Beckman with #ProudIllini

    CBS Sports "The last week has given us several examples of former Illinois players venting frustrations about Tim Beckman and his staff. Now players in support of Beckman have unified, taking to Twitter to share stories using the hashtag #ProudIllini. " May 15

  • Tim Beckman situation turns up heat on 'tough love' coaching style

    CBS Sports "Tim Beckman may or may not be a good guy. At this point, it might not matter. The Illinois coach's character, reputation and methods are being questioned in real time. This time there is no grainy film leaked to some network. In the now, guys he recruited, signed and coached have ripped him to..." May 14

  • Ex-Illinois WR says Beckman made it 'very hard' to see cancer-stricken dad

    CBS Sports "Illinois coach Tim Beckman made Darius Millines feel like he was "not a part of the team" for visiting his family during a time of need, according to the latest batch of allegations from a former player. Millines, now a wide receiver at Colorado State-Pueblo, was one of the former players to..." May 13

  • Report: Tim Beckman named in ex-Toledo player hazing injury suit

    CBS Sports "A 2013 lawsuit brought by a former Toledo offensive lineman doesn't allege any direct mistreatment on the part of his then-Rockets coach Tim Beckman. But it also won't do anything to calm the firestorm surrounding the current Illinois coach's treatment of his players. The Chicago Tribune..." May 13

  • Players group seeks independent investigation of Illinois, Tim Beckman

    CBS Sports "The National College Players Association has called on the University of Illinois to commission an independent investigation into allegations that football coach Tim Beckman mistreated players. On Sunday, former Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic went on Twitter with a series of..." May 12

  • Former Illini DB: Tim Beckman was the 'worst coach I ever met'

    Chicago Sun-Times "Former Illinois defensive back Nick North, who was on the team from 2011-14, offered some harsh words for coach Tim Beckman. Following former teammate Simon Cvijanovic’s criticism of the Illinois football program and coaching staff, North told the University of Illinois student paper that..." May 12

  • Illinois AD responds to allegations of abuse from former player

    CBS Sports "Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said that the school "will follow up" on allegations of mistreatment and abuse from Simon Cvijanovic, but an initial review of internal reports from the football and medical support staffs. Who will be involved in the review and a timetable for its..." May 11

  • Former Illinois football player accuses head coach of abuse

    SB Nation "Simon Cvijanovic, a former offensive lineman at Illinois, took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse head coach Tim Beckman and the Illinois football program of abuse during his time with the Fighting Illini. Cvijanovic suffered a season-ending knee injury against Ohio State last November. He alleges..." May 11

  • Illinois' leading receiver suffers torn ACL in practice

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    ESPN "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

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