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  • Illinois Fighting Illini coach Lovie Smith shaves off his trademark beard

    USA Today "The Illinois Fighting Illini football team had a banner season in 2019, upsetting then-No. 6 Wisconsin as 31-point underdogs in October en route to a six-win season and the program's first bowl appearance since 2014. On Wednesday, the program took an..." May 27

  • Illini land Louisville transfer safety TreSean Smith

    247 Sports "The news: Illinois continued its transfer roll on Thursday with a commitment from Louisville graduate transfer safety TreSean Smith. A redshirt junior with two years of eligibility remaining, Smith totaled 70 tackles during his first two seasons at Louisville, but the 6-foot-1,..." May 15

  • Miami Transfer WR Brian Hightower Verbally Commits To Illini

    SI "The Power 5 conference program known for using the transfer portal for success has found another player willing to move to Illinois. Brian Hightower, a former four-star 2018 receiver prospect from IMG Academy, announced Tuesday afternoon his verbal intention to transfer from..." April 30

  • Ex-Wisconsin, Alabama LB Christian Bell transfers to Illinois

    National Post "Well-traveled linebacker Christian Bell will finish his collegiate career at Illinois in 2020. Originally a member of Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class, Bell transferred to Wisconsin and played three seasons with the Badgers before making another move. “Thank you..." March 10

  • Lovie Smith Makes Bold Claim About Big Ten Heading Into 2020

    The Spun "Illinois was one of the surprise teams in the Big Ten this season, going 6-6 overall and 4-5 in league play. Lovie Smith went from being on the hot seat to taking the Illini to a bowl game for the first time in five years. Despite finishing the regular season off in disappointing..." December 23

  • Redbox Bowl does Cal, Illinois dirty with awkward errors on official T-shirts

    CBS Sports "There are so many bowl games in college football that sometimes it's hard to keep track of who's matched up against who, what bowl they're playing in or where/when that bowl is being played. Accidentally mixing up certain bowl details is typically very understandable... unless..." December 12