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Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the athletic teams of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The school colors are orange and blue and the teams compete in the Big Ten conference. The university has won two Division I National Championships since 1958 and more than 25 overall. Famous players include Red Grange, George Halas, Dick Butkus, Lou Boudreau, Dike Eddleman, Ray Nitschke and Johnny Kerr.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the athletic teams of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The school colors are orange and blue and the teams compete in the Big Ten conference. The university has won two Division I National Championships since 1958 and more than 25 overall. Famous players include Red Grange, George Halas, Dick Butkus, Lou Boudreau, Dike Eddleman, Ray Nitschke and Johnny Kerr. « Show less

Top Illinois Fighting Illini Articles

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  • Former Illini player dies practicing in Minnesota

    Former Niles West, Illini player dies practicing
    Former Illinois offensive lineman Shawn Afryl died of cardiac arrest Monday night, according to his former high school football coach. Afryl was 22. He collapsed while practicing with a few teammates at Winona State University in Minnesota, where he had...
  • Big Ten commissioner: 'We need a system that works'

    Words not normally associated with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany: measured, mild, tame. But that's what Delany was Monday, especially compared with cohorts Mike Slive (SEC) and Bob Bowlsby (Big 12). Bowslby mocked NCAA enforcement by saying:...
  • Illinois' Beckman believes program headed in right direction

    Illinois' Beckman believes program headed in right direction
    Speaking to hundreds of reporters and a national television audience at the Big Ten media day Monday, Illinois coach Tim Beckman looked poised and sounded confident as he presented reasons to believe in the Illini. That's not an easy sell for a team...
  • Delany criticizes NCAA's enforcement process

    CHICAGO Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says he isn't happy with the NCAA's enforcement process. He discussed the need for improvements Monday on the first day of the conference's media days. Delany said he doesn't think the NCAA has been effective in...
  • Big Ten schools could afford to pay athletes

    Big Ten schools could afford to pay athletes
    Like a five-star high school recruit in his senior year, college athletics is at a crossroads. Pressure from current players, former players and lawsuits means a system of paying college students to play sports is finally getting serious attention....
  • Football | Downers North QB Edwards has a future on the line

    Football | Downers North QB Edwards has a future on the line
    Because of his size, David Edwards was always put on the offensive and defensive lines of his youth football teams. It just made sense. Until he started his freshman year at Downers Grove North, that is. He was one of only two volunteers when coaches...
  • Wrestling | Lake Forest's Durbin gets call from Northwestern

    Wrestling | Lake Forest's Durbin gets call from Northwestern
    Regis Durbin’s life changed dramatically the week of Feb. 22. Since then, it’s only gotten better. Durbin became Lake Forest’s first individual wrestling champion when he pulled off an improbable 3-2 ultimate tie-breaker victory over...
  • Maryland commit Mason Zimmerman learned to snap playing backyard football

    Maryland commit Mason Zimmerman learned to snap playing backyard football
    While tossing a football around the back yard in eighth grade, Mason Zimmerman would crouch down and snap the ball to his best friend, Jacob Yunker, who lined up as the quarterback. The duo developed a connection and Zimmerman, a former tackle, went...
  • Maryland pulls out of Jimmy V Classic game vs. Villanova

    Maryland has pulled out of the Jimmy V Classic against Villanova on Dec. 8 because of "scheduling issues," according to a news release from ESPN. The Terps, who were replaced by Illinois, will take part in the event in 2016. Not playing Villanova...
  • Big Ten expansion 'absolutely huge' for men's lacrosse

    Big Ten expansion 'absolutely huge' for men's lacrosse
    When Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman recently hit the recruiting trail, he wasn't entirely sure how players would react to a Terps program making the leap from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten, a move that became official Tuesday....
  • USC football: Tailback Ty Isaac will transfer to Michigan

    Former USC tailback Ty Isaac, who said last month that he would transfer, will attend Michigan, he announced on his Twitter feed. "I will be attending the University of Michigan this year," Isaac wrote. Isaac came to USC from Joliet (Ill.) Catholic...