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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

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  • College football on TV: What to watch this weekend

    Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on the weekend, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping: FRIDAY Houston (6-4) at Southern Methodist (0-10) 9 a.m., CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)...
  • Northwestern's Zack Oliver finally gets his opportunity, and he's leaving nothing to chance

    Northwestern's Zack Oliver finally gets his opportunity, and he's leaving nothing to chance
    Offensive lineman Matt Frazier went to bed Monday night without seeing apartment-mate Zack Oliver. Same thing happened Tuesday. Oliver burned the midnight oil cramming for a test. And that test will come Saturday against Illinois when he makes his first...
  • Illinois coach Tim Beckman makes case to keep his job

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman makes case to keep his job
    As Illinois players hoisted the Land of Lincoln trophy Saturday in the middle of Ryan Field after their 47-33 throttling of Northwestern, coach Tim Beckman issued a direct order amid the delirium. "Bring it to the fans!" he yelled. Those fans in...
  • Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky worked his way to unlikely stardom

    Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky worked his way to unlikely stardom
    Before adoring fans called him "The Moose" or "Joe College" or "Frank the Tank," Frank Kaminsky was known simply as "Frankie" or "Little Frank." All year round, Little Frank would tag along with his 6-foot-10 dad to gyms around Chicago to watch "Big...
  • After another 5-7 season, NU must examine everything in program

    After another 5-7 season, NU must examine everything in program
    The Northwestern players exited Ryan Field quickly, ceding their turf to the victorious men in orange and white. As is custom, every Wildcat tapped a sign that says TRUST YOURSELF on their way out. Truth is, the motto for this Northwestern offseason...
  • FSU uses drop in polls as motivation

    FSU uses drop in polls as motivation
    You might not have been able to see it even under the bright lights at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday night, but it was there. Some Florida State players could see it clearly in the reflection in the iconic gold helmets of the Notre Dame players they...
  • At midseason, Big Ten gets scant national respect

    If you love Big Ten football — OK, we'll settle for like – you don't want to examine USA Today's Sagarin ratings. The league's highest-rated team is Michigan State, at 14. Based on that, the Spartans would rank seventh in the SEC West. Yes,...
  • A big day for the Big Ten, with one little exception: Michigan

    What a comeback for old-time Big Ten football (except for Michigan). The proud, venerable league of Dick Butkus and Archie Griffin earned back some respect Saturday with an exceptional showing (except for Michigan). The future of Jim Delany's scoffed-...
  • Illinois' Baker competes to honor late mother

     Illinois' Baker competes to honor late mother
    Bobby Baker was 5 when his mother put him in a Lemont Park District gymnastics program. At the beginning, Baker was frustrated by being unable to get his body to do what he wanted it to do, what he saw some of the other kids already doing. But he...
  • Illini's Weber honest — and as good as gone

    Illini's Weber honest — and as good as gone
    After the Illini lost to Purdue on Wednesday night, about the only thing Bruce Weber forgot to say in his concession speech was that he was releasing his delegates to vote their conscience. It’s not that Weber lost his job with his postmortem, it&...
  • Groce got at least one thing right

    Groce got at least one thing right
    The new Illinois coach said he wants to get the “best players who are Illinois guys.’’ Me, I'd rather see the Illini get Kentucky guys. But that's just me. Then the first thing John Groce said about an Illinois guy is “a desire...