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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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  • 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,...
  • Tribune Silver Football finalists: Melvin Gordon, J.T. Barrett, Joey Bosa

    If there were any justice, all three Chicago Tribune Silver Football finalists would suit up Saturday in the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon will further his assault on the Big Ten record books. Ohio State defensive end Joey...
  • College football: What games to watch on TV

    College football: What games to watch on TV
    Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping: MORNING No. 13 Georgia (4-1) at No. 23 Missouri (4-1) 9 a.m., Channel 2 This game is...
  • QB J.T. Barrett coming into his own for resurgent Ohio State

    The Big Ten's most efficient passer is not the guy viewed as a potential No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Penn State's Christian Hackenberg actually ranks 10th in that category. The top quarterback has not been Michigan State's Connor Cook, the offensive...
  • Michigan hockey star Compher willing to risk body

    Michigan hockey star Compher willing to risk body
    There will be a lot of breath held when JT Compher goes to his next U.S. national junior hockey team camp. Especially every time the Michigan sophomore center from Northbrook tries to block a shot — which means everyone may frequently be waiting...
  • 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...
  • Trying to help the helpless Illini

    I heard from a bunch of angry Illini fanswhen I said Illinois wasn’t a destination job for anybody you’d want to hire. I said it was a steppingstone job for the guys you’d want to bring in. Bill Self jumped to a heritage program. Bruce...
  • College football top 25 countdown: No. 16 Nebraska

    Bo Pelini's expertise has always been defense. Says who? "Pelini's expertise has always been defense," his official Nebraska biography reads. He played safety at Ohio State, coached linebackers in the NFL (Green Bay, New England), was defensive...