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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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  • Big Ten teams lament Rose Bowl implications

    CHICAGO The addition of a playoff to determine a college football national champion had Big Ten coaches thinking about tradition on the second day of Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday. The new system comes with a revamped bowl season, one that forsakes old...
  • 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...
  • Iowa anticipates first meeting since '08 vs. Illinois

    Driving to Rock Island, Ill., in the spring, it dawned on Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz that the football schedule would include another trip over the border. "As I was driving over that afternoon, it dawned on me we hadn't been there since 2008 to play,"...
  • 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....
  • Notre Dame coaches eye targets on summer hoops recruiting trail

    Notre Dame coaches eye targets on summer hoops recruiting trail
    Wednesday marks the beginning of the summer evaluating period in college basketball. That means coaches will be spending quality time at airports, comparing hotel breakfast spreads and watching a lot of high schoolers compete while hoping they can land...
  • 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...
  • Girls soccer | New Trier players make college choices

    Girls soccer | New Trier players make college choices
    Forward Kelly Maday, goalkeeper Dani Kaufman and midfielder Bina Saipi contributed to New Trier's Class 3A soccer state championship in June. They were all sophomores, and with two years of high school remaining, all three made Division I college...
  • Running back Josh Ferguson is the anchor of Illinois offense

     Running back Josh Ferguson is the anchor of Illinois offense
    Josh Ferguson has gone from a player shadowed by skepticism to one carrying heavy expectations in Champaign. Either way, the Illinois running back appreciates the fuel for his drive. "I have a big year ahead of me and I have to prove people wrong," he...
  • Big Ten mascots vote: stunning turnout, stunning result

    Big Ten mascots vote: stunning turnout, stunning result
    After five days of voting, the results of the Big Ten mascot poll are in. The turnout and the results are equally stunning. As of early Friday morning, more than 7 million votes have been cast. (A typical Chicago Sports poll generates between 500...