blog posts Fresh off exhibition wins, Illini Soccer primed for 2022 season Aug 15, 2022 10:00 am In the wilderness of northwestern Michigan, the Fighting Illini soccer team closed its preseason schedule with an exhibition game against Virginia, using the four-day trip to also go on a team retreat ahead of the regular season. Fill Memorial Stadium! Wyoming FamILLy 4 Packs on sale now Jul 29, 2022 4:30 pm Not only is Illinois' Aug. 27 'Week 0' game vs. Wyoming one of the first games of the college football calendar, it will also be the first time that the Illini defend their new turf at Memorial Stadium. Kyprianou named director of Illinois Track & Field, Cross Country Jul 27, 2022 9:45 am Petros Kyprianou was a three-time U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. In six seasons as head coach at the University of Georgia, he led the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA titles and a total of 16 top-ten NCAA finishes. Softball early years: Guiding the program off the runway and into the sky Jul 21, 2022 12:15 pm Two years after the Illini introduced soccer, softball became Illinois' 10th women's varsity program. 'Illinois is a great softball state,' said former Athletic Director Ron Guenther. 'It's in the city, in the suburbs, downstate ... it's everywhere.' Kirschsieper, Janas selected on final day of MLB draft Jul 20, 2022 1:00 pm Illinois had two players taken in this years MLB Draft. Left-handed pitcher Cole Kirschsieper (Illini pitching staff leader with 3.40 ERA), and first basemen Justin Janas (.368 career hitter at Illinois, .501 career on base percentage, .503 slugging). When courage moved the needle for Illini Women’s Athletics Jul 18, 2022 10:15 am The addition of seven varsity sports in 1974 was undoubtedly a milestone moment for U of I women's athletics, but a more significant moment occurred three years later when a pair of student-athletes filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit. Michael Massey called up to Kansas City Royals Jul 15, 2022 9:30 am Massey was the highest drafted infielder in Illinois history when he went in the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft. His three-year Illini career included a national Gold Glove award, two All-Big Ten honors, and a .324 career batting average. Jackson, Wagoner receive B1G Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Jul 12, 2022 2:00 pm The Big Ten announced on Tuesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2021-22 academic year. Illinois' Taylor Jackson (baseball) and Lakyn Wagoner (softball) are U of I's recipients. How the 1990s propelled Illini women’s athletics to national prominence Jul 8, 2022 4:15 pm The 1990s included individual NCAA championships and multiple Big Ten Athlete of the Year recognitions. Zacharie Perrin joins Fighting Illini Basketball Jul 5, 2022 8:30 am 'He has benefited from playing against older competition on the international stage, and he has what I value so much in recruiting: versatility. Zach can play multiple positions. He has perimeter skills, can step out and shoot it, and is a gifted passer.' Anaya, Wiles voted Illinois Freshmen of the Year Jun 28, 2022 9:45 am The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its 2021-22 Freshmen of the Year. Lauren Wiles (softball) and Ashton Anaya (gymnastics) have been named the top female and male freshman competing for the Fighting Illini. Jonathan Davis placed second in USATF Finals Jun 27, 2022 9:15 am Illini track and field star and graduate student Jonathan Davis earned silver in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championship in the 1500m on Saturday, adding a noteworthy accomplishment to his long list of accolades. Celebration of Title IX's 50th to culminate with Illini women's summit & reunion Jun 21, 2022 9:15 am The theme for the Sept. 9 event is 'How it Started … How it's Going.' Alumna Sheila Johnson is the keynote speaker. Taylor Rooks, also a UI graduate and nationally known sports journalist and broadcaster, will serve as emcee. Illini Women’s Athletics begin to take flight in the ‘80s Jun 16, 2022 9:00 am After taking 'baby steps' during their first six years of existence, Fighting Illini women's varsity teams and athletes began to sprout wings during the 1980s. Illini pitching ace Kirschsieper named ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Jun 15, 2022 8:45 am Cole Kirschsieper finished fifth in the Big Ten in innings pitched (87.1) and seventh in ERA (3.40). His 88 strikeouts ranked 10ths and his seven wins tied for fourth in the conference. All-time great Isaiah Martinez returns to Illini Wrestling staff Jun 13, 2022 2:30 pm University of Illinois wrestling coach Mike Poeta has added one of the most-storied wrestlers in Fighting Illini history to his coaching staff with the announcement that Isaiah Martinez is joining the staff as an assistant coach. Mike Hebert's impact on Fighting Illini Volleyball Jun 10, 2022 9:30 am This two-part series showcases how former head coach Mike Herbert evolved Illinois volleyball into a unit that would earn Illini women's athletics' first three Big Ten championships. Fighting Illini announce Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Jun 7, 2022 10:30 am The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics named 15 new members to the UI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022, including athletes and coaches from 11 different teams. Matthew Mayer joins Illini Basketball Jun 2, 2022 9:00 am Mayer was sixth man on Baylor's 2021 NCAA Championship team and helped them to back-to-back Big 12 titles. 'We are thrilled to add one of the most versatile players in college basketball to the Illini family in Matthew Mayer,' Coach Underwood said. Olivia Howell qualifies for NCAA Championships for second-straight season May 31, 2022 10:30 am Illini women's track and field junior Olivia Howell will make her second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships after qualifying for the women's 1500m on Saturday night at the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor West Prelims. From indifference to acceptance: The evolution of the NCAA’s views toward Title IX May 27, 2022 11:00 am During its vigorous, sometimes contentious battle with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the NCAA dramatically shift in its stance toward the 1972 Title IX legislation between its annual conventions of 1979 and 1981. Illini Baseball kicks off Big Ten Tournament against Michigan Thursday May 25, 2022 10:45 am The Illinois travel to Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2022 Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Charles Schwab Field. Illinois is making its 24th Big Ten Tournament appearance and looks for its fifth tournament title (1989, 1990, 2000, 2011). Illinois earns four seed in Big Ten Tournament May 23, 2022 8:45 am The Fighting Illini baseball team is the No. 4 seed in the upcoming B1G tournament in Omaha (May 25-29), will play No. 5-seeded Michigan on Wednesday night in its first-round matchup at Charles Schwab Field. U of I hosting 2022 NCAA Tennis Championships May 19, 2022 10:45 am The NCAA Championships will take place at Illinois from May 19-28, with the team championship taking place on May 19-22 and individual bracket play taking place May 23-28. Illini Baseball hosts Nebraska in final home series this weekend May 13, 2022 2:15 pm Illinois (26-19, 12-6) is currently in fifth place in the Big Ten and is coming off a series sweep of Miami (OH) last weekend. Nebraska is 19-27 (7-11 B1G) and won one of three at Minnesota last weekend. Illini Softball: Seven named to All-Big Ten teams May 11, 2022 11:00 am Avrey Steiner named First Team All-Big Ten. Sydney Sickels, Kailee Powell named Second Team. Paige Berkmeyer, Lauren Wiles, Stevie Meade named to the All-Freshman team. Lakyn Wagoner earned the Sportsmanship Award. Kayla Burbage joins Illini Volleyball for Fall 2022 May 10, 2022 9:30 am A 6-4 opposite/outside hitter from Clayton, N.C., Burbage transferred to Illinois following a year at the University of Missouri, where she started 24 of their 28 matches as a Freshman and led the team in blocks. Illini earn third seed in 2022 Big Ten softball tournament May 9, 2022 8:45 am Illinois earned a first-round bye as the third seed, and will begin action in the quarterfinals on Thursday (May 12) at 12:30 p.m. CT, facing the winner of No. 6 Ohio State and No. 11 Purdue. World's largest softball tailgate returns Saturday May 6, 2022 9:00 am With a goal of filling every seat at Eichelberger Field, tailgating begins at 11:00 a.m. with inflatables, balloon artists, face painting, food trucks, and more. Fans are encouraged to stay to watch their Fighting Illini take on Penn State. Four Illini Men's Golf team members earn All-Big Ten honors May 5, 2022 9:30 am Among the awardees, Adrien Dumont de Chassart earned his second consecutive Player of the Year award and head coach Mike Small took home his 12th B1G Coach of the Year laurel overall, and his 11th of 13 dating back to 2009. DIA discontinues exploration of Division 1 men’s ice hockey May 3, 2022 8:45 am To date, we have been unable to generate the financial support necessary to greenlight the project — a concern that grew even more daunting through the pandemic, when we saw cost projections for the new facility increase by 30%. Illini Men's Golf wins seventh straight B1G Championship May 2, 2022 8:30 am The team made history on Sunday, battling windy conditions in a back-and-forth contest to overtake Michigan State and secure the Big Ten Championship for a conference-record seventh consecutive season, and the 12th in the last 13 years. Illini Baseball set to play Bradley in Peoria tonight Apr 27, 2022 8:30 am The Illinois baseball team travels to Bradley for a midweek night game against the Braves. Illinois (20-17, 11-4) is coming off their first B1G series loss of the season against Maryland. Illini Women's Tennis advances in B1G Tournament with win over Iowa Apr 29, 2022 9:30 am The Illini battled Iowa for over three hours until freshman Kasia Treiber sealed the 4-3 win with a three-set victory in the second round of the conference tournament. The Illini advance to the quarterfinals, playing Wisconsin Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Fifth-seeded Illini Women’s Tennis ready for Big Ten Tournament Apr 28, 2022 9:30 am After finishing the regular season in a tie for third place in the conference, the women's tennis team shifts its focus to the Big Ten Championships, held at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Center in Iowa City, April 27-May 1. Men's Tennis snags senior day win over Purdue Apr 25, 2022 9:00 am 'It felt good to go out there and get the win on senior day,' said head coach Brad Dancer. 'We've won four in-a-row now and have some good momentum heading into the tournament later this week.' No. 25 Illini women’s golf set for 2022 Big Ten Championships Apr 22, 2022 10:45 am The No. 25 Illinois women's golf team will be on the hunt for a Big Ten title this weekend as the Illini travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the 2022 Big Ten Women's Golf Championships. Ouimet breaks decathlon program record as Illini open weekend action Apr 15, 2022 10:45 am The Illinois women's and men's track and field teams saw historic performances at both the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational on Thursday, highlighted by a new school record in the decathlon from junior Aiden Ouimet. Illinois signs Skyy Clark Apr 14, 2022 9:15 am Clark is a 6-foot, 3-inch, 200-pound guard from Los Angeles who currently attends Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He is a five-star prospect by 247Sports Composite and the highest-ranked recruit to sign with the Fighting Illini in the last 20 years. Women's Tennis hosts Purdue, travels to Penn State this weekend Apr 8, 2022 9:15 am Women's tennis looks to continue its four-match win streak in the B1G this weekend, first hosting Purdue today at 1 p.m. CT in Atkins Tennis Center, before traveling to University Park, Pa., for a match against Penn State on Sunday. Takekawa and Townes qualify for nationals Apr 5, 2022 9:15 am Illinois juniors Mia Takekawa and Mia Townes have qualified for the 2022 NCAA National Championships as individual qualifiers on bar and vault, respectively, the NCAA announced Monday afternoon. Women's Gymnastics wraps season with second-highest score in program history Apr 1, 2022 8:30 am Although they did not advance to the regional final, 'This team had the meet of their life tonight and did a phenomenal job. The energy was great, the unity was great, and the gymnastics was great,' said head coach Nadalie Walsh. Underwood set to receive contract extension through 2027-28 season Mar 31, 2022 8:00 am This year, Illinois went 23-10 overall and won the Big Ten Championship, with Underwood recording his third-straight 20-plus win season. The Illini ended the year at No. 19 in the AP poll to register a third-straight Top 25 finish. Illini Softball travels to St. Louis for midweek match up Mar 29, 2022 8:45 am After opening the Big Ten schedule this past weekend splitting a pair of games with Purdue, Illini softball plays the first of two midweek games this week. Illinois takes on the Billikens on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Women's Tennis welcomes Maryland, Rutgers in B1G Weekend Mar 25, 2022 9:00 am The Illini conclude their four-match homestand this weekend by hosting Maryland on Friday (March 25) at 4 p.m. CT and welcoming in Rutgers on Sunday (March 27) at 11 a.m. CT. Both matches will be held at Atkins Tennis Center. Shauna Green named Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball coach Mar 21, 2022 8:30 am Green comes to Illinois following six successful seasons as the head coach at the University of Dayton, where her teams captured five Atlantic 10 regular season championships and qualified each year of her tenure for postseason play. NCAA First Round Preview: Illinois vs. Chattanooga Friday Mar 17, 2022 8:45 am Fighting Illini Men's Basketball enters the weekend aiming to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005, when it went on to play in the national championship game. The game is scheduled for 5:50 p.m. CT. Cockburn named AP First-Team All-American Mar 15, 2022 2:00 pm Kofi Cockburn is just the second Illinois player ever to earn first-team All-America honors by the AP, after Ayo Dosunmu became the first Illini to do so last season. The Big Ten conference has three players on this year's AP first team. Afternoon baseball at Illinois Field: Illini host Butler Mar 15, 2022 8:45 am Illinois is coming off their first weekend series win at Western Kentucky, taking the first two games of the weekend and dropping the third. The Illini scored a combined 21 runs on 27 hits in the first two games of the series at Western Kentucky. No. 4 seed Illini open NCAA Tourney Friday vs. No. 13 Chattanooga Mar 14, 2022 8:45 am The Big Ten regular-season champions are the No. 4 seed in the South region and will open their NCAA Tournament run against No. 13 seed Chattanooga (27-7) in the first round on Friday in Pittsburgh, Pa. Game time is set for 5:50 p.m. CT.