blog postsBasketball season start date announced: Nov. 25Sep 17, 2020 11:45 am0 views 'The new season start date...is a grand compromise of sorts and a unified approach that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes competing towards the 2021 Division I basketball championships,' an NCAA executive said.Big Ten Football to resume October 23-24Sep 16, 2020 8:45 am0 views The Big Ten will require all on-field personnel to undergo daily antigen testing with results completed and recorded prior to each practice or game.Illini Basketball attendance Once again in top 25Aug 19, 2020 1:30 pm1 views Illinois ranked 24th nationally in men's basketball home attendance during the 2019-20 season, averaging 13,041 fans across 18 games at State Farm Center, for a total of nearly a quarter million spectators.Chen finishes fifth in China’s National Amateur Tour leg 1Aug 18, 2020 9:30 am0 views Illinois freshman Siyan Chen tied for fifth at the China Golf Association's National Amateur Tour Leg 1 held in Yangjiang, Guangdong, China.Big Ten Conference postpones all fall sportsAug 11, 2020 2:30 pm0 views The decision applies to all fall sports, including the football, volleyball, women's soccer and cross country programs. The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate the possibility of competition in the spring.Illini Pride membership available now for U of I studentsAug 7, 2020 10:00 am3 views Due to the announced reduced capacity at Memorial Stadium this season, student tickets for Illinois football will be available through a lottery system to only Illini Pride members.2020 Illini Football schedule announcedAug 5, 2020 10:45 am19 views The revised 2020 Illinois football schedule was released by the Big Ten Conference today, with the Fighting Illini opening the season September 3 with a Thursday Night Special against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium.Kofi Cockburn, Ayo Dosunmu returning for 2020-21Aug 3, 2020 9:15 am7 views Center Kofi Cockburn and guard Ayo Dosunmu have both announced their return to Illinois for the 2020-21 season. 'My dream is to play in the NBA. But first I need that national championship,' Dosunmu said.Messages pour in honoring Coach Lou HensonJul 31, 2020 12:45 pm3 views As the news of legendary Fighting Illini basketball coach and ambassador Lou Henson's passing broke, hundreds of posts on social media were shared with personal anecdotes about the man in an orange blazer. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley: Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2020Jul 30, 2020 9:15 am1 views The many accomplishments of former Fighting Illini volleyball standout and 2020 Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.Illinois Athletics joins Green Bandana ProjectJul 28, 2020 9:30 am12 views The program offers student-athletes training that focuses on recognizing and learning how to respond when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. This peer to peer response can help to encourage those in need to get help. Legendary Fighting Illini Lou Henson passes away at 88Jul 29, 2020 12:00 pm3 views Legendary Fighting Illini basketball coach and ambassador Lou Henson passed away peacefully in his Champaign home Saturday, July 25, the Henson family announced Wednesday, July 29.Fahey named among 100 Influential People in Women's College BasketballJul 22, 2020 6:30 pm2 views Fahey, who is entering her 35th year as a collegiate head coach overall and her fourth year at Illinois, became synonymous with excellence during her 31-year tenure at Washington University in St. Louis.Jake Hansen named to Butkus Award watch listJul 20, 2020 10:45 am3 views Illinois senior linebaker Jake Hansen has been named to the Butkus Award watch list. It is the second career watch list for Hansen, who is on the Bednarik 2020 watch list and was a Butkus Award semifinalist in 2019.COVID-19 Briefing Series: AthleticsJul 17, 2020 9:15 am4 views Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Director Josh Whitman and sports medicine head Randy Ballard discuss plans for 2020-21 Illinois Athletics.Edwards named NCAA Woman of the Year nomineeJul 15, 2020 10:30 am3 views Taylor Edwards, a standout pitcher for the Fighting Illini softball program for four seasons before joining the women's basketball team for her final year of eligibility in 2019-20, has been named as a nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.Fall sports: DIA's statement on Big Ten Conference announcementJul 10, 2020 10:15 am0 views Teams will compete against only Big Ten Conference opponents, and participation in sports is voluntary, with scholarship and financial aid protected for all student-athletes regardless of their participation. House of 'Paign upsets top seed, advances to TBT QuarterfinalsJul 9, 2020 9:45 am5 views The Illinois alumni team House of 'Paign knocked off No. 1 seed and defending champion Carmen's Crew (Ohio State alumni), 76-68, in Wednesday's round of 16 action at The Basketball Tournament (TBT).Mercilus named to BTN All-Decade Second TeamJul 7, 2020 10:45 am1 views Mercilus was a consensus All-American and won the Hendricks Award (top DE in the nation) at Illinois in 2011 after one of the best seasons by a defender in Fighting Illini history. Atkins Group gives Stone Creek Golf Club to Illinois AthleticsJun 30, 2020 9:30 am26 views The golf club will remain closed for the 2020 season while undergoing improvements, and re-open as a championship-caliber public course and the home of the Fighting Illini men's and women's golf programs. The gift value exceeds $15 million.Brandon Lieb signs with Fighting Illini BasketballJun 29, 2020 9:00 am224 views Lieb is a 7-0, 210-pound center from Deerfield, Illinois. 'Brandon's skill level and shooting ability stand out right away; he can really space the floor at the 5,' said Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood.Latest Atkins Baseball Training Center rendering releasedJun 24, 2020 8:30 am5 views Illinois has released an updated rendering of the state-of-the-art Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center. The project is scheduled for completion by January 2022. IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament will return to ChampaignJun 16, 2020 9:15 am2 views The Illinois High School Association announced that its Boys State Basketball Tournament will return to the State Farm Center in Champaign for three years, through 2023.Football student-athletes begin return to campusJun 10, 2020 8:00 am4 views Players returning for voluntary works begin with viral and antibody testing, initial quarantining, and contact tracing. Arrangements will be made for extended quarantine and care of any student-athlete testing positive for COVID-19.Feliz, Biondi receive Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship AwardMay 27, 2020 4:45 pm1 views The Big Ten announced on Wednesday that Illinois' Andres Feliz (basketball) and Nicole Biondi (gymnastics) were named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2019-20 academic year. Illinois Athletics plans for safe return of student-athletes to campusMay 26, 2020 9:00 am1 views The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is preparing to return groups of student-athletes to campus for voluntary summer training, with staggered arrivals beginning as early as June 3.Three Illini named to Men's Tennis All Big Ten teamsMay 21, 2020 10:30 am1 views Senior Aleks Kovacevic, junior Alex Brown, and sophomore Siphosothando Montsi have been named to the Men's Tennis All-Big Ten teams.Kawai, Rabinowitz named to All-Big Ten teamMay 20, 2020 3:45 pm0 views Illinois women's tennis juniors Asuka Kawai and Mia Rabinowitz were named to the 2020 All-Big Ten Team, as announced by the conference office Wednesday, May 20.Paradise, Edwards earn Big Ten Medals of HonorMay 15, 2020 9:00 am1 views The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded annually to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each institution for excellence on and off the field throughout their college career. Quade, Dosunmu named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the YearMay 14, 2020 8:00 am0 views As Fighting Illini Athletes of the Year, Dosunmu and Quade become Illinois' nominees for Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors, which will be announced later this spring.