blog postsMercilus named to BTN All-Decade Second TeamJul 7, 2020 10:45 am0 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 am18 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 am223 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 am2 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 am0 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 pm0 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.Takekawa, Cockburn named Illinois Freshmen of the YearMay 13, 2020 9:30 am0 views Mia Takekawa (gymnastics) and Kofi Cockburn (basketball) have been named winners of the annual award, presented to the top male and female freshman competing for the Fighting Illini.Edwards, Feliz, Brown win Fighting Illini Spirit AwardsMay 12, 2020 10:30 am2 views Taylor Edwards (women's basketball), Andres Feliz(men's basketball), and Dre Brown (football) are winners of the 2020 Fighting Illini Spirit Awards for best exemplifying spirit, courage, effort and dedication.15 questions with Giorgi BezhanishviliMay 7, 2020 10:15 am0 views The cancellation of the tournaments, the suspension of classes, announcements of friends exploring opportunities in the pros. Giorgi Bezhanishvili stays positive, as always.Kameno Bell: Illini hero, American heroApr 27, 2020 10:00 am74 views Since 2007, Kameno Bell has served as an emergency medicine physician at New Jersey's Hackensack University Medical Center, just 10 miles from the world's COVID-19 epicenter in New York City.2020 Illinois 'Mr. Basketball' signs with Fighting IlliniApr 23, 2020 2:00 pm0 views Consensus top-40 recruit Adam Miller has signed a national letter of intent. A two-time Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year, Miller is a 6-foot-3-inch, 180-pound combo guard from Peoria.AD Whitman's update on Illini AthleticsApr 21, 2020 8:00 am2 views With an unforeseeable return date, Whitman is encouraged by the resilience of student-athletes and athletic staff. 'I'm always amazed at the creativity and ingenuity that people can show in the face of challenge.'How Illini Tennis helped rekindle Gandawidjaja's passionApr 15, 2020 4:15 pm2 views As a junior-year walk-on, Madeleine Gandawidjaja's path to Big Ten tennis team was certainly unconventional.Fighting Illini Athletics Hall Of Fame Class of 2020 announcedApr 8, 2020 8:45 am12 views Football is represented by Ray Nitschke, Kevin Hardy and Moe Gardner. Basketball inductees include Derek Harper, Tal Brody and all-time leading scorer and rebounder for the women's program, Jenna Smith.Perseverance pays off for Illini gymnast Brittany JonesMar 23, 2020 11:15 am4 views Brittany Jones didn't make her women's gymnastics debut until nearly two and a half years after she arrived on campus. But in the fall of 2016she was healthy, happy and ready to compete. A series of injuries changed all that.Remainder of 2020 Big Ten men's basketball tournament canceledMar 12, 2020 12:00 pm0 views Indianapolis Star (March 12) The SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Mid-American, American Athletic Conference and Atlantic 10 also canceled conference tournaments on Thursday. The Ivy League canceled its tournament on Tuesday.Big Ten Tournament game notesMar 12, 2020 8:00 am0 views The Fighting Illini open play in Friday's Quarterfinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Game time is 1:25 pm (CDT).Dosunmu, Cockburn, Underwood rake in postseason honorsMar 11, 2020 10:15 am0 views Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn picked up more honors on Tuesday, after each collected Big Ten honors on Monday. And Coach Brad Underwood was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by HoopsHD.com. Cockburn B1G Freshman of the Year; Dosunmu First-Team All-B1GMar 10, 2020 9:00 am0 views The Big Ten Confference announced the awards for Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu. Senior guard Andres Feliz was recognized as Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.Illini stuff Hawkeyes, earn double bye in B1G tournamentMar 9, 2020 8:45 am0 views Kofi Cockburn used all of his 7-foot frame to stuff Iowa center Luka Garza before the final horn to clinch Illinois' 78-76 win and the fourth seed in the 2020 Big Ten Tournament.Senior Sendoff for four Illini this SundayMar 6, 2020 4:00 pm4 views The No. 23 Fighting Illini host No. 18 Iowa Sunday night at State Farm Center in what will be the final home game for four Illini seniors: Andres Feliz, Kipper Nichols, Samson Oladimeji and Tyler Underwood. Buckeyes rally to top Illini, 71-63Mar 6, 2020 9:30 am0 views Ayo Dosunmu scored 21 points and Andres Feliz had a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds), but No. 23 Illinois fell at No. 19 Ohio State, 71-63, Thursday night at Value City Arena. Illini look to stay hot vs. #19 Buckeyes tonightMar 5, 2020 9:15 am0 views Currently one-half game out of first place in the Big Ten standings, Illinois plays its final road game of the season on Thursday night at Ohio State.Comia leads Illini Baseball to home opening win over Chicago StateMar 4, 2020 10:30 am0 views Branden Comia had a career-high four hits, four RBIs and Garrett Acton tied Illinois' career saves record in the 11-8 home opening win over Chicago State. The Illini won for the fifth time in the last six games.