When the University of Illinois basketball coaches talk about the newcomers due to arrive this summer, there’s a sense they know something others do not.
Brad Underwood said he becomes spellbound watching a basketball team filled with players he doesn’t know, whose names he can’t pronounce and whose eligibility is long gone.
Ask University of Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood if he ever twists on his pillow dreaming about potential lineup combinations with so many newcomers arriving in June, and he answers without hesitation.
What you may have heard this week is that former University of Illinois guard Te’Jon Lucas is returning to his hometown.
It will take a while to come to terms with Mark Smith’s departure after just one season with the University of Illinois basketball program.
Next Wednesday looms as an important day in a most interesting period for University of Illinois basketball.
The sagging performance of the University of Illinois football and basketball teams has invited skepticism to be the next door neighbor.
My NCAA Tournament bracket looks like a sheet of canvas Jackson Pollack practiced on.
It’s great to have a dream, and basketball players who show up on a college campus have the same one.
There’s an assumption Rod Smith would not have invited A.J. Bush into his quarterback room unless he felt he could learn the secret handshake.
Losing in the short term in order to build long-term success is all the rage in sports. By shedding bad contracts and investing in young players through the draft, a professional team might have to take two steps back before charging forward.
Even a visionary can have blurry vision.
Women’s basketball had been an intercollegiate sport at the University of Illinois for some time when a fellow named Leo Hana was put in charge of launching a men’s team in 1905.
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Commenting on University of Illinois sports has been a challenge for some time because there are stretches when the narrative just doesn’t change. Unless, of course, you provocatively change it by suggesting it’s time to soak the program in gasoline and strike a match.
During the Illini vs. Nebraska basketball game Monday night, a Twitter debate raged on about the value Michael Finke had been bringing to the team since Big Ten play began.
Commissioner Jim Delany must be a grouch right now. This is a humbling stretch for the Big Ten Conference.
With slow starts continuing to haunt this University of Illinois basketball season, it’s time to shake things up.
Lovie Smith didn’t slip into hibernation once the University of Illinois football season ended.
More than at any time during the prime of his Hall of Fame coaching career, those who know Lou Henson marvel at what he’s doing right now.
When Tim Beckman’s incompetence brought University of Illinois football to its knees, it was the program equivalent of a double ACL tear.
It was in June, during his first visit to Decatur, that Brad Underwood said something another head basketball coach might have been afraid to put into print.
It’s just not Lovie Smith’s style.
The dilemma with a young football team is whether to make changes that might bring about better play or eliminate changes altogether, hoping simplicity and stability might bring about better play.
CHAMPAIGN — It would be less frightening if this story did not have a Champaign dateline.
Thanks to the quirk of the schedule and the whims of the weather, this weekend turned out to be a perfect time for the University of Illinois to have its one-and-only “bye.”