Illinois extends Smith’s contract 2 years after 4-8 season

Football 11/25/18, 13:34

Illinois has extended the contract of coach Lovie Smith for two years through 2023 after the Illini finished his third season with four victories.Athletic director Josh Whitman announced the deal Sunday. Whitman hired Smith, the former NFL head coach who led the Bears to the Super Bowl, soon after he ...

Corbin, Illinois roll over Minnesota 55-31

Football 11/03/18, 20:10

Reggie Corbin rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns — both coming on runs of more than 70 yards — as Illinois defeated Minnesota 55-31 on Saturday.Corbin became the first Illini player to rush for two 70-yard-plus touchdowns in a single game since 1944.Illinois wide receiver Dominic Stampley (6) is ...

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson resigns

Football 10/29/18, 13:24

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson has resigned, citing personal health-related reasons.Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that Nickerson told him it was in the program's "best interest" to leave the staff. The former NFL linebacker had been defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for more than two seasons after joining Smith and ...

Illinois hosts Purdue in Big Ten game with meaning

Football 10/12/18, 04:09

Only a few weeks ago, mentioning a possible bowl bid in the same sentence as Illinois might have earned more than a few chuckles.What a difference a few wins can make.Purdue visits Illinois on Saturday in a game that has implications for the postseason hopes of both teams.The Illini (3-2, ...

Sanders, McSorley lead No. 10 Penn State over Illinois 63-24

Football 09/22/18, 02:30

Miles Sanders set career highs by rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns, Trace McSorley threw for three TDs and ran for a personal-best 92 yards, and No. 10 Penn State scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night.The ...

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