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Illinois transfer Ahmad Starks denied eligibility for 2013-14 season

On Tuesday, the NCAA refused to approve the hardship waiver petitioned by Illini point guard Ahmad Starks. After transferring from Oregon State, he was hoping to play his senior season in orange and blue in order to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Chicago. The NCAA's reason for denying the request was because Starks' home is more than 100 miles from Champaign, Ill. Though a seemingly understandable r ...

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The Illini Offense Struggles Against Washington

    Illinois was held to a season-low in points today.   CHICAGO- The Illini came into Soldier Field today hoping to continue their unbeaten season and make their "Chicago Homecoming" something special. Unfortunately, that would not happen as the U of I lost to Washington 34-24. The Illini had difficulty in the first half. They gained yards but they were unable to find the end zone. Their fir ...

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The Illini Offense Has Their Work Cut Out For Them

  Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase leads the Illini into Soldier Field on Saturday.   The Illinois Fighting Illini football program is 2-0 for just the third time in nine years which is always a welcome sight. What's even better is the fact the Illini offense has scored a combined 87 points in their first two games this year. They have also gained a total of 986 yards. But that's where all th ...

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4-star Point Guard Quentin Snider Commits to Illinois

Quentin Snider has turned John Groce's 2014 recruiting class from good to great by committing to the Illini on Thursday night. The 6'1" 170 lb. point guard from Louisville, Kentucky chose Illinois over UCLA. Word started to leak out on Tuesday that Illinois would be the destination for Snider. Snider originally had been committed the Louisville, which makes him the second player in a row that Illinois has g ...

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Oklahoma St. QB Wes Lunt Transferring to Illinois

Former 4-star quarterback Wes Lunt, from Rochester, IL and Oklahoma State University, will be transferring to Illinois. Lunt chose Illinois over Louisville after visiting both universities. The news was first reported by Zach Kerker from channel1450.com and then later by ESPN's Joe Schad. The soon-to-be sophomore QB chose Illinois because he believes he's a good fit for new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit' ...

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Darius Paul to Transfer to Illinois, Hoping to Find the Success His Brother Did

Brandon Paul may be leaving the Fighting Illini this year as he will enter the 2013 NBA Draft, but not before his younger brother takes a spot on that very same roster. Western Michigan forward Darius Paul is opting to move to Champaign and play while attending the University of Illinois. He broke the news via Twitter on Saturday: His brother Brandon responded by retweeting the statement and instagramming a ...

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A Higher Seed is Not Always Better

ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s projections had placed the Illinois Fighting Illini above a #10 seed in recent weeks. In a recent scenario by Lunardi, he had the Illini as a #8 seed, and their first round game would have been against #9 Oregon (in the west region). If they won, they would have faced #1 Gonzaga, whom Illinois beat earlier this year. Most recently, he had the Illini placed as a #9 seed. The ...

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Illinois vs. Michigan Recap

With the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines in town, Assembly Hall was packed with Illini fans. Within the games first seconds, a big time slam by Illinois sophomore big man Nnanna Egwu got the stadium rocking. Unfortunately for the Champaign faithful in attendance, inside points were at a premium for the Illini. Illinois was outscored 42-32 inside and couldn’t keep their three-point shot alive, as they fell to Mich ...

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Interview with Wheaton Warrenville South QB Reilly O’Toole

ChiCitySports had the opportunity to catch up with Reilly O'Toole from Wheaton Warrenville South. O'Toole has committed to the University of Illinois and will be playing for the Illini. PH:  Why did you choose Illinois over all the other schools that were recruiting you? Reilly: They recruited me from the beginning. They were one of the first schools to contact me. I got to know the coaches there really wel ...

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Interview: Illini SG Crandall Head

Joining me today is Illini Freshman Shooting Guard, Crandall Head. PH:  How much did your older brother Luther Head affect your decision to go there? CH: My brother didn't have much to do with me coming here. PH: What number are you going to wear? CH: I'm going to wear number 4 like my brother. PH:  Have you had a chance to play with your new teammates yet? CH:  Yeah, we have been playing in open gym everyd ...

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