Update: 10:23 pm UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The Fighting Illini Football Team is headed to Dallas to play Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's Friday before game day and you know what that means.
CHAMPAIGN -- Central Illinois is gearing up for football season. It means giving the Illini a boost.
CHAMPAIGN -- While high school football practice begins Monday, the Fighting Illini have been suiting up for a week.
WCIA 3's Aaron Bennett and illiniboard.com's Robert Rosenthal talk Illini football with WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten.
Illini recruiting target Aaron Jordan was one of the recruits at the Illini Street Jam event Saturday night. He discusses the event and where Illinois ranks on his list.
Nathan Scheelhaase threw five touchdown passes, four of them to the tight ends. It's another dimension to give the offense a balanced look.
The Illinois basketball season tipped off tonight right in the heart of campus town. Green Street was shut down at Wright and fans flocked to watch the Illini basketball players put on a show. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has the story.
Nathan Scheelhaase three five first half touchdown passes leading Illinois to a 5-14 win over Miami (OH). The Illini improve to 3-1.
Robert Rosenthal from illiniboard.com joins Matt Wettersten to break down the Illinois vs Washington football game.
The Illinois basketball team spent time this summer training with former Navy SEALs. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten takes an inside look at a workout and how it will help the team this season.
Jeremy Werner from ESPN radio and Robert Rosenthal from illiniboard.com join WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten to talk about the Illini win over Cincinnati.
The Illinois football team picked up a huge win over Cincinnati Saturday 45-17. Nathan Scheelhaase connected with 11 different receivers, passing for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Illinois improves to 2-0.
Former Illini Steve Stricker finished second at the Deutsche Bank Championship to qualify for the US Presidents Cup team. It will be the fifth time he's made the team. Team USA takes on the International team in October.
Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks coached at Cincinnati before coming to the U of I. He coached and recruited many of the current players there.
University of Illinois senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday for his performance in the season-opening victory over Southern Illinois Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
WCIA 3's Aaron Bennett and illiniboard.com's Robert Rosenthal join WCIA's Matt Wettersten to break down the Illinois football victory over Southern Illinois.
Illini soccer's Jannelle Flaws nets her first career hat trick leading the Illini over Illinois State 5-1. Illinois improves to 3-1.
Nathan Scheelhaase led the Illini offense to 42 points thanks to a career day passing. He threw for 416 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Illinois showed aggressiveness before halftime to continue to put points on the board. It may be a sign of things to come.
John Groce landed a big verbal commitment from 2014 forward Leron Black Sunday morning. He's a 6'7" forward out of Memphis. Black is rated as a five star recruit and the 22nd best prospect by Rivals.com. He is a four star recruit according to ESPN.com. Black joins Michael Finke as verbal commitments for the class of 2014.
Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career high 416 yards as the Illini held on late to defeat Southern Illinois 42-34 in the season opener. Illinois had a 39-17 lead late in the third quarter, but SIU made a comeback to make things interesting. The Illini made a key stop on fourth down inside their own five yard line with less than a minute to go to seal the win. Scheelhaase was 28-36 for 416 yards passing and two touchdowns. Ryan Lankford had 115 yards receiving, while Josh Ferguson had 103 yards receiving and his first career touchdown. Ferguson also rushed for 49 yards. The Illini running game struggled, only netting 49 total yards. Illinois hosts Cincinnati next Saturday.
Leron Black is on the U of I campus this weekend for an official visit and was at the Illinois football game against Southern Illinois. He's a five star forward (2014) out of Memphis, Tennessee. According to multiple reports, the Illini are in good position to land Black. He is also considering Baylor, Indiana, and Tennessee.
Illini football coach Tim Beckman will spend plenty of time coaching the Illini this fall, but he'll also be keeping an eye on his son Alex on Friday nights. Alex is the starting quarterback for the Urbana Tigers.
Expectations remain high for the Illinois volleyball team. However, after last season's disappointment, they're hungry to get back to the top.
Illinois defensive back Earnest Thomas is ready to lead the Illini secondary this season. It is a new role for the Junior.
The Illinois offensive line feels it is much improved from last season.
Former Illini Trent Meacham leaves this week to play professional basketball in France. He spent the off season working out with future Illini Michael Finke. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten gives an inside look at one of their early morning workouts.
Greg Colby is back with Illinois coaching the defensive line, WCIA 3's Austin Kim has more on the Illini coach.
Beckman speaks at Big Ten Media Day
Second-year coach says Scheelhaase will begin season as starter
4-star JUCO wide receiver says "yes" to Beckman
Illini basketball player helping sell football tickets
New Illini track coach hasn't spoken with NCAA champ yet
Illini golf coach aims for 5th career title
Alex Beckman, the son of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman, is the favorite to take over at quarterback for the Urbana Tigers this season. WCIA 3's Austin Kim has more on how he plans to fit in.
Centennial quarterback and Illini recruiting target Jimmy Fitzgerald is getting lots of attention from D-1 schools and as the focal point in the Chargers' offense. WCIA 3's Austin Kim has more on how he's handling the extra attention.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas has announced the hiring of Ron Garner as the Fighting Illini's women's track and field head coach. Garner returns to Illinois with over 25 years of collegiate experience, including serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Illini women's track and field team from 1991-1998. Garner will be in Champaign Tuesday and will be made available for interviews at that time.
"It's terrific to be able to bring back a coach who was part of so much success here at Illinois," Thomas said. "Ron played a huge role in six Big Ten championships won by our teams and individuals during his first tenure here. He has a fantastic reputation as a recruiter and in developing championship-level student-athletes, and has a great love for the University of Illinois. I know his wife, Disa, one of our all-time great volleyball players, is also excited to return to her alma mater."
"It's a very humbling experience to be able to return to a place I have been before," Garner said. "My experience was so positive the first time and truly developed me as a professional. Illinois is a special place. It's a great academic institution and the qu
Illinois women's basketball freshman Kennedy Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked her at the 14th best point guard in the nation.
Former Illini retires from Cowboys, awaits trial for intoxication manslaughter.
Guthrie, Points hope to put shaky J.D.C. performances behind them.
Illinois soccer's winningest coach stays in Champaign
Former Illini returns for 24th year of golf outing
Langley not joining Guthrie, Points at British Open
Linebacker named to 3rd preseason watch list
Oakwood-grad will be third-generation Illini
Former Illini paired together during final round of John Deere Classic
Stricker misses late chances to crack top 10 leader board
Joe Affrunti, Scott Langley, and Steve Stricker will advance to weekend play.
Five former Illini tee off in round one of John Deere Classic
Illini linebacker on watch as one of nation's top defenders