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.
Centennial Senior and Illini basketball commit Michael Finke had a huge slam dunk in a Peoria Irish Fall League game. His brother, and teammate Nick Finke couldn't believe what he saw.
The Illinois football team plays Miami (OH) Saturday after a week off. Miami is 123rd in total offense and 120th in total defense (out of 123 schools), but the Illini aren't worrying about those numbers.
Prized 2014 basketball recruit Cliff Alexander trimmed his list to six schools today and the Illini made the cut. The Chicago forward is also considering Arizona, Depaul, Kansas, Michigan State, and Memphis. ESPN ranks him as the second best player in his class, while Rivals has him as the fourth best.
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.
Illini golf senior hopes he can earn a regular spot next season after waiting patiently during his first three years of his career.
Defense looks to replace former stars like Michael Buchanan, Akeem Spence on defensive line
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says he is done with all the negativity from last year. Last season is over, and this year's team has the potential to do big things. The guys inside the locker room might be the only ones thinking that though, after the orange and blue were picked to finish last in the Leaders division.
Tim Beckman was vocal this week about the lack of roster depth he inherited at Illinois, and now he is doing something about it on the recruiting trail. In fact, just days after landing one of the top junior college wide receivers in the country, he got two more verbal commitments Thursday afternoon.
Austin Kim reports from Big Ten Media Day
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.
Danville QB/Safety Trent Sherfield committed to Vanderbilt Thursday. He's one of the top safeties in his class. He also had offers from Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and others. He will likely play defensive back for Vandy.
Illinois will rely on senior guard Joseph Bertrand in the upcoming season. As WCIA 3's Austin Kim reports, he's healthy after shoulder surgery and hungry to compete.
Illinois junior guard Rayvonte Rice is ready to put on the Illini jersey after sitting out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. WCIA 3's Austin Kim has more on how he plans to contribute.
Illinois Head Golf Coach Mike Small qualifies for his 9th PGA Championship and teams up with Wilson Golf to host a clinic for area HS coaches.
Highlights from the IBCA baseball and girls basketball all-star competitions.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Sophomore Ashley Spencer continued her incredible track season as she qualified for the IAAF World Championships in the 400m. Spencer finished third in the 400m at the 2013 USATF National Championships to advance and compete for Team USA in Moscow, Russia August 10-18.
"Today was a great effort by Ashley," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "For her to make her first senior team, in her first try is truly outstanding. This is what she wanted to achieve all year. It was hard to run against that level of competition for three straight days. The race strategy is different in those types of races. She had to work really hard with 150 meters remaining. Her kick with 20 meters left was great. It's super exciting to make your first national team. I'm so happy for her."
Today was really a great effort. For her to make her first senior team in her first try is really outstanding. This is what she wanted all year. It was hard to run against that level of competition. Race strategy is different in these type of races. T
The Illinois football team got together to raise money for a good cause Friday night.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head men's golf coach Mike Small was named Midwest Region Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association on Friday, marking the fourth time in the last five years that he has earned the honor. It also is Small's fifth career regional coach of the year award, as he earned the accolade in 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Small led a very young Illini team to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships after the squad fell to Alabama in the championship match. The Orange and Blue defeated 2012 NCAA champion Texas and top-ranked California during the match-play portion after finishing fifth in stroke play. Illinois also won the Fayetteville Regional, the program's first regional title, and earned its fifth-straight Big Ten championship in 2013 and won its first-ever Big Ten Match Play Championship among six tournament victories, the second-most in program history.
Junior Thomas Pieters, who elected to become a professional following the season and is playing in the Scottish Hydro Challenge on the European Challenge Tour this weekend, notched the fourth-best season scoring average in school history on the way to earning PING third-team All-America and Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Year honors. Freshman
2014 Forward Cliff Alexander from Chicago will visit Illinois on Saturday and has the Illini in his top ten schools, he announced via Twitter. Alexander is the #2 overall player in his class according to espn.com
Illini football coach Tim Beckman talked with WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten about prized transfer West Lunt, Freshman QB Aaron Bailey, and more.
Former Centennial and Illinois standout Trent Meacham just finished an incredible season playing professional basketball in France. He led his team to a championship, while leading them in scoring. However, it was a season that almost never happened. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more.
Steve Stricker is in position to win his first major championship. The former Illini is at even par, one shot back of leader Phil Mickelson (-1) after 54 holes at the US Open. The Final round is Sunday. Stricker is also trying to become the oldest first time major winner at 46 years old.
Illinois track aIllinois track and field standout Ashley Spencer continues to impress.nd field standout Ashley Spencer continues to impress.
Illinois head golf coach Mike Small drops by the WCIA studios to chat with Matt Wettersten.
Justin and Jordan Parr are ready to start their pro careers. Austin Kim has more.
The Illinois men's and women's basketball teams open summer workouts Monday. Each team is allowed two hours per week with their coaches.
Illini shortstop Thomas Lindauer will leave Illinois a year early to sign with the Houston Astros. Illini football and baseball recruit Michael Hermosillo signed with the Angels and will not play for Illinois. Also, former Teutopolis pitcher Derek Thompson signed with the Texas Rangers.
The Illinois women's basketball team is staying busy this summer doing more than working on their own skills. Matt Bollant and the Illini are hosting basketball camps in June. There is still space available. More information can be found at www.fightingillini.com/camps
Illinois also has a golf outing June 24th. They start practice Monday for summer workouts.
Illini senior outfielder Justin Parr was drafted in the 8th round (pick 241 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB Draft Friday. Parr is the first Illini selected. He went undrafted last season, but a huge senior season boosted his draft stock.