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- Ex-Michigan QB Peters to Illinois as grad transfer
- NCAA upholds denial of Illinois TE Ford's waiver
- Illinois DL Roundtree suffers severe spinal injury
- New Illinois TE Ford has eligibility denied
This year's recipient of the dubious honor of easiest nonconference schedule is Baylor, but the list is dominated by SEC and Big Ten teams.
Quarterback Brandon Peters announced on Tuesday that he is transferring to Illinois, where he will attend graduate school and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Ford transferred from Georgia to Illinois, saying he wanted to be closer to his ailing grandfather as the main reason for his decision.
Fighting Illini defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree is recovering from surgery following a severe spinal injury suffered during a swimming accident.
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According to Luke Ford's father, Tim, the family has retained attorney Tom Mars to appeal the NCAA's decision to deny Luke's waiver for immediate eligibility at Illinois.
Tight end Luke Ford, who transferred from Georgia to Illinois had his request for immediate eligibility denied.
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Receiver A.D. Miller, who had announced he would be transferring to Illinois, has decided to rejoin the Oklahoma Sooners.
Whether it was pushing for B1G expansion or pushing back against a playoff, Jim Delany has been central to every big CFB debate for three decades.
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Source: Illinois is hiring Toledo wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy as its new running backs coach. 247 Sports first reported the move, which brings Bellamy back to his alma mater, where he earned All-Big Ten honors before a lengthy NFL career. Bellamy coached Illinois' wide receivers from 2012 to 2015. He replaces Thad Ward, who recently left to join Rod Carey's new staff at Temple.
The usual suspects -- Michigan and Ohio State -- are near the top of the recruiting rankings again, but the most surprising classes in the conference are at places like Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Wide receiver Jeff Thomas announced on Tuesday night he's going to remain with the Miami Hurricanes after initially stating his intentions to transfer to Illinois.
Former Oklahoma receiver A.D. Miller has transferred to Illinois, the school announced Monday.
The SEC has busted the curve at the midterm point with three teams earning A-plus grades.
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A prosecutor has dismissed domestic battery charges against Illinois defensive tackle Lere Oladipo after both the woman and a witness changed their stories.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Senior Writer
Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, who weeks into the job hired Lovie Smith as football coach, is giving Smith a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season. Smith is just 9-27 in three years with the Illini, but Whitman remains extremely supportive. "This extension demonstrates my belief in Lovie Smith, his staff, and the plan they have for the future success of Illinois football," Whitman said in a prepared statement. "We recognize that our work is far from finished, with improvement needed in every phase of our program's development, but our plan is sound and our resolve is stronger than ever."
Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman threw his support behind embattled football coach Lovie Smith on Sunday morning in the form of a two-year contract extension.