Illinois basketball coach John Groce, who was on an airplane during a recruiting trip Tuesday as news spread of player Darius Paul’s early-morning arrest on charges of underage drinking and obstructing a police officer, has issued the following statement:
Darius Paul, an Illinois forward who sat out the 2013-14 season after transferring from Western Michigan, was arrested early Tuesday morning by university police for underage drinking and obstructing a police officer.
INDIANAPOLIS — After Thursday’s Illinois victory over Indiana in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, talk was flying around Illini Nation that one more win would put John Groce’s team on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Much likelier: the Illini still needed to win at least three games here to get into the Big
Illinois held its Pro Day on Thursday, with scouts from 18 NFL teams flocking to Champaign to watch a number of former Illini players perform NFL Combine-style drills. Some of the numbers that really pop out: wide receiver Ryan Lankford’s blazing 4.36-second 40-yard dash, wide receiver Steve Hull’s very solid 4.54 and 6-6¾, 253-pound tight
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ game against Michigan tonight is big. Big for the Illini, who could lock up (if they haven’t already) no worse than an NIT berth with a victory. Big for the Wolverines, who could lock up the outright Big Ten title. This one matters a lot for another, more sentimental reason: It’s Illinois’
A lot of people at Illinois believe the Illini are in pretty good shape as far as getting into the NIT this season. A member of the athletic department made sure to tell me so on Wednesday night in Champaign. This was before the Illini beat Nebraska — presumably, strengthening their postseason chances — and
Houston Bates, the starter at the LEO position on Illinois’ defense in 2013, will skip his senior season at the school to transfer somewhere closer to his home in Louisiana. According to the school, Bates will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in community health and will be eligible to play immediately at a
A week ago, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas strongly indicated to the Sun-Times that the Illini men’s basketball team will compete in the postseason CBI tournament if extended an invitation in March. On Tuesday, a spokesman for the CBI called Thomas’ words in that story a “compliment” to the tournament and indicated that Illinois —
Newsflash: Illinois will not be playing in the NCAA Tournament next month unless it gets on a crazy, Hoosiers-style run and wins the Big Ten tournament. That was a reference to the Gene Hackman film of nearly 30 years ago, not the Tom Crean horror flick currently playing out in Bloomington, Ind.
Tracy Abrams, the Illini junior point guard who missed most of last Sunday’s game at Indiana because of back spasms, “looked good” on Thursday and Friday and should be in the starting lineup Saturday night against Iowa, according to coach John Groce.