Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Dec. 30, 2018

Leonard "Tank" Charpier, a graduate of Curtis High School in Chicago, was an all-conference guard and fullback in each of the two respective seasons he lettered at Illinois (1916 & '17) for Coach Bob Zuppke.

After one season of playing for the Racine Cardinals (1920), he studied medicine and eventually became a surgeon at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago's south suburbs.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Dec. 23, 2018

Of the 44 pairs of brothers who have earned varsity letters as members of the Illini wrestling program, the very first siblings — Joe and Allen Sapora — stand out above the others.

The natives of Renova, Pa., a small lumbering community 178 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, matriculated to the University of Illinois and had legendary collegiate careers.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Dec. 16, 2018

Eighteen years ago today – Dec. 16, 2000 – coach Bill Self’s fifth-ranked Illini basketball team won a United Center brawl against No. 7 Arizona, 81-73. Intense play between Illinois and the Wildcats resulted in 53 total fouls. Led by Marcus Griffin’s 15 points, four other Illini scored in double figures.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Dec. 9, 2018

Martin O'DonnellIf fans were asked to name the top three players from the 2007 Illinois football team, chances are Martin O'Donnell's name might not often be mentioned.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | Dec. 2, 2018

When his college eligibility ran out following the 2001 Illini football season, only three names preceded Rausell "Rocky" Harvey's on Illinois' career rushing list: Robert Holcombe, Thomas Rooks and Jim Grabowski.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Nov. 25, 2018

The 20th edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off Monday with a pair of inter-conference basketball battles: Nebraska at Clemson and Minnesota at Boston College.

The unranked Illini men's basketball team heads up Interstate 57 to take on Notre Dame at the Joyce Center on Tuesday night. The Fighting Irish have been predicted to finish eighth in the ACC this season.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Basketball in Hawaii

This coming week the University of Illinois men's basketball team boards a jet for a 4,000-mile-plus flight to Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. Dating back to December of 1970, it's the 12th time Illini hoops has made the nine hour trip over the Pacific Ocean.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Nov. 11, 2018

Observed annually on Nov. 11, Veterans Day (known as Armistice Day until 1954) was initiated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, exactly one year after World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Nov. 4, 2018

This Thursday, as Brad Underwood enters his second season as head coach of the Illinois men's basketball team, he does so with a roster of players that features nine freshmen and sophomores, and a 2018-19 schedule stacked with 16 opponents that racked up at least 20 victories.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Oct. 28, 2018

Fifty-two years ago this week—Oct. 29, 1966— Illinois defensive back Phil Knell set a school record by intercepting three passes from Purdue quarterback Bob Griese. The former Mahomet-Seymour star wound up with a total of seven picks that season, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors.

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