University of Illinois

University of Illinois

In America, this Aussie rules

URBANA — Blake Hayes went through a crash course in punting in his final month in Australia, refining his technique with his ProKick Austalia coaches Nathan Chapman and John Smith before leaving for Illinois.

Hayes got another crash course when he got on campus, tapping the resource of fellow Aussies Zac Holman, Tyson Bull and Aleks Vukic.

Illinois soccer: On solid footing

Hit the road

After facing Missouri on Aug. 18 to open the season, Illinois will play DePaul and Washington at home. Seven straight road matches follow, including a trip to Oklahoma in mid-September and the start of Big Ten play at Ohio State and Penn State.

Jim Dey: A fistful of political hot potatoes

A week ago, University of Illinois President Tim Killeen was juggling — behind the scenes — two political hot potatoes.

Illini Training Camp 2017: For young team, the focus is on 'daily improvements'

CHAMPAIGN — Larry Boyd is hard to miss on the football field, checking in at 6-foot-6 and 360 pounds. The St. Louis native's stature basically screams Big Ten offensive lineman.

Loren Tate: Illini success a battle with continuity

Dating to Ray Eliot's last season in 1959, Illinois has had 13 head football coaches in the past 58 years, including four in the past six years. Over nearly six decades, that averages out to a new leader — a system broken and reshaped — every 4½ years. You can see how that has worked out.

Sizing up the end of the line: Crawford has 'natural feel in how to rush'

CHAMPAIGN — James Crawford put his weight between 185 and 188 pounds when he arrived at Illinois in 2013 as a three-star safety out of Deerfield, Fla., and powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

Part 40: Favorite times and places of behind-the-camera TV stars

With the UI celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of former students and staff who've gone on to big things. Every Tuesday throughout 2017, Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 40: TV stars.

A perfect blend of comedy and romance

URBANA — Nisi Sturgis and Jordan Coughtry have acted in 18 professional shows together, with their latest at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington.

Married for nearly four years, the couple calls it a real gift to be able to share the stage so often.

After nearly 20 years in Rantoul, Illini feel at home at new practice facility

URBANA — While he feels bad for the folks in Rantoul who'd grown accustomed to hosting the Illini for football training camp each summer, Jim Bean sure is happy to have his favorite college team kicking off the preseason a little closer to home these days.

UI, John Wood Community College mark 40 years of ag partnership

Former University of Illinois President Bob Easter will help commemorate a 40-year agricultural partnership between the UI and John Wood Community College in Pike County.