University of Illinois Fighting Illini

Cheerleaders for the Illinois Fighting Illini fire up their fans prior to a game.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: With House-Cleaning Done, Heat Is Now On Illini’s Thomas

On Thursday, the bad case of Illini indigestion was finally relieved when Ohio University’s John Groce was announced as the 17th men’s head coach in Illinois history during a press conference at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2012

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Illinois AD: Coaching Search ‘Went According To Plan’

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said most of those reports surrounding the school’s coaching search were completely untrue.

670 The Score–03/30/2012

John Groce. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Groce: Illinois Would Be ‘Foolish’ To Neglect Chicago

While there has been speculation Groce would struggle to recruit out of Chicago, the new coach said recruiting out of Chicago will be a key aspect to his program.

670 The Score–03/30/2012

John Groce and Face Cake guy. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images and AT&T)

Photo: John Groce Look-A-Like

Here’s a picture comparing Groce with the infamous “Face Cake!” guy from the AT&T commercials.

670 The Score–03/29/2012

Luther Head of the Illinois Fighting Illini kisses teammate Dee Brown as they celebrate victory over the Arizona Wildcats

Video: 7-Year Anniversary Of Illinois-Arizona Game

It was seven years ago today that the Illinois men’s basketball team orchestrated the come back of the decade when they erased a 15-point deficit to defeat the Wildcats and advance to the Final Four.

670 The Score–03/26/2012

Bruce Weber. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Wisch: For Illini Hoops, Loyalty Only Goes So Far

This month, when it comes time for Mike Thomas to hire Illinois’ next basketball coach, I expect that he’ll choose the hottest rising one that’s available to him. And he should hire that guy – even if there’s a threat he may one day go elsewhere.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Bruce Weber. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Bruce Weber’s Emotional Postgame Remarks

Check out this video of Bruce Weber addressing the media of Illinois’ loss.

670 The Score–03/08/2012

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Report: Illini’s Beckman Uses Porridge For Punishment

New Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman is serious about his players obeying his rules.

670 The Score–03/07/2012

Meyers Leonard. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Muller: Illini Players Need To Be Held Accountable

While he may likely lose his job after this season, Weber is not the only problem at Assembly Hall.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2012

Chicago Skyline. (credit:

Wisch: Can Illinois ‘Conquer’ Chicago? Mike Thomas Is Going To Try

Last August, Mike Thomas managed to throw down a gauntlet in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2012

Bruce Weber

Weber Has Reached ‘Point Of No Return’

On the heels of Illinois’ 67-62 loss to Purdue on Wednesday night, head coach Bruce Weber delivered a powerful postgame press conference.

670 The Score–02/16/2012

Bruce Weber

Illini AD Thomas Noncommittal Toward Bruce Weber

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show and didn’t exactly give his head basketball coach a vote of confidence.

670 The Score–02/14/2012

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Two Illinois Trustees Vote No On Beckman Over Race

The University of Illinois board of trustees have approved the five-year, $9 million contract for new head football coach Tim Beckman, but the vote was not unanimous.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

Meyers Leonard. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Nebraska Will Have Illini Basketball Seeing (More) Red

Nebraska basketball will have Illinois seeing red at noon today when the Fighting Illini (13-3 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) welcome the Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-3) to campus for the schools’ first meeting in a major men’s sport since Nebraska joined the league.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2012

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and new head coach Urban Meyer. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Wisch: College Twitter Bans Deny (140) Character Building

If a Twitter ban is meant as a form of punishment for bad behavior, I get it. Because, by barring today’s college kids from using the social networking tool, you’re barring them from engaging in a huge part of campus life.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2012

Illini fans at Memorial Stadium.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini Coach Backs Out After Accepting Offer

One day after Jon Tenuta accepted a position in the program, likely as the defensive coordinator, he changed his mind to stay at North Carolina State, citing family reasons for his decision.


Whitney Mercilus rushes against Jack Mewhort. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini’s Mercilus To Enter NFL Draft

Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus announced Tuesday he will enter the NFL draft.

CBS Chicago–01/03/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Report: Illinois Coaches Threaten To Boycott Bowl

Four Illinois football coaches have threatened to boycott the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl if they can’t settle a contract dispute with the university.

CBS Chicago–12/30/2011

Bruce Weber

Weber: Illini ‘Don’t Seem To Give In’

You may not believe it, but the Fighting Illini basketball team is 10-0.

670 The Score–12/16/2011

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

DiNardo Breaks Down Beckman

College football analyst Gerry DiNardo joined The Boers and Bernstein Show to break down the hiring of Tim Beckman and what Illini fans can expect.

670 The Score–12/14/2011