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Bret Bielema’s Culture Building Showed in His Absence Saturday

Bret Bielema’s Culture Building Showed in His Absence Saturday

Even without its first-year head coach, Illinois played like it more than belonged on a field against a Big Ten West power. Something they haven’t bragged in past years. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

November 21, 2021

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Look, I wanted to know how this plan would work for Illinois without Bret Bielema. 

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Mike Cagley's Heat Checks and Hail Marys - Iowa

Mike Cagley's Heat Checks and Hail Marys - Iowa "Measuring Tape" Reveals Much

Mike Cagley, IlliniGuy November 21, 2021 The Illini traveled […]

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Illini’s Offense Races to 10-0 Lead & Vanishes 

Illini’s Offense Races to 10-0 Lead & Vanishes 

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Illini Start Strong, But Come Up Short In Loss to #18 Hawkeyes

Illini Start Strong, But Come Up Short In Loss to #18 Hawkeyes

IlliniGuys Staff November 20, 2021 (Cover photo courtesy Hawk […]

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Game Preview: Where Do Illini Coaches Believe This Illinois-Iowa Matchup Be Won? Second Down

Game Preview: Where Do Illini Coaches Believe This Illinois-Iowa Matchup Be Won? Second Down

While first down gets a lot of attention and third down is statistically tracked, Bret Bielema & Ryan Walters know second down is where this Illini defense makes plays. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

November 20, 2021

Game Preview: Illinois at No. 17 Iowa

Date/Time/Place: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021: 1 p.m. CST, Kinnick Stadium (Iowa City, Iowa).

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Football Recruiting Spotlight on TJ Griffin

Football Recruiting Spotlight on TJ Griffin

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst

November 11, 2021

Illinois added its second defensive commitment in two days with TJ Griffin from Palos Hills Stagg High School as the staff has gotten busy recruiting during the bye week.

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IlliniGuys - Illini vs Iowa Predictions

IlliniGuys - Illini vs Iowa Predictions

The Illini are going to Iowa City without head […]

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Meet The New (Temporary) Boss...Illini Acting Head Coach George McDonald

Meet The New (Temporary) Boss...Illini Acting Head Coach George McDonald

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema confirmed Tuesday evening he is currently in isolation as he begins the medical protocols after testing positive for coronavirus. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

November 18, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Fans of the Illinois football program should obviously be familiar with the acting head coach of their favorite team this weekend. 

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Denmark OL Moller talks about recruiting

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Denmark OL Moller talks about recruiting

Kedric Prince - IlliniGuys.com Director of Recruiting

November 16, 2021

The Fighting Illini football program is taking its recruiting pitch to a new level, crossing the pond for a potential recruit.

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Bielema Tested Positive For COVID-19 Monday Evening; Illini Head Coach Currently in Isolation

Bielema Tested Positive For COVID-19 Monday Evening; Illini Head Coach Currently in Isolation

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema confirmed Tuesday evening he is currently in isolation as he begins the medical protocols after testing positive for coronavirus. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

November 16, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Bret Bielema confirmed Tuesday evening he is currently in isolation as he begins the medical protocols after testing positive for coronavirus. 

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BREAKING NEWS: Illini Head Coach Bret Bielema Tests Positive For COVID-19; Will Not Travel With Illini to Iowa This Weekend

BREAKING NEWS: Illini Head Coach Bret Bielema Tests Positive For COVID-19; Will Not Travel With Illini to Iowa This Weekend

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for […]

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Illinois Agrees to Multi-Year Extension With Defensive Coordinator Ryan Walters

Illinois Agrees to Multi-Year Extension With Defensive Coordinator Ryan Walters

Illinois announced a new three-year contract extension for defensive […]

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Recruiting: Illini Commit T.J. Griffin Talks To IlliniGuys

Recruiting: Illini Commit T.J. Griffin Talks To IlliniGuys

Each year in college football, there is a great story where some team will have a hidden gem, which means the coaching staff defied the star system and saw talent.

That is the case with the most recent Illinois commit T.J. Griffin.  The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back was recently offered by Illinois and he proudly accepted it and is ready to let people know who he is.

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Recruiting: Spotlight on Terrell Jones

Recruiting: Spotlight on Terrell Jones

Illinois added its first in-season commitment Monday with Terrell Jones from football powerhouse Hoover, Alabama.  Jones is a late blooming defensive end who fills a real hole in this year's recruiting class after the loss of defensive end Brian Allen.  And, while I was disappointed to lose a solid player in Allen, I think Illinois came out on top with his replacement in Jones.

What does he bring to the Orange and Blue?

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The Trench Report: Minnesota

The Trench Report: Minnesota

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst

November 9, 2021

If you've been reading this report through the year, then this week's big win over Minnesota shouldn't have been a big surprise.

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