Illinois coach Lovie Smith has dismissed Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard Watkins Jr. from the team after the players were charged with burglary and robbery.
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Illinois AD Josh Whitman discusses Lovie Smith and the Illinois football team, new basketball coaching hires Brad Underwood and Nancy Fahey, and the Illinois-Missouri rivalry.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Statement from Illinois coach Lovie Smith on the three players arrested today: Darta Lee and Zarrian Holcombe were already suspended from team activities for violations of team rules, and will remain suspended. Howard Watkins has been suspended indefinitely from team activities. These allegations, if true, fail to live up to the standards we expect of our student-athletes. We continue to gather information and will take appropriate steps based upon what we learn.
Illinois edge defender Carroll Phillips could become a good situational pass-rusher for the Jaguars.
Illinois football players Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard "HoJo" Watkins were arrested on armed robbery charges for an alleged incident at a dorm.
With spring practice in the rearview mirror, some teams' stocks are trending in opposite directions. The Badgers? We're buying. Iowa? No so much.
Former Dallas Cowboys LB Dat Nguyen and Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene headline the 2017 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Also, Illinois coach Lovie Smith and former Texas A&M QB Reggie McNeal will be honored Saturday at the Ferrell Center in Waco.
Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer
Source tells me Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr. is signing with the Bengals. Son of former Bucs great Hardy Nickerson. Reports of him signing with the Rams are false.
Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten.
SEC? Nuh-uh. ACC? Not quite. Big 12 and Pac-12? Um, no. From the elite at the top and all the way down, the Big Ten has the best collection of coaches.
All four of the conference's teams that were in the playoff mix -- Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin -- return their starting QBs.
Spring football is a time for hope and the thought that anything is possible, right? Um, no. Here's why your team will be disappointed in the fall.
The departures of key players creates opportunities for the next in line; look for receivers at Nebraska and Northwestern to break out in 2017.
Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer
First unofficial 40 time for Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr., son of former Buccaneers great, Hardy Nickerson: 4.79. Spoke to him at the East-West Shrine Game and he has met with the Bucs. Told me the best piece of advice his dad gave him during this process was, "Control what you can and give it your all." Also told me that playing for his dad last year at Illinois "meant the world."
He's a QB at Illinois, just like his dad was. While Jeff George Jr. might not end up as the starter in the fall, he's making his mark this spring.
Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota must pick QBs. Northwestern and Purdue need playmakers. Wisconsin and Illinois need help on the defensive front.
From Iowa's running game to Wisconsin's linebackers, we examine the biggest strengths of each team in the Big Ten West division.
A win over Rutgers would help Illinois avoid falling to the bottom of the standings, while Western Kentucky's explosive attack could pose problems.
After waiting until April to start spring ball last year, Lovie Smith isn't wasting any time trying to improve on last season's 3-9 record.
Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer
Friday Night Lovie: Illinois and USF have moved up their game one day to Friday, Sept. 15, on ESPN. The Illini now have two Friday night games, as they'll also host Nebraska on Sept. 29 as part of the new Big Ten Friday night package.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Northwestern's Justin Jackson head a talented group of running backs returning to the Big Ten.
The Illini addressed a glaring need to improve the passing attack by adding a weapon at wideout as their highest-rated new addition.
Ohio State stays on top after signing a star-studded class ranked No. 2 in the country and an especially good haul in the defensive backfield.
Maryland became the first Big Ten school other than Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State to sign more than five ESPN 300 recruits.