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3-9, 6th in Big Ten - West
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Illini plan performance center, not stadium tweaks

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says plans for a $132 million renovation at Memorial Stadium are on hold and instead the school will break ground next year on a stand-alone football performance center.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Illinois player Simon Cvijanovic feels validated that his 2015 Twitter rant against former coach Tim Beckman was not in vain. It led to an investigation, Beckman's ouster and, this week, a $250,000 settlement from the university.

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23dAdam Rittenberg

Cvijanovic hopes Illini settlement spurs others

Simon Cvijanovic is hoping his injury settlement with Illinois will inspire other athletes to follow suit, and he wants to help them do that.

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26dAdam Rittenberg

Illini to pay Cvijanovic $250K in settlement

The University of Illinois will pay former football player Simon Cvijanovic $250,000 in a settlement to compensate for injuries and medical expenses he sustained while playing under former coach Tim Beckman.

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30dDan Murphy

Illini dismiss 3 players arrested for burglary

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.

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.

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45dAdam Rittenberg

Illini trio arrested on armed robbery charges

Illinois football players Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard "HoJo" Watkins were arrested on armed robbery charges for an alleged incident at a dorm.

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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.

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Illinois athletic department lost $6.2M in 2016

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.

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."

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121dJesse Temple

Biggest questions for teams in Big Ten West

Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota must pick QBs. Northwestern and Purdue need playmakers. Wisconsin and Illinois need help on the defensive front.

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124dJesse Temple

Biggest strengths of teams in Big Ten West

From Iowa's running game to Wisconsin's linebackers, we examine the biggest strengths of each team in the Big Ten West division.

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