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4-8, 7th in Big Ten - West

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Illinois is hiring Toledo wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy as its new running backs coach. 247 Sports first reported the move, which brings Bellamy back to his alma mater, where he earned All-Big Ten honors before a lengthy NFL career. Bellamy coached Illinois' wide receivers from 2012 to 2015. He replaces Thad Ward, who recently left to join Rod Carey's new staff at Temple.

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29dTom VanHaaren

Breaking down the Big Ten recruiting classes

The usual suspects -- Michigan and Ohio State -- are near the top of the recruiting rankings again, but the most surprising classes in the conference are at places like Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin.

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36dAdam Rittenberg

Hurricanes WR Thomas won't transfer to Illinois

Wide receiver Jeff Thomas announced on Tuesday night he's going to remain with the Miami Hurricanes after initially stating his intentions to transfer to Illinois.

LB Cooper announces he'll play for Illinois (1:25)
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Battery charges vs. Illinois' Oladipo dismissed

A prosecutor has dismissed domestic battery charges against Illinois defensive tackle Lere Oladipo after both the woman and a witness changed their stories.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, who weeks into the job hired Lovie Smith as football coach, is giving Smith a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season. Smith is just 9-27 in three years with the Illini, but Whitman remains extremely supportive. "This extension demonstrates my belief in Lovie Smith, his staff, and the plan they have for the future success of Illinois football," Whitman said in a prepared statement. "We recognize that our work is far from finished, with improvement needed in every phase of our program's development, but our plan is sound and our resolve is stronger than ever."

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88dDan Murphy

Illinois gives Smith 2-year extension through '23

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman threw his support behind embattled football coach Lovie Smith on Sunday morning in the form of a two-year contract extension.

Smalling makes ridiculous juggling TD catch for Illinois (0:40)
Northwestern strikes again before halftime (0:20)
Wildcats score from 8 yards out (0:22)
Iowa takes punt to the house (0:42)
Stanley extends Iowa's lead with TD pass (0:19)
Iowa blocks punt to set up short field (0:31)
Iowa zooms back scoop-and-score (0:29)
Iowa runs in short TD in 2nd (0:22)
Morgan catches 2nd TD to give Nebraska lead (0:24)
Nebraska QB shows off legs and arm on 1st drive (0:33)
Illinois Corbin has second long TD of the day (0:35)
Illinois WR breaks tackles en route to TD (0:36)
Illinois reels off second 72-yard TD of game (0:25)
Illinois RB shows off speed in 72-yard TD score (0:38)
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115dTom VanHaaren

Illinois DC Nickerson resigns for health reasons

Illini defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson resigned Monday for health reasons, two days after Illinois' defense gave up 712 total yards of offense to Maryland in a 63-33 loss.

Leake runs 64 yards to the house (0:29)

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