A prosecutor has dismissed domestic battery charges against Illinois defensive tackle Lere Oladipo after both the woman and a witness changed their stories.
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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."
- Battery charges vs. Illinois' Oladipo dismissed
- Illinois gives Smith 2-year extension through '23
- Illinois DC Nickerson resigns for health reasons
- Illinois backup quarterback Thomas quits team
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.
Clayton Thorson accounted for three touchdowns, Isaiah Browser rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries and No. 20 Northwestern beat Illinois 24-16 on Saturday for its seventh straight Big Ten win.
Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday.
Adrian Martinez threw for 290 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Devine Ozigbo ran for 162 yards and three scores to lead Nebraska past mistake-prone Illinois 54-35 on Saturday.
Reggie Corbin rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns -- both coming on runs of more than 70 yards -- as Illinois defeated Minnesota 55-31 on Saturday.
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.
Javon Leake rushed for three touchdowns and scored on a 97-yard kickoff return, Kasim Hill had the best passing game of his career and Maryland rolled past Illinois 63-33 Saturday.