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“I left something that felt like home,” Casey Washington on return to Illinois

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Casey Washington is officially back at Illinois after receiving an NCAA waiver making him eligible for the 2021 season. Washington transferred from Illinois, landing with Wake Forrest in January. He was with the team briefly through their spring training before deciding to enter the transfer portal for a second time, to try and come back to Illinois.
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Richey | Henson's legacy still strong

CHAMPAIGN — You didn’t grow up in central Illinois in the heyday of Illini basketball and not know Lou Henson. While I might have spent more time at Redbird Arena in Normal watching Illinois State try to battle at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference — it was just an easy half-hour drive from home — I learned about Henson from both my dad and grandpa.
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Brown returns to old stomping grounds

Tyler Brown is going home again. The former Apollo High School and Illinois State basketball star is returning to his former high school, where he’ll serve as an assistant coach with the boys’ hoops program. It’s also a return to the hardwood for Brown, who recently retired from professional basketball.
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Illinois Football: 3 things we learned from Bret Bielema’s media day presser

Here are three things we learned from Illinois football head coach Bret Bielema during the Big Ten Media Day press conference session. Bret Bielema took to the podium to discuss all things Illini football in anticipation of the 2021-22 season. Bielema was hired by Illinois after a brief stint in the NFL with the New England Patriots and New York GIants. Prior to the NFL stops, he was the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Wisconsin Badgers. With the Badgers, he guided the cream of the crop in the Big Ten West to three conference titles in the process.
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Illinois Basketball: Top 5 Illini duos since 2000

The Illinois basketball program has had some great players since 2000, and these great players sometimes form great duos. Lewis and Clark, Batman and Robin, Spaghetti and Meatball; these are all great duos throughout the history of the world. The Illini have produced some great duos as well. These duos have impacted the game with their numbers and have helped take the program to new heights with winning on the court.
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Illinois Basketball: Illini competition could get tougher with Big 12 shake up

The landscape of the college sports world is changing, and the Illinois basketball program, among others, could be affected greatly. Just a few days ago, the news of Big 12 powerhouses Oklahoma and Texas wanting to branch off and join the SEC broke and sent the college sports world in a spiral. As the hours have gone on since the news broke, it seems that the agreement for the two teams to join the SEC is all but signed at this point.
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Watch now: Central Illinois athletes see hope, inspiration in Olympic games 🏅

DECATUR — For Emmy Kovalcik, 17, the Olympic games underway in Japan are a lesson for the young swimmers she teaches. “We have all these little kids that come in,” said Kovalcik, a coach for the Decatur Family YMCA Gators. “It’s a good place for them to be able to watch and see that this is where all their practice goes from the pool, to being able to swim competitively with people from around the world.”
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Illinois reflects on name, image, likeness changes at Big Ten Media Days

On July 1, bills went into effect in many states across the nation regarding NCAA student-athletes’ ability to make money off their name, image and likeness. Now that a few weeks have passed, some of the dust has settled, with various athletes now getting the chance to sign endorsement deals with brands. At the Big Ten Media Days on July 22-23, various Illinois athletes, coaches and directors had the chance to reflect on what these changes mean for Illinois so far and what they might mean in the future.
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Watch now: Illinois looks to embrace leadership, experience of nation-high 22 super seniors

INDIANAPOLIS — It's a unique situation, one that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for a global pandemic. For the first time ever, seniors — who otherwise would've graduated — were granted another season of eligibility by the NCAA due to COVID-19. Perhaps no team in the country has taken advantage of that opportunity more than Illinois. The Illini return 22 super seniors, the most in the nation, and have 40 seniors overall. Every super senior who had the opportunity to suit up for one more campaign in Champaign chose to do so.

‘Illinois is my home’: Cockburn focused on ‘legacy’ in junior season

Kofi Cockburn is back where he belongs. It started as a rocky offseason for Brad Underwood and Illinois, losing multiple assistant coaches, Adam Miller to the transfer portal, and Ayo Dosunmu and Giorgi Bezhanishvili to the pros. However, Underwood has been able to gain some momentum back for the program with the additions of multiple well-known assistant coaches; the returns of Trent Frazier and Da’Monte Williams; additions of Alfonso Plummer, Omar Payne, a trio of freshman sharp shooters; and his second-team All-American back in Champaign for another season.
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Illinois Basketball: Former Illini Leron Black enters the coaching ranks

More former Illinois basketball players are starting to dip their toes into the coaching waters. Illini fans were able to cheer on former forward Brian Randle in the NBA Finals this year. Randle has been coaching in the NBA for quite some time and is currently an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns. Now we have another former player trying to get into the coaching game with Leron Black.