The University of Illinois first burst on the college sports scene with the arrival of coaching legend Robert C. Zuppke. From 1914 to 1928 Zuppke led the Fighting Illini to four National Championships, posting a record in those years of 28-1-1. They captured an additional National Championship in 1951 under head coach Ray Eliot.
Football laid the foundation for a number of long-standing, successful sports programs. Illinois athletic teams have won 25 National Championships, most recently in menâ€™s tennis (2003) and Read the rest of this entry »
The most noted sport in the history of the University of Illinois, is the men’s basketball team, and the sweet 16 appearances they have made, as well as taking it all in a few tournament years. There are other sports, including women’s basketball, and the football team, which have performed well throughout the year of the school’s history, but for the overall run in school sports, the men’s basketball team, has been the most note worthy team in the schools history. They Read the rest of this entry »
The University of Illinois is a NCAA Division 1 school, Big Ten Conference, with athletic facilities in football, tennis, basketball, baseball, cross country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, softball, cheerleader, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, soccer and wrestling. The school has also won and competed in many NCAA championships taking home over 160 Big Ten Championships in all of the various sports. Volleyball, wrestling, outdoor track and field, men’s tennis, men’s gymnastics, men’s basket ball and baseball are the school’s top championship winning sports throughout Read the rest of this entry »
The University of Illinois has turned out some great players, and has sent many players into the pros. One of the most notable stars from the university is Dick Butkus, which was not only a player early on in his career, but also one of the most prolific NFL coaches that has gone throught the league. Although his playing career in the NFL was brief, Butkus coached in the league for nearly 20 years, and when playing at the University of Illinois, was also a star player for the team. Didn’t catch that? This explains it.
Another well known star from the school is Seattle Seahawks great Brandon Lloyd, who was a leading rusher when playing at the university, and is still a great back playing for the Seahawks in the NFL today. Pierre Thomas is another one of the most notable running backs to make it out of Illinois, and was a member of the New Orleans Saints Superbowl Championship team in recent years.
Alan Ball and Vontae Davis are two other big name alumni from the university. The school has turned out some great NFL stars, many of which are still playing for their respective teams in the NFL today, and are big name players in the league.
The University of Illinois is widely known as a powerhouse athletic program in intercollegiate competition, featuring an impressive roster of athletic squads. Most likely you are already familiar with the exploits of the Fighting Illini football and men’s basketball teams, who are often nationally ranked. However, the university also fields many other varsity teams that you may be less familiar with.
In fact, on the varsity level the University of Illinois competes in ten different men’s sports, and eleven women’s sports. On the men’s side of things, the Fighting Illini compete in Read the rest of this entry »