August 2011 Archives
|1||Oklahoma State||Stillwater, Okla.||Big 12||
|2||Oklahoma||Norman, Okla.||Big 12||
|3||Minnesota||Minneapolis, Minn.||Big Ten||
|4||Illinois||Champaign, Ill.||Big Ten||
|5||Tulsa||Tulsa, Okla.||Conference USA||
|6||Iowa State||Ames, Iowa||Big 12||
|7||Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||Big Ten||
|8||South Dakota State||Brookings, S.D.||Summit League||
|9||Southern Illinois||Carbondale, Ill.||Missouri Valley||
|10||Nebraska||Lincoln, Neb.||Big Ten||
|11||Kansas||Lawrence, Kan.||Big 12||
|12||Drake||Des Moines, Iowa||Missouri Valley||
|13||Illinois Chicago||Chicago, Ill.||Horizon||
|14||North Dakota State||Fargo, N.D.||Summit League||
The team is ready, the weather forecast looks great and the lots open bright and early at 7 am, so why not dust off that tailgating gear and get your tickets?
Ryan Lankford highlighted the offensive performance with a diving catch at the goal line to finish the team portion but Terry Hawthorne jumped an out route in the two-minute drill for a pick-six.
Hello, this is Derrick Burson, Associate Sports Information Director, writing to you from the Gran Cafe Roma here in Italy. The Fighting Illini basketball team arrived in Rome following 21 hours of travel. We left campus on Wednesday at 11:30 am and arrived at Chicago O'Hare Airport at 2 o'clock for our 4:30 departure. An eight-hour flight on a Lufthansa Airbus 333 brought us to Dusseldorf, Germany, where we arrived at 7:30 am local time Thursday. To help adjust to the time change, we were encouraged to sleep as much as possible on the flight. Some were successful and some, like myself, tried countless times to fall asleep with little success. But I did enjoy two movies and learned more than I thought possible about lions and their quest for power and control of the Kenyan wildlife reserves thanks to a National Geographic documentary.
The Illini held practice number four on Monday afternoon at Camp Rantoul. After three days of split squad workouts at the Memorial Stadium practice fields, the Illini kicked off their 13th year at Camp Rantoul with their first full squad practice.
It was clear that the intensity picked up on Monday, and it figures to go even higher on Tuesday as the Illini will strap on full pads for the first time this fall. Be on the lookout for the always entertaining Oklahoma Drill video tomorrow night.
After what's seemed like weeks of buildup, the Fighting Illini finally returned the practice field today, beginning preparations for the 2011 season. The team was split into two groups, the orange and blue, so that the young players can get more hands-on instruction. While that certainly helps them learn the ropes faster, it does make for a long day for the coaches and support staff, who are on the field and out in the heat for four-plus hours. By all accounts, day one was a success. It's clear that the team worked hard in the off-season and that they're ready to go this fall.