The Fighting Illini enjoy a rich gridiron tradition that dates back to 1890. It?s a tradition of excellence, both on the field and in the classroom. It?s a tradition fueled with strong support, both from the University of Illinois administration,
and from an extensive fan base.
The Illini take great pride in the fact that the football program has maintained a 91 percent graduate rate for its players over the past seven years.
Academics comes first at Illinois, so it?s very fitting that the first room on our tour of the U of I Irwin Football Complex is the study hall. On the back wall are certificates for more than 200 Illini players who have achieved Academic All-Big Ten status. There are also pictures and statistics on the walls that recognize the players who have achieved high academic honors at the University of Illinois.
This room is really a satellite of the
Irwin Academic Services Center on campus, which is dedicated solely to the needs of varsity student-athletes.