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Encyclopedia > Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois Fighting Illini
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conference Big Ten
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Ron Guenther
Location Champaign, IL
Varsity teams 21 (10 men's, 11 women's)
Football stadium Memorial Stadium (Champaign)
Basketball arena Assembly Hall (Champaign)
Mascot None
Nickname Fighting Illini
Fight song Illinois Loyalty, Oskee Wow Wow
Colors Orange and Blue

              Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ... Big Ten can refer to: Big Ten Conference, a college athletics conference Big Ten (movie studios), the largest movie studios in Hollywood This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Ron Guenther (born October 3, 1945) is the Director of Athletics for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ... A view of Champaign from above (see wider view). ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Illinois Loyalty is the main fight song of the University of Illinois. ... Oskee Wow Wow is the official fight song of the University of Illinois. ...

Homepage fightingillini.com

The Fighting Illini (also known as The Illini) are the intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The University offers 10 men's and 11 women's varsity sports. A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ...


The University operates a number of athletic facilities, including Memorial Stadium for football, the Assembly Hall for men's basketball, and the Atkins Tennis Center for men's and women's tennis. The Fighting Illini lay claim to over twenty-five National Championships dating back to 1900. However, the Illini have won just two National Championships since 1958 — Men's Tennis in 2003 and Men's Gymnastics in 1989. Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Champaign, Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The Assembly Hall The Assembly Hall The Assembly Hall The Assembly Hall is a large dome-shaped indoor arena located in Champaign, Illinois, and is part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ... This article is about the sport. ... Atkins Tennis Center is a tennis complex consisting of 6 indoor and 8 outdoor tennis courts, located in Urbana, Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Organization

The University's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics administers the official athletics teams of the University. All of the University's athletics teams participate in the NCAA's Division I, and form the Big Ten Conference with 10 other primarily midwestern universities. The football team participates in a subdivision within the Division I known as Division I-A. NCAA redirects here. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ... Midwest States (United States of America, ND to OH) The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ...


Men's Sports

Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. This article is about the sport. ... This article is about the sport. ... Youth Cheerleaders during a football halftime show. ... The Minnesota State Highschool Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article is about the sport. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, gracefulness, and kinesthetic awareness, and includes such skills as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... This article is about collegiate wrestling. ...


Women's Sports

Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. This article is about the sport. ... Youth Cheerleaders during a football halftime show. ... The Minnesota State Highschool Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... This article is about the sport. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, gracefulness, and kinesthetic awareness, and includes such skills as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Soft ball is also a sugar stage Softball is a team sport popular around the world but especially in the United States. ... Swimmer redirects here. ... For other uses, see Dive. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ...


Athletic Accomplishments

Baseball

  • Big Ten Champions: 1900, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1921, 1922, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1953, 1962, 1963, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2005

Basketball: Men

  • National Champions: 1915 (Mythical National Championship awarded by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1935)
  • NCAA Final Four: 1949, 1951, 1952, 1989, 2005
  • Big Ten Champions: 1915, 1917, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Big Ten Tournament Champions: 2003, 2005

NCAA Pre-Tournament Era Champions 1915 NCAA Tournament Final Four 1949, 1951, 1952, 1989, 2005 Conference Tournament Champions 2003, 2005 Conference Regular Season Champions 1915, 1917, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 The Illinois Fighting Illini mens basketball team is... A mythical national championship (often abbreviated MNC) is a national championship that is won without a tournament to determine an undisputed national champion. ... The Helms Foundation was founded in Los Angeles in the mid-1930s by Bill Schroader and Paul Helms, and researched records to rank the US top college basketball teams dating back to 1901. ...

Basketball: Women

  • Big Ten Champions: 1997

Cross Country: Men

  • Big Ten Champions: 1921, 1947, 1984

Fencing: Men

  • National Champions: 1958

Football

Head coach Ron Zook 3rd year, 13–22 Home stadium Memorial Stadium (Champaign) Capacity 65,143 - AstroPlay Conference Big Ten First year 1890 Athletic director Ron Guenther Website CoachRonZook. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... The Capital One Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Orlando, Florida at the Citrus Bowl, and previously known as the Tangerine Bowl (1947-1982) and the Florida Citrus Bowl (1983-2001). ... For the stadium, see Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. ... ...

Golf: Men

  • Big Ten Champions: 1923, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1940, 1941, 1988

Gymnastics: Men

  • NCAA National Champions: 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1989
  • Big Ten Champions: 1911, 1912, 1929, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 2004

Gymnastics: Women

  • Big Ten Champions: 1990

Swimming and Diving: Men

  • Big Ten Champions: 1911, 1912, 1913

Tennis: Men

Main article: Illinois Fighting Illini men's tennis
  • NCAA National Champions: 2003
  • NCAA National Runner-up: 2007
  • Big Ten Champions: 1914, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1946, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Big Ten Tournament Champions: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

The Illinois Fighting Illini mens tennis team is a NCAA Division I college tennis team competing in the Big Ten Conference. ...

Track and Field: Men

INDOOR

  • NCAA National Champions: 1921, 1926, 1943, 1945, 1946
  • Big Ten Champions: 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1928, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1988, 1989

OUTDOOR

  • NCAA National Champions': 1921, 1927[3], 1944, 1946, 1947
  • Big Ten Champions: 1907, 1909, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1975, 1977, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994

Track and Field: Women

INDOOR

  • Big Ten Champions: 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996

OUTDOOR

  • Big Ten Champions: 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2005, 2007

Volleyball

  • Big Ten Champions: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992

Wrestling

  • Big Ten Champions: 1913, 1917, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1935, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1952, 2005

Famous athletes

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Noteworthy teams

Men's Basketball: 1988-1989 season

Overall record: (31-5)


Head coach: Lou Henson Lou Henson (born January 10, 1932 in Okay, Oklahoma, USA) is a former collegiate basketball coach. ...

Story: Ranked #1 during the regular season. Known for their athletic style. Defeated in the Final Four of the 1989 NCAA Tournament, by the Michigan Wolverines even though they had defeated them twice during the regular season. Michigan went on to win the National Championship. Stephen Steve Bardo (born April 5, 1968 in Henderson, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player who currently works in broadcasting. ... Kenny Battle (born October 10, 1964 in Aurora, Illinois), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft. ... Kendall Cedric Gill (born May 25, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) starred as a basketball player at three different levels in the state of Illinois. ... Nelison Nick Anderson (born January 20, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former pro basketball player. ... Marcus Liberty (born October 27, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft. ... The 1989 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The University of Michigan features 24 varsity sports teams called the Wolverines, which compete in the NCAAs Division I and in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except mens ice hockey which competes in the NCAA D1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and womens water polo, which...


Men's Basketball: 2004-2005 season

Overall record (tournaments included): 37-2


Regular season: 29-1


Big Ten Conference play: 15-1


Head coach: Bruce Weber For other persons named Bruce Weber, see Bruce Weber (disambiguation). ...


Starters:

Story: The first Illinois men's basketball team to be ranked number one in the polls since Lou Henson's "Flying Illini" of 1989. Illinois won the Big Ten Tournament and were the overall number one seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, eventually losing to the University of North Carolina, the number two overall seed, in the finals, 75-70. This Illinois team tied the NCAA record for most wins in a season with 37 and was undefeated until losing the final game of the regular season at Ohio State by the score of 64-65. Deron Michael Williams (pronounced DARE-in[1]) (born June 26, 1984 in Parkersburg, West Virginia) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is also a former collegiate player for the University of Illinois. ... 2005 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Dee Brown. ... Luther D. Head (born November 26, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Houston Rockets. ... Roger Powell Jr. ... James Augustine (born February 27, 1984 in Midlothian, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player. ... Lou Henson (born January 10, 1932 in Okay, Oklahoma, USA) is a former collegiate basketball coach. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... 2005 Final Four, Edward Jones Dome The 2005 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ...


Symbol and controversy

Main article: Chief Illiniwek
The Chief Illiniwek symbol

A symbol of the University's athletic teams was, from 1926–2007, a Native American figure, Chief Illiniwek, who sparked significant controversy beginning in the 1980s. Critics of the symbol claimed that it was a racist stereotype and a symbol of the oppression to Native Americans that took place in past American history. Supporters claimed that it was inoffensive and a source of pride and reverence to the Native American heritage of Illinois—a view supported by a majority of students and alumni. Past Sioux elder, Frank Fools Crow, made and sold an authentic ceremonial costume and headdress to the university; recently, the Oglala Sioux tribe demanded the costume and headdress back from the university, though this move was opposed by one of Fools Crow's descendants [1]. The Chief Illiniwek symbol Chief Illiniwek performing at a football game Chief Illiniwek was the mascot and official symbol of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign associated with the Universitys intercollegiate athletic programs from 1926 to February 21, 2007. ... Image File history File links Illinilogo. ... Image File history File links Illinilogo. ...


The University was (and is) deeply divided on this issue; while some of the faculty condemned the symbol, the administration remained supportive of it. The University Board of Trustees announced on February 16, 2007, that the Chief's last public performance would be the final home game of the 2006–2007 Men's Basketball season. The name "Fighting Illini" was retained, as the NCAA rescinded its criticism of the use of the term. The name "Fighting Illini" pre-dates the Chief Illiniwek symbol and was bestowed upon the team in honor of Illinoisans who fought in World War I; the use of the name "Illini" dates to the 19th century. At the Chief's last performance on Wed., February 21, 2007, students wore black to honor and mourn the chief's final performance.

  • article and pics
  • Illiniwek's last performance

References

  1. ^ <http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/ill/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2006MG-TheRecordBook.pdf>
  2. ^ A now-defunct organization also voted the Illini as co-champ in 1951. However, the school does not claim this as a "National Championship
  3. ^ The Illini were voted unofficial National Champions in 1927, since the NCAA did not hold a National Championship competition that year.

See also

The Marching Illini (MI) is the marching band of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ...

External links

The Big Ten Network is a television network in the United States launched on August 30, 2007. ...

 
 

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