Illinois Fighting Illini

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Illinois Fighting Illini
Logo
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conference Big Ten
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Mike Thomas
Location Champaign-Urbana, IL
Varsity teams 21 (10 men's, 11 women's)
Football stadium Memorial Stadium
Basketball arena State Farm Center
Baseball stadium Illinois Field
Other arenas Huff Hall
Nickname Fighting Illini
Fight song Illinois Loyalty, Oskee Wow Wow
Colors
     Navy Blue[1]       Orange
Website www.fightingillini.com
Illinois Victory Badge.png

The Fighting 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.

The University operates a number of athletic facilities, including Memorial Stadium for football, the State Farm Center for both men's and women's basketball, the Atkins Tennis Center for men's and women's tennis, and Huff Hall for the women's, the men's wrestling, and the men's teams. The Fighting Illini lay claim to over twenty-five National Championships dating back to 1900.

Organization[edit]

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 13 other primarily midwestern universities. The football team participates in a subdivision within the Division I known as the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Men's Varsity Sports[edit]

Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, tennis, track and field, and wrestling.

Women's Varsity Sports[edit]

Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field.

Club Sports[edit]

men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, women's ice hockey, rowing, men's rugby, women's rugby, tennis, men's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's ultimate frisbee, and women's ultimate frisbee.

Varsity sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1947, 1948, 1962, 1963, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2011, 2013
  • 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, 2011
  • Big Ten Tournament Champions: 1989, 1990, 2000, 2011

Basketball: Men[edit]

  • National Champions: 1915 (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

Basketball: Women[edit]

  • NCAA Sweet Sixteen: 1997, 1998
  • Big Ten Champions: 1997

Cross Country: Men[edit]

  • Big Ten Champions: 1921, 1947, 1984

Fencing: Men[edit]

  • National Champions: 1956, 1958

(Fencing was dropped as a varsity sport in 1993)

Football[edit]

Golf: Men[edit]

Golf: Women[edit]

Gymnastics: Men[edit]

  • NCAA National Champions: 1939-1942, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1989, 2012
  • 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, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Gymnastics: Women[edit]

  • Big Ten Champions: 1990, 1991, 1992

Soccer: Women[edit]

  • NCAA Elite Eight: 2004
  • NCAA Sweet Sixteen: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Big Ten Tournament Champions: 2003, 2011

Softball[edit]

  • NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010

Swimming and Diving: Men[edit]

  • Big Ten Champions: 1911, 1912, 1913

(Men's swimming and diving was dropped as a varsity sport in 1993)

Swimming and Diving: Women[edit]

Tennis: Men[edit]

  • NCAA National Champions: 2003
  • NCAA National Runners-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, 2012

Tennis: Women[edit]

  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010

Track and Field: Men[edit]

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[edit]

INDOOR

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

OUTDOOR

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

Volleyball: Women's[edit]

  • NCAA Runners-Up: 2011
  • NCAA Final Four: 1987, 1988, 2011
  • NCAA Elite Eight: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2011
  • NCAA Sweet Sixteen: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • Big Ten Champions: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992

Wrestling[edit]

The current head coach of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Wrestling team is Jim Heffernan under his 5th season, and 22nd with the University of Illinois. Huff Hall is the current home arena seating approximately 4,500.[4]

  • Big Ten Champions: 1913, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1935, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1952, 2005

Club Sports[edit]

Ice hockey: Men's[edit]

Ice hockey: Women's[edit]

Rowing: Men's and Women's[edit]

See also: Illini Rowing

Rugby: Men's[edit]

Founded in 1963, the University of Illinois Men's Rugby Football Club plays in Division 1-A in the Big Ten Universities conference. The Illini have experienced success in college rugby, including winning several Big 10 championships in the 1980s and reaching the national semifinals in 1980, 1983 and 1985.[5][6] The Illini play their home matches in Urbana at the Complex Fields.

Athletic directors[edit]

Notable sports alumnae[edit]

Athletes[edit]

Other[edit]

Men's Basketball[edit]

1988–1989 season[edit]

Notable Players:

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.

2004–2005 season[edit]

  • Overall record (tournaments included): 37–2
  • Regular season: 29–1
  • Big Ten Conference play: 15–1
  • Head coach: Bruce Weber

Starters:

Story: The first Illinois men's basketball team to be ranked number one in the polls since Lou Henson's "Flyin' 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 at that time 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, on a three pointer by Matt Sylvester in the final seconds of the game.

Controversy[edit]

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 Chief 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 Past Sioux elder, Frank Fools Crow, who 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. A grandson of Fools Crow has stated he disagreed with the way the University used his grandfather's gift.[7]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orange and navy blue were chosen on October 24, 1894, at the University convocation, during a speech by University President Andrew Draper, who called the matter to vote. An excerpt from the aforesaid speech can be accessed by the following link: http://uihistoriesproject.chass.illinois.edu/cgi-bin/cview?SITEID=1&ID=326
  2. ^ http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-golf/recaps/060213aaa.html
  3. ^ The Illini were voted unofficial National Champions in 1927, since the NCAA did not hold a National Championship competition that year.
  4. ^ "2013-2014 Wrestling Quick Facts". University of Illinois Athletics. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ U of I Rugby, Illinois Men's Rugby Football Club, http://uofirugby.com/en/
  6. ^ Rugby Mag, DII Bottom Dweller to DI-A, Illinois Opens BTU Conference Play Saturday, Sep. 27, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/college-premier-league-/5909-dii-bottom-dweller-to-di-a-illinois-opens-btu-conference-play-saturday.html
  7. ^ "U of I says Chief Illiniwek feathers returned; tribe disagrees". Sioux City Journal (Associated Press). 22 January 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • U of I official athletics website