Jack Cassidy

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Jack Cassidy is the managing editor of the Champaign Room, an alum of the University of Illinois, and a Chicago resident. Living and dying with the Illini builds more characters than digging holes.

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3-Star WR Malik Turner Signs With Illinois

Malik is another top prospect from a prominent state high school program. We lose a lot of WR depth from last year, so there is opportunity for playing time. Malik has some size and a lot of speed, so he should battle with the talented JUCOs for some playing time. I'd give him the nod over Mike Dudek right now as the freshmen WR with the best chance to see the field next year.

DB Julian Hylton Signs With Illinois

Hylton is the fastest incoming freshmen. He's a burner. Beckman and Banks recruited him as a CB, and that's where he'll start his career. If he doesn't redshirt, Julian should see time on special teams.

LB Tre Watson Signs With Illinois

Freshman Recruiting Roundup Tre had nice offers from South Florida and UCF, but decided to leave the sunshine state and head to Illinois. Tre is another depth filler in the class at LB. He brings great energy and tackling ability. He too has potential to become a player on this defense. Just like Henry McGrew, though, expect to see him on special teams during his early Illinois days.

National Signing Day 2014


Stay tuned to The Champaign Room for all your National Signing Day news and updates

Wisconsin 75, Illinois 63: We Lost, Quietly


The stadium was empty, the season's ultimate goal was out of reach, and Wisconsin hit garbage 3-pointers. There was no hope on Tuesday night.


Gamethread: Wisconsin vs. Illinois

We're going to win!

Iowa 81, Illinois 74: The Best Game We Ever Lost


Well, maybe not ever. But damn.


Gamethread: Iowa vs. Illinois

Is today the day the losing streak finally ends?

The Coolest Illini in the Universe: Mike Hopkins


Check out Illinois alum Mike Hopkins' January pictures from the International Space Station.

Indiana 56, Illinois 46: My Eyes Hurt


Illinois went into Bloomington, lost, and looked helpless doing it. I'm not sure where they'll find their next win.


GameThread: Illinois vs. Indiana

A season sweep of the Hoosiers would be mighty sweet. How about it, boys?

GIFs: Leron Black Shines on ESPN


Illinois commit Leron Black played on ESPN on Saturday, and he played well. Here are some GIFs.

Roundtable: What's The Deal With Rayvonte Rice?


Rayvonte Rice is struggling lately. Is that due to his injury? Is that due to tougher competition? We discuss.

Josh Brent Sentenced to 180 Days in Prison, 10 Years Probation


Josh Brent has been sentenced to 180 days in jail after being found guilty of intoxication manslaughter, stemming from a Dec. 2012 car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. He faced a possible 20-year sentence. Report via Chicago Tribune

Final: Illinois Gets Winnable Game, Loses


Both teams played poorly enough to lose, and the Illini decided to let Ohio St. have it. This one should have been won.


Game Thread: Ohio St. vs. Illinois

I-L-L...please win.

Josh Brent Guilty Of Intoxication Manslaughter


Josh Brent has been found guilty of intoxication manslaughter after a December 2012 crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

Morning Brew: Fill Out A Perfect Bracket, Get $1B


Here's your scoop on how to get rich, how to follow the Senior Bowl, and how Kendrick Nunn is progressing through his freshman season.

Morning Brew: NCAA Backs Off Transfer Proposals


Your hot cup of morning coffee, including the NCAA, the postgame call-in show and a nice rant about winter break games.


Leron Black Highlight Tape

Enjoy this video of the 6-foot-7 Illini commit doing a lot of basketball things, but mostly dunking.

MSU-ILLINOIS FINAL: A Lame, Boring, Hopeless Loss


Michigan State stifled every run, made every big shot and proved to everyone in Illinois that they are much, much better.

Bracketology: Illini Barely On The Outside


After our resume weakened in every way imaginable, Lunardi still gives the Illini a bit of respect, putting them in his first four out.

Purdue 66, Illinois 58: Out-Toughed


Purdue's A.J. Hammons out-rebounded and out-toughed every Illini player on the floor tonight as the Boilermakers edged out the Illini, 66-58.

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