#ThinkB1G In-Foe-Graphic Series: Illinois

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In conjunction with Maryland's historic move to the Big Ten Conference on July 1, Maryland athletics will be taking an in-depth look at its future Big Ten foes. Today we kick off the series by profiling the University of Illinois.


About Illinois

Location: Champaign, Illinois

Founded: 1867

Enrollment: 43,398

Chancellor: Phyllis Wise

President: Robert Easter

Athletic Director: Mike Thomas

Illinois Athletics

School Colors: Orange and Blue

Nickname: Fighting Illini

Joined Big Ten Conference: 1896

Football Stadium (capacity): Memorial Stadium (61,670)

Basketball Arena (capacity): State Farm Center (16,618)

Varsity Teams: 19

Most Successful Sport: Men's Gymnastics - 10 national titles



• All-time basketball record: 1,708-923 (.649)

• Big Ten Championships: 17 (last in 2005)

• Head Coach: John Groce


• All-time football record: 577-536-49 (.518)

• Conference/National Championships: 15/5

• Head Coach: Tim Beckman

Notable Former Athletes

Basketball: Dee Brown, Deron Williams, Luther Head, Deon Thomas, Nick Anderson, Kenny Battle, Jerry Colangelo

Football: Pierre Thomas, Rashard Mendenhall, Brandon Lloyd, Bobby Mitchell, Red Grange

Notable Alumni

Steve Chen ('02) and Jawed Karim ('04): co-founders of YouTube

Roger Ebert ('64): film critic, became first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1975

Sheila Crump Johnson ('70): second-richest black woman in the United States, co-founded Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Jean Driscoll ('91): world-renowned wheelchair athlete, a two-time winner of the Olympic silver medal and eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon

Fun Fact: The Orange Krush

The Fighting Illini's student-run cheer section for basketball games call themselves the Orange Krush. Not only is the Orange Krush one of the nation's premier student sections, but it is also a charity foundation.

Established in 1998, the Orange Krush Foundation is intent on improving the quality of life for the young adults of the Champaign-Urbana and campus community by providing financial support and contributing community service to area non-profic organizations.

Since the inception of the Orange Krush Foundation, Krush members have raised and donated $2 million to charity.