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The ongoing coronavirus epidemic, caused by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), may have caused a crisis for a long-running two-day event of the University of Illinois basketball program. What was originally supposed to be a four-team event featuring the top four teams in the Big Ten and Big East conferences has been canceled for this year. Illinois also announced that it has reached agreement on the dates for the 2016-17 season for both the men's and women's basketball programs.

University of Illinois sports department officials declined to comment on Rothstein's report, other than to say that the 2020-21 schedule is still fluid as all 14 Big Ten conference programs continue to wait for game dates on the league table. If Illinois keeps playing like it has been lately, it has a good chance of beating the Big 12 Ten this season. Illinois is in a playoff spot for the first time since 2010-11, but also wants to shake up the Big Ten West. Many of his opponents are rivals, and Illinois fans probably expect a match against Indiana more than any other team.

The Illinois Panthers are just 1-6 against Nebraska since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, and the Huskers have outscored Illinois 252-142 in that span. Illinois' only victory against Illinois in 2015 was a 31-20 home victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

The Fighting Illinois have won five straight Big Ten games, including a sweep of Purdue and a win over Rutgers when Big Ten play for them in January, but they won't play at Indiana in 2017. The Fighting Illinois went 4-4 in their last eight games against the Cornhuskers last season, and had a 246-194 scoring lead over the Huskers and have wins over Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Iowa State. I'd also pick wins against Purdue (at Rutgers) and Michigan State, but it would have to be the biggest wins of the season.

On March 3, 1911, however, the team appears to have earned the name "Fighting Illinois" as an official designation, as newspaper reports attest. Only a small crowd had come to see the Fighting Illinois match against the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in the first game of the season. Purdue was awful offensively and lost in a game where Illinois wasn't particularly strong offensively. The Wildcats defeated Illinois with 1,073 rushing yards and dominated them 29-10 in Champaign.

The football field was called Zuppke Field, and the Fighting Illinois were shown on the stadium that was given to the university by an Indian chief to symbolize its respect for the history and heritage of the university.

The official team name of the University of Illinois was Fighting Illinois, and the earliest mention of Illinois seems to have come in January 1874, when the campus weekly changed its name from Student to "Illinois" and then from "The Student" to Fighting Illinois. The term "Fighting Illinois" first appeared in a newspaper article of January 29, 1911, describing the efforts of the basketball team in the game against Purdue.

When students and graduates from the University of Illinois began to participate in the war, the use of "Fighting Illinois" was mixed, sometimes referring to the university's sports team and sometimes to soldiers in the war; overlapping use prevailed throughout the war settlement. The Daily Illinois included the term "fighting Illinois" in its title, as well as several other articles.

The term "Fighting Illinois" was first used in connection with the University's sports team, the University of Illinois football team. The earliest use of "Fighting Illinois" appears to have appeared in a newspaper article about the first half of the US Army - the road through the war - and applies combat to a simple adjective describing a team's efforts, albeit an unsuccessful one, just before the end of that first half.

University of Illinois archive staff have not found records indicating the date the slogan "Fighting Illinois" was adopted as an official nickname. The sporting team, which earned its nickname as a formal name in newspaper reports, appeared on March 3, 1911. The records of the Athletic Association are very sparse during this period, but sometime between 1921 and 1930 it was accepted by the general public as an unofficial school name, and sometime after that, sometime in the years 1921 - 1930.

The Chicago Bears play their home games in front of more than 2,000 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

On that day, the Illinois went to the Horseshoe in Columbus and underwent one of the biggest upheavals in program history by beating the Buckeyes to secure a spot in the Rose Bowl. Illinois is 4-1 in Big Ten play and is in second place in the Big Ten standings, but there's no way they'll be able to win against an opposing Big Ten team on their court without beating Purdue and Wisconsin on the road. Illinois basketball has had an outstanding 2019-20 season, finishing fourth in the Conference with a 12-5 record.

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