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Illinois News: Co-Defensive Coordinator Tim Banks pleased with defensive improvement

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We're not the '85 Bears, but our guys are working hard and playing with confidence. We haven't accomplished anything yet. We have our work cut out for us next week in a challenging environment."

Illinois Co-Defensive Coordinator Tim Banks via The Detroit News

"No. 7 Illinois swept Wichita State (25-19, 25-13, 25-13) to win the Shocker Volleyball Classic on Saturday night at Koch Arena. WSU finished second, but a distant second behind the Illini, who controlled the match and gave the crowd no reason to try to influence the atmosphere."

- Paul Suellentrop, The Wichita Eagle

The Fighting Illini had a big weekend in volleyball as the team won the Shocker Classic in dominant fashion. After winning its first two matches 3-0 and 3-0 against Kentucky and South Dakota State, the Illini went on to face the home team Wichita State. The home crowd didn't have enough in them to propel their Shockers to victory as the Illini ran the table for a sweep of the entire tournament.

Next up for the Illini will be a trip to Tempe, Arizona for the Red Lyon Invitational next weekend.

"Fighting Illini Men's Golf started off the fall season on a high note on Sunday, taking home the Northern Intercollegiate title with a 27-stroke lead."

- FightingIllini.com

Illini men's golf got off to a hot start to the fall season after winning the Northern Intercollegiate by a commanding 27 strokes this past weekend. Illinois finished the three day tournament with a team total of 857 (7 under par). Dylan Meyer finished second individually with a three-day total of 2 under par, while Thomas Detry and Charlie Danielson tied for third at 1 under par. Nick Hardy finished in the top ten with a total of 3 over par.

College Football Rankings Week 3: Illinois gains more votes in Coaches Poll.

- Trevor Vallese, The Champaign Room

After yet another dominating win for the Illini, the football team has received more votes in the weekly Coaches Poll. The Illini received 8 votes after blowing out Western Illinois, and they are starting to gain some recognition for impressive play early on.

While these first two games were expected blowouts, it has been the impressive play, especially under interim head coach Bill Cubit, that has given the Illini this recognition. Next week will be a huge test as the Fighting Illini will travel to Chapel Hill to take on some better competition: a tough North Carolina team that should give them a run for their money.