The already-thin Illinois roster got thinner on Thursday afternoon. Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported that sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has requested and received his release from the program. Coleman-Lands was a top-40 recruit in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals.
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Big Ten Joined ESPN.com in 2014 Graduate of the University of Notre Dame Follow on Twitter Three Illinois football players arrested on charges of residential burglary and aggravated robbery were dismissed from the program Wednesday. Head coach Lovie Smith said Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard Watkins were no longer a part of the team. Their names have been removed from the school's online roster. Lee, Holcombe and Watkins claim they were pulling a prank on another student in their on-campus dormitory when they allegedly donned masks and used a fake gun before breaking into the room two weeks ago, according to a report in the Champaign News-Gazette.
Illinois basketball’s 2017-18 roster experienced two major changes this week thanks to the addition of Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork, and the departure of junior guard Jalen Coleman-Lands. The Fighting Illini are back to four open scholarships, and while this last-minute recruiting picture is still taking shape, one thing is for certain — the frontcourt needs more bodies. Luckily, Brad Underwood may be on the verge of a solution. Georgetown graduate transfer Akoy Agau informed FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein that he’s currently considering Illinois, SMU, Maryland, Washington State, Old Dominion, California State, and Northridge as a final decision nears. The 6-foot-8 forward took a