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Illini guard Kendrick Nunn arrested, charged with domestic battery

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Illini guard Kendrick Nunn arrested, charged with domestic battery

For the second time in a week, the third time in a month and the fourth time since August, an Illinois basketball player has been arrested.

Not even a full week after junior guard Jaylon Tate was arrested and charged with domestic battery, junior guard Kendrick Nunn — who like Tate is also a Chicago native and Simeon High School product — was arrested Thursday and charged with domestic battery, according to the Champaign News-Gazette.

According to the report, police were called to the alleged victim's apartment Wednesday evening, with both Nunn and the alleged victim telling the police that nothing physical happened. But the alleged victim later called the police and said something did happen. The charges against Nunn allege that he struck the alleged victim in the head, pushed her to the floor and held her by the neck.

Nunn is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Nunn's arrest is the third in the last month for the Illinois basketball program, a shocking number of legal trouble run into by Illini players.

Tate was arrested and charged with domestic battery this past weekend after Illinois' season ended following a loss in the Big Ten Tournament. He was indefinitely suspended by athletics director Josh Whitman and head basketball coach John Groce.

On Feb. 19, sophomore forward Leron Black was arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on a nightclub bouncer. He is also under an indefinite suspension.

And over the summer, Darius Paul was arrested and charged with vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest in France during the team's summer European trip. When the Illini returned to the United States, Groce dismissed Paul from the program.

Like Tate and Black before him, Nunn earned an indefinite suspension Thursday night, announced in a joint statement by Whitman and Groce.

“Kendrick Nunn has been suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities pending legal proceedings and an investigation into allegations of domestic battery. Once again, we encourage everyone to allow the legal process to work before passing judgment. We are striving for a championship culture across our entire athletics program. Obviously, yesterday’s event is the latest in a series of conduct issues involving out men’s basketball team. We are working diligently to ensure that our men’s basketball team is representative of the high ideals that we uphold in Illinois athletics.”

Despite a third straight season without an NCAA tournament appearance, Groce earned a vote of confidence from Whitman, who said during a radio interview that Groce will continue to be the Illini's coach. However, with multiple players arrested since Groce received that vote of confidence, it's possible his status could be in doubt.

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that they will not play any non-conference games this fall, if they’re able to play at all.

The move comes after the Ivy League cancelled all fall sports earlier in the week.

In the statement the Big Ten said, “By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.

“In addition, the Conference announced that summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted to engage in such activities. Furthermore, Big Ten student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team.”

The Big Ten also said they’re prepared to cancel their fall sports entirely, if needed to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes.

This all leads to more questions as to how the Big Ten schedule will ultimately take shape. For instance, the first three games on the University of Illinois’s schedule are all non-conference games. Will more in-conference games be scheduled to replace them, or will the Fighting Illini simply begin their season on Oct. 3 with their first conference game against Rutgers?

All of that remains to be seen, as the conference said more details regarding the conference-only schedule will be released later.


RELATED: Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

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Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will no longer host their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field. The university announced the decision on Wednesday.

The Wildcats were supposed to play the Badgers at the Friendly Confines on Nov. 7. Although the university didn’t officially announce it, team's website says the game will be played at Ryan Field.

“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” said Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “The uncertainty of football and baseball schedules, and the possibility of limited attendance, made this an easy choice to make for our student-athletes and fans.

“We’re grateful for our outstanding partners from the Cubs, and look forward to bringing the passion and pageantry of college football gameday to the city’s north side when we can do so safely and securely with a packed house.”

Northwestern initially brought college football back to Wrigley in 2010. Previously the last college football game at Wrigley was played in 1938. Since then, Northwestern has hosted both lacrosse and baseball games at Clark and Addison.

The university is still on track to kick off their season on Sept. 5 at Michigan State.

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