1906–07 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1906–07 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1906-07 Fighting Illini men's basketball full-team photo.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1906–07 record 1–10 (0–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Frank L. Pinckney
Captain Herbert Juul
Home arena Kenney Gym
1906–07 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chicago 6 2   .750     21 2   .913
Minnesota 6 2   .750     10 2   .833
Wisconsin 6 2   .750     11 3   .786
Purdue 2 6   .250     7 8   .467
Illinois 0 8   .000     1 10   .091
Indiana - -       9 5   .643
Iowa - -       5 5   .500
Northwestern - -       1 5   .167
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1906–07 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Frank Loyer Pinckney took over the coaching reins from Elwood Brown for the 1906–1907 season. After a very promising start to the season, where more than 100 student athletes tried out for the team, Pinckney had three freshman declared ineligible by the Western Conference.[1] Due to this unfortunate circumstance, the Fighting Illini played the season with a depleted lineup and finished the season with the worst record in the history of the school, the decision to make freshmen ineligible gave Pinckney the same problem Brown had faced one season earlier.[2]

"1906-07 Fighting Illini team"


1906–07 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F Stewart, CharlesCharles Stewart
Jr New York, New York
G Ryan, EdwardEdward Ryan
Jr Chicago, Illinois
F Dadant, MauriceMaurice Dadant
Sr Hamilton, Illinois
G Juul, HerbHerb Juul (C)
Sr Chicago, Illinois
C C. Westfall, CurtisCurtis C. Westfall
Sr Chicago, Illinois
G E. Thompson, ThomasThomas E. Thompson
Fr Williams Bay, Wisconsin
G Rennacker, RoyRoy Rennacker
Fr Winnetka, Illinois
G Brundage, AveryAvery Brundage
So Chicago, Illinois
F Popperfuss, HenryHenry Popperfuss
Fr Tomah, Wisconsin
F Norenberg, C. E.C. E. Norenberg
Sr Chicago, Illinois
F/C Herman Reische, RobertRobert Herman Reische
So Chicago, Illinois
G Clifton Caul, RoyRoy Clifton Caul
Jr Chicago, Illinois
C Sommerfield, WilliamWilliam Sommerfield
So Peoria, Illinois
G Julius Cermack, JosephJoseph Julius Cermack
Fr Chicago, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster




time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
city, state
Non-Conference regular season
no, no
@ Peoria YMCA W 38-19  1-0
Peoria YMCA 
Peoria, IL
no, no
@ Chicago YMCA L 26–31  1-1
Chicago YMCA 
Chicago, IL
Big Ten regular season
no, no
vs. Purdue L 27–32  1-2 (0-1)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs. Wisconsin L 16–22  1-3 (0-2)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
@ Minnesota L 3–42  1-4 (0-3)
University of Minnesota Armory 
Minneapolis, MN
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 13–47  1-5 (0-4)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium 
Madison, WI
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 20–53  1-6 (0-5)
Bartlett Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
@ Wabash College L 13–50  1-7 (0-5)
Wabash College 
Crawfordsville, IN
no, no
@ Purdue L 18–45  1-8 (0-6)
Lafayette Colliseum 
West Lafayette, IN
no, no
vs. University of Chicago L 20–35  1-9 (0-7)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs. Minnesota L 29–36  1-10 (0-8)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball By Loren Tate, Jared Gelfond pg.20 ISBN 1-58261-793-7
  2. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  3. ^ FightingIllini.com
  4. ^ University of Illinois Fighting Illini Statistics Summary for 1906-07, FightingIllini.com