Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

'We are simply a lot further along in the process this year'

Q: From the standpoint of the whole program, what are the biggest strides you've seen in the last four months?

Support system key for ex-Illini ahead of Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON — The men's tennis coach's office at Atkins Tennis Center became a popular gathering place on Wednesday morning.

"People kept streaming down," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said.

Former Illini Anderson braces for Federer

Ex-Illini will try to keep success going

LONDON — All Brad Dancer can do today is watch.

But if the Illinois men's tennis coach could chime in with a piece of advice for one of his former Illini standouts, he'd offer up the following before Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Stay upright.

Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go

Allegretti flexes his leadership

CHAMPAIGN — Running and offensive lineman don't necessarily go hand in hand.

But this aspect is one Nick Allegretti has experienced more of this summer than at any other point in his Illinois football career.

"Our cardio shape right now is better than it is at the end of most summers," said Allegretti, a fifth-year senior and two-year starter for the Illini.

Report: Kane not with Illini this summer

CHAMPAIGN — Not much was known about Samba Kane when he committed to Illinois on March 9.

Other than the fact he stood 7 feet tall and would bring some added size to the Illini men's basketball team when he arrived on campus this summer.

Kane is still listed as being on the Illinois roster, but those summer plans appear to be on hold.

Two former Illini set for U.S. Open

Two former Illini will tee off today during the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Colf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Sports editor Matt Daniels offers up a closer look:

Steve Stricker | Age: 51

Welcome to the Hall: 20 former Illini to be honored with Henson

Ahead of Friday night's Gala event in Chicago, sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at the other 20 former Illini besides Lou Henson who will be recognized:

Alex Agase

Football, wrestling

George Jr. transfers to Michigan

Jeff George Jr. started his first-ever college football game at Michigan in 2016.

The former Illinois quarterback could start another game at Michigan Stadium, too, in the future. Just this time with the Wolverines.

'Those were always fun'

Chad Benedict  won six regional titles in 19 seasons coaching at Chrisman (1999 to 2006) and Mahomet-Seymour (2006 to 2018). The man who helped lead M-S to the Class 3A Elite Eight in 2015 will serve as the South coach in today's Class 3A/4A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in Pontiac.