Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: April 21, 2019

Before Corey Liuget, Whitney Mercilus and Dawuane Smoot in recent years — even before Don Thorp, Moe Gardner and Simeon Rice in the 1980s and '90s — Big Ten quarterbacks feared a 6-3, 240-pound Illini tackling machine with a nearly unpronounceable name.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: April 14, 2019

It's a little known fact that of the three men who top college baseball's current all-time list of coaching victories, two have ties to the University of Illinois.

One of them is Augie Garrido, who coached Illini baseball for three seasons, racking up 1,975 wins in 48 collegiate seasons.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: April 7, 2019

Thirty-nine years ago today, at the 58th annual men's basketball Banquet, junior forward Eddie Johnson was named Most Valuable Player of the Illini.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: March 31, 2019

Fifty-seven years ago today — March 31, 1962 — Illini swimmer Jim Spreitzer won the NCAA men's 220-yard freestyle championship, the last of seven NCAA titles captured by University of Illinois swimmers.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: March 24, 2019

Twenty-nine years ago this weekend — March 23-24, 1990 — the Illini women's gymnastics team won the Big Ten team championship, something it had never achieved before nor has accomplished since.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Wrestling's title twins

Eighteen years ago today on March 17, 2001, something happened with Illinois wrestling that has occurred only three times in its 108-year varsity history.

It was the day when two Illini were crowned NCAA champions.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: March 10, 2019

A member of the fraternity of former Illinois football captains is 1960s star Robert "Bo" Batchelder.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: March 3, 2019

One hundred thirteen years ago today, a song that fans and alumni have heard hundreds of times debuted before the University of Illinois student body.

"Illinois Loyalty" was a work that composer/lyricist Thatcher Howland Guild began when he was a student at Brown University.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Feb. 24, 2019

Twenty-one years ago today, Illini seniors Jerry Gee, Matt Heldman and Kevin Turnereach scored 16 points and Jerry Hester added another 15 as No. 22 Illinois defeated host Indiana 82-72.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Feb. 17, 2019

On this date 64 years ago, Ira Carrithers, one of the University of Illinois' most prominent athletes of the George Huff coaching era, died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 70.

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