Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 16, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. "Scotty" Reston is one of the University of Illinois' most influential alumni (1932), but it's largely unknown that he was a two-sport letter winner for the Illini.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 9, 2019

Perhaps the most incredible record in Illini sports history belongs to a man that was born 91 years ago today. What Al Brosky achieved as a defensive back in the 1950s is one that has no comparison. His NCAA record of notching a pass interception in 15 consecutive games is significantly more impressive in that opposing quarterbacks purposely threw their passes away from him.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 2, 2019

Happy 26th birthday today to Illini tennis twins Melissa and Tim Kopinski. The siblings from Palos Heights and graduates of Chicago's Amos Alonzo Stagg High School were the first twins to play concurrently for Illinois' tennis program.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 26, 2019

Sixty-three years ago today, Illini high jumper Al Urbanckas was Illinois' only individual title winner at the 56th annual Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship. His effort of 6 feet, 55 / 8 inches tied the bests of Michigan's Brendan O'Reilly and Mark Booth. Urbanckas swept the 1957 Big Ten high jump titles, winning indoors with a jump of 6-67 / 8 and outdoors at 6-83 / 4.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 19, 2019

Four years ago today, the Illini swept Big Ten baseball's top three individual awards as the Conference named its 2015 honors.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 12, 2019

Born on this date in 1911 were twin brothers Albert "Chinn" and Alfred "Jake" Kamm.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 5, 2019

Last weekend, coach Mike Small's Illini golf squad won its fifth consecutive Big Ten men's championship, edging runner-up Purdue by five strokes. A third-round 278, four strokes less than the Boilermakers, clinched Illinois' 10th title in the last 11 years.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: April 28, 2019

Happy 65th birthday today to former Illini football coach Ron Zook.

A product of Miami University's famed "Cradle of Coaches", he played for coach Bill Mallory's Redskins from 1973-75. During Zook's collegiate playing days, MU teams compiled a 32-1-1 record, winning three straight Mid-American Conference championships.

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.