Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Illini Legends Lists and Lore: Feb. 3, 2019

The 1975-76 Illinois Coaches Basketball Association All-State Team was an amazing collection of future collegiate stars. Lawrenceville's Jay Shidler (who would sign with Kentucky) and East Leydan's Glen Grunwald (Indiana) were two of the crown jewels of the class, but Eldorado's Mike Duff (Evansville) and St.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Jan. 27, 2019

Born 27 years ago today in Antwerp, Belgium, former Illini star Thomas Pieters is poised to make his move in the world of professional golf. He says his three years at Illinois were just an eyelash away from never getting past his first semester in Champaign-Urbana.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Jan. 20, 2019

As a 14-year-old freshman at Tinley Park High School, future University of Illinois star Rob Mango was focused on two things: running and visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. Following weekend track meets, his parents would shuttle him to 111 S. Michigan Avenue, where he attended classes and devoured the paintings of Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Jan. 13, 2019

On Wednesday night at State Farm Center, in a men's basketball series that dates back to the University of Illinois' very first season, the Illini and Minnesota Gophers square off for the 190th time.

Illini Legends Lists and Lore: Jan. 6, 2019

Athlete ... coach ... team owner ... restaurateur ... hotel operator ... journalist. Former University of Illinois football great John "Jack" Depler was all of these during his life that began 120 years ago today on Jan. 6, 1899.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Dec. 30, 2018

Leonard "Tank" Charpier, a graduate of Curtis High School in Chicago, was an all-conference guard and fullback in each of the two respective seasons he lettered at Illinois (1916 & '17) for Coach Bob Zuppke.

After one season of playing for the Racine Cardinals (1920), he studied medicine and eventually became a surgeon at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago's south suburbs.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Dec. 23, 2018

Of the 44 pairs of brothers who have earned varsity letters as members of the Illini wrestling program, the very first siblings — Joe and Allen Sapora — stand out above the others.

The natives of Renova, Pa., a small lumbering community 178 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, matriculated to the University of Illinois and had legendary collegiate careers.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Dec. 16, 2018

Eighteen years ago today – Dec. 16, 2000 – coach Bill Self’s fifth-ranked Illini basketball team won a United Center brawl against No. 7 Arizona, 81-73. Intense play between Illinois and the Wildcats resulted in 53 total fouls. Led by Marcus Griffin’s 15 points, four other Illini scored in double figures.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Dec. 9, 2018

Martin O'DonnellIf fans were asked to name the top three players from the 2007 Illinois football team, chances are Martin O'Donnell's name might not often be mentioned.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | Dec. 2, 2018

When his college eligibility ran out following the 2001 Illini football season, only three names preceded Rausell "Rocky" Harvey's on Illinois' career rushing list: Robert Holcombe, Thomas Rooks and Jim Grabowski.