Theresa Grentz, Illini women's basketball's greatest coach, celebrates her 60th birthday today. Born in Glenolden, Pa., the former Theresa Shank intended to play college basketball somewhere other than her home state, but when her family lost everything in a house fire, she stayed in Philadelphia and played for Immaculata and coach Cathy Rush.
After 23 games on the road this season, the Illini softball team is scheduled to make its home debut — and open the Big Ten race — at 1 p.m. today with a doubleheader against Minnesota (18-7) at Eichelberger Field. Staff writer JEFF HUTH offers an update on Terri Sullivan's streaking squad, which has won six of its last seven games to improve to 13-10:
LINCOLN, Neb. — Justin Parr had two hits and drove in four runs to help Illinois to an 11-3 win against Nebraska in the Big Ten opener for both teams Friday.
Kevin Johnson picked up the win for the Illini, improving to 4-1. The right-hander scattered nine hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and a walk.
Hire Learning: Each day during the Illinois coaching search, beat writer Paul Klee will provide insight on the process:
So Shaka Smart wasn't entertaining overtures from other schools, including Illinois?
The Illini baseball team begins defense of its Big Ten co-title tonight when it opens conference play at Nebraska. Beat writer JEFF HUTH offers an update on streaking Illinois, which has won six of its last eight games to improve to 10-7.
Why, we wondered, would athletic director Mike Thomas spend $90,000 for a search firm when — supposedly — he already knows his top Illini basketball candidates like the palm of his hand?
Each day during the Illinois basketball coaching search, beat writer Paul Klee will provide an update. Today's installment extends to another search — Eastern Illinois' hunt for a new head coach:
The finalists for EIU basketball's head coaching job include a familiar name.
CHAMPAIGN - The finalists for EIU basketball's head coaching job includes a familiar name.
Former Rantoul star and current Xavier assistant Kareem Richardson is among the candidates to replace Mike Miller in Charleston, according to sources involved with the search.
CHAMPAIGN — As the interim coach of Illinois basketball, Jerrance Howard has a full itinerary. That includes a set of ground rules for the players.
"They've got to call me in the morning when they get up, and they have to call me when they go to sleep," Howard said Wednesday.
The next set of ground rules won't come from Shaka Smart.
When a man looks inside himself and says: "I love it here. My wife loves it here. We have players we really enjoy being around. Somebody said once that you shouldn't run away from happiness."