Consider yourself lucky. When you begin classes Monday, you’ll be part of a diverse class of nearly 7,000 new students weaned from roughly 33,000 applicants.
Everybody around you is double-smart, the middle 50 percent of freshmen in
engineering averaging 31-34 (out of 36) on the ACT and upward of 92 percent in class rank.
Twenty-nine Illinois baseball players scattered across the country this summer to keep their seasons going, stretching north into Minnesota, south to Virginia, east to Massachusetts and west to British Columbia, Canada.
No Illini baseball player, though, was as well-traveled as Tyler Jay.
Forty-four years ago Sunday, 10 days after his 53rd birthday, University of Illinois graduate Lou Boudreau was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A product of Thornton Township High School, a school without a baseball team, he concentrated on basketball as a prep.
Spencer Allen first met Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb at the end of his playing career at Iowa State.
The Cyclones dropped their baseball program following the 2001 season, and Allen’s roommate Brandon Cashman transferred to Illinois and was Hartleb’s starting center fielder from Day 1 of the 2002 season.
CHARLESTON — Tom Michael had to choke back emotions as he formally accepted his new position as athletic director at Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday at the Baker/Warmoth Hall of Champions at Lantz Arena.
Somebody called me a “know-it-all.” Actually, the opposite is true.
I don’t know enough. Doubts and unanswered questions carom through my brain like an off-track locomotive. Mostly without resolution.
CHAMPAIGN — The swanky Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium hosts 1,000-plus Illinois football fans on Saturdays in the fall.
In the offseason, the calendar is crammed with wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties.
You won’t usually find Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb in his office on a Tuesday morning in July. Whether he’s on the road recruiting or using the Illini’s offseason to get in some vacation time, it’s not guaranteed you’ll catch him at his desk.
But that’s where Hartleb was this Tuesday. The circumstances dictated it.