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Champaign's Luke Smith is so much more than a few choice words

READ: The time Luke Smith accompanied his cousin with autism to the prom

CHAMPAIGN — Sitting roughly 20 rows behind the Louisville dugout at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tim Smith watched his son walk off the mound on Friday night.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 23, 2019

In a spinoff of our 'UI 150 & Beyond' project, we asked 10 former Illini coaches now living elsewhere to tell us about the first spot (other than a sports facility) or story that comes to mind when they think back to their C-U days.

Acton puts major league dreams on hold to pursue college degree

CHAMPAIGN — When Garrett Acton wasn't selected earlier this month in the Major League Baseball amateur draft, it might have been a surprise to those outside the Illinois baseball program.

Top of the Morning, June 15, 2019

Just because he won a big, fancy award doesn't mean HOWARD MILTON will be treated any differently when he returns to the office.

The idea of showing up with a 'Mr. Fundraiser of the Year' nametag is definitely out of the question.

"They'll call me the usual 'Mr. Forgetful,'" he said, "or 'The Guy Who Works For Josh.'"

Asmussen | Smith family enjoying the ride to the College World Series

The Smiths are loading up their Ford Fusion for the 488-mile drive west from Champaign.

Tim, Sara and their 16-year-old son Walker leave Friday and need to be in Omaha, Neb., in time for Sunday's third game of the College World Series.

Top of the Morning, June 11, 2019

The baseball he used to finish his no-hitter against Wisconsin in 1961 will soon have company in a cabinet at former Illini great DOUG MILLS' home in Peoria.

The 79-year-old recorded his first hole-in-one last Tuesday, acing No. 3 at the Champaign Country Club. The pro shop will return the golf ball as part of a plaque in the coming days.

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.

UI commission's advice: Formal, public retirement of Chief

CHAMPAIGN — A formal public retirement of Chief Illiniwek and a plaque outside Memorial Stadium commemorating the Chief's history — and why the symbol was dropped — are among the recommendations from a commission asked to help the University of Illinois move past the 30-year-old controversy.

Troike plans to weigh pro prospects

CHAMPAIGN — Ben Troike spent Wednesday morning on the phone with his adviser. Those conversations had the Illinois shortstop feeling fairly certain he'd be selected early in the day, as Major League Baseball teams completed rounds 11 through 40 of the draft.

UPDATE: Troike first of many Illini drafted on third day

CHAMPAIGN — Zac Taylor lasted longer than expected in the Major League Baseball draft, but the Illinois redshirt senior center fielder finally heard his name called in the 25th round. Taylor, a Downers Grove native, was selected with the 762nd pick by the Chicago Cubs.

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