Tyler Mizoguchi, the defending NCAA champion in parallel bars, has been dismissed from the Illini men's gymnastics team.
Illini coach Justin Spring confirmed the dismissal Tuesday night but declined to say why the action was taken. "I'd rather not say anything more," Spring wrote in an e-mail to The News-Gazette.
The senior's dismissal leaves No. 4 Illinois without one of the nation's top talents entering the Big Ten Championships, which begin Friday at Iowa City, Iowa. The Illini are three-time defending conference champs.
Mizoguchi is a three-time All-American who has emerged as one of the top performers in the USA Gymnastics program. He has been a member of the U.S. Senior National Team multiple times since 2010 and earned a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.
Illini fall. The Illinois baseball hit the ball hard but seemingly right at Bradley on Tuesday night, and the Illini dropped a 6-3 decision at Illinois Field.
Illinois (15-11) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.
"I was disappointed that we didn't do some fundamental things that we work on every day," Illinois coach Dan Hartleb said. "The difference today was that we did not execute in baseball situations.
In men's tennis:
Nevolo honored. Illinois senior Dennis Nevolo was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for tennis after he helped the Illini to victories against Wisconsin and Minnesota last weekend, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Nevolo was 4-0 overall, winning both of his singles matches in straight sets, and helped take down a Top 25 doubles tandem.