Illinois team grades

Illinois team grades

Baseball: B
Comment: NCAA tournament team won 35 games, most since 2000

Football: D-
Comment: Task one: End that 14-game Big Ten losing streak

Men’s basketball: B
Comment: Inconsistent bunch proved they belonged in NCAAs

Men’s cross-country: B
Comment: Big Ten finish of fourth was program’s best in 16 years

Men’s golf: A+  
Comment: Took NCAA Championships by storm with runner-up finish

Men’s gymnastics: C
Comment: Maestas loss led to steep fall for 2012 NCAA champs

Men’s tennis: B
Comment: Team’s core of young talent bodes well for future

Men’s indoor track & field: A
Comment: Turk’s team came within 21/2 points of first

Men’s outdoor track & field: B   
Comment: Four-spot jump in Big Ten from ’12 shows depth on rise

Softball: C- 
Comment: Losing record was first since 2008 campaign

Volleyball: C-  
Comment: Tumbled from NCAA runner-up to Big Ten also-ran

Women’s basketball: C+   
Comment: Big Ten record was program’s best in 10 years.

Women’s golf: D-  
Comment: In spring season, never finished higher than 11th

Women’s cross-country: D  
Comment: Third straight year ninth or lower in Big Ten

Women’s gymnastics: B+ 
Comment: Tied program best with 11th place at NCAAs

Women’s soccer: B+ 
Comment: Remarkable run to Big Ten tourney title match

Women’s swimming & diving: D- 
Comment: Need to extend success in classroom to pool

Women’s tennis: C  
Comment: Looking to build on 8-3 surge down stretch

Women’s indoor track & field: A  
Comment: Big Ten indoor title was first since 1996

Women’s outdoor track & field: A
Comment: Penn State denied bid for league titles sweep

Wrestling: B-  
Comment: Earned second straight Top 10 finish at NCAAs

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ERE wrote on June 17, 2013 at 11:06 am
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Who's behind this adolescent smugness of assigning the teams grades? It never failed to be irritating in its ankle-biting attitude during the men's basketball season.

How about grades for the NG sports coverage?  Hmmm...

Self-effacement: D

In depth articles: A-

Weekly Web Chats: A+ These are outstanding

Loyalty and support for the Illini: D+. If Loren was a judge, they'd call him Hangman. Too critical. A great critic, like Roger Ebert, is one that actually loves what they are writing about. Got the feeling too often not enough love for the Illini. 

Interesting back stories: B (have to give the A in that class to Rob McColley over at Smile Politely) 

Effort to cover the remarkable amount of college and prep sports here: A

JohnUI82 wrote on June 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Loyalty and support are for the Sports Information Department, not the local newspaper. Ebert loved film in general; a good critic isn't predisposed to love any particular film or restaurant or performance before he experiences it.

ERE wrote on June 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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Agree, but I want the NG sports department to love the Illini! Predisposed love is also known as loyalty.