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Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2016

In his 50 remarkable years at The News-Gazette, Loren Tate figures he’s written 13,000 columns. That’s a ton of “Tatelines.”

Coaches take advantage of new bylaw

CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.

All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.

Tate: Delany showing few downsides

CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand ­— so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.

“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.

Sunday Conversation: Howard Milton

A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Jim Wright

Though Illini fans more familiarly associate Jim Wright with Illinois basketball, few know the longtime Urbana resident also was a two-time Big Ten pole vault champion. He contributed to the UI’s 1953 outdoor track and field team title with a winning vault of 13 feet. Then he and the team duplicated those championships the following season as well.

Tate: Big Ten TV success envy of college world

Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.

Tate: Whitman's good calls behind the scenes as well

Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?

So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.

2016 Illinois Year in Review

Each Month's Top Moment

July
Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.

2016 Illinois Year in Review: Program Grades

Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.

Last year’s grade: A

Asmussen: Big Ten TV deal nearly perfect

When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.

Except in the Big Ten.

There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.