A “level playing field” was always a myth.
It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.
What’s fair about that?
Jannelle Flaws’ 17 goals during the 2014 season ranked ninth in the nation and first in the Big Ten — even with Illinois women’s soccer making a quick postseason exit in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois’ men’s cross-country team placed sixth of 12 teams in Sunday’s Big Ten Championship race, held on the University of Iowa’s campus.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Colette Falsey was named Big Ten women’s cross-country Co-Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after winning the Illini Open on Friday with a personal-best time of 17 minutes, 44.47 seconds. The Illini junior shared the award — her first and the first for Illinois since Katie Porada won on Oct. 29, 2013 — with Michigan freshman Jaimie Phelan.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team snapped its five-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory against Michigan State on Friday night at Illinois Soccer Stadium. The Illini (10-6-1, 5-5-1 Big Ten) took care of their four-match losing streak Sunday with a tie at Maryland but got the full three points against the Spartans (9-7-1, 3-7-1) thanks to goals from a pair of freshmen.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Illinois was quick to answer Rutgers’ early goal in Friday’s Big Ten showdown, matching the Scarlet Knights less than a minute after they took the lead.
The Illini couldn’t, however, come up with the equalizer when Rutgers scored the go-ahead — and ultimately winning — goal with less than five minutes to play in its 2-1 victory.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team opened the season receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Illini broke into the Top 25 for the first time this season Tuesday after a 1-1 start in Big Ten play.
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.
Top Male Athletes
1. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Back-to-back national champion at 125 pounds first to do so in Illini history at that weight class. Best news? He still has a year of eligibility left.
1. National champions don’t happen every year, but with Jesse Delgado winning one in wrestling and Jordan Valdez doing the same in men’s gymnastics, Illini could brag about those two accomplishments.