CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alex Wittinger recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for Illinois women’s basketball on Thursday, but No. 3 Maryland still eased to an 84-59 win.
Ali Andrews netted 14 points off the bench for the Illini (8-17, 3-9 Big Ten), while Jaelyne Kirkpatrick added 13 and Brandi Beasley had 10.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.
Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.
But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?
CHAMPAIGN — Jon Davis found himself in a sea of runners.
This was something he wasn’t used to. The only time he had more than a few runners around him in high school was at large national meets — Foot Locker Nationals and Nike Cross Nationals.
Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.
He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.
Let’s be clear: The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years was one of the top sports stories of 2016 — No. 1 on The Associated Press’ list. But what about memorable moments to come out of East Central Illinois in a calendar year that will close once the clock hits midnight Saturday? Here are our 10 selections:
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football defensive ends Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips saw their collegiate careers end Saturday, but they’re still being recognized for their contributions to the Illini.
CHAMPAIGN — Seven Illini athletics programs claimed perfect Graduation Success Rate scores, as part of Tuesday’s GSR and Federal Graduation Rate reports released by the NCAA.
Illinois earned an overall GSR of 87, one point better than the record-tying national average for all Division I student-athletes.
ST. LOUIS — Illinois wrestlers Zane Richards (133 pounds), Zac Brunson (174), Brock Ervin (149) and Emery Parker (184) won titles on Saturday at the Kaufman Brand Open.