Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: On this date
Thirty years ago, the David Wilson case, a bizarre 31/2-year eligibility dispute that severely strained relations between the University of Illinois and the Big Ten Conference, ended when attorney Bob Auler received an out-of-court settlement check of more than $100,000. Other memorable moments on Sept. 1 in Illini history:
1922: Champaign’s English Brothers Construction signed a contract to build Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. The stadium opened for business on Nov. 3, 1923, 429 days later.
1942: After carrying an “interim” tag for nearly 13 months, Doug Mills was named Illinois’ athletic director.
1946: Illini athletic officials declared a sellout at Memorial Stadium for the Sept. 28 game against Notre Dame.
1948: Professor Albert Austin Harding, director of University of Illinois Bands, retired after a 43-year career.
1976: Karol Kahrs’ position as assistant director for women’s athletics became a full-time job.
1984: Illinois topped Northwestern 24-16 in its earliest football season opener ever. Jack Trudeau passed for 315 yards, including a record 208 yards to David Williams, as the Illini stretched their Big Ten winning streak to 11.
1994: Sixteen months after Illinois announced it was eliminating men’s varsity programs in swimming and fencing plus men’s and women’s diving, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the UI did not violate Title IX or the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution when it eliminated the men’s but not the women’s swimming team.
2001: Brandon Lloyd, who was sidelined in 2000 with a broken leg, scored twice on eight catches as Illinois rolled past host California 44-17.
2012: Illinois’ defense held Western Michigan to minus-6 rushing yards as coach Tim Beckman won his first game as Illini coach.
Sunday: Melvin Bryant, football (29)
Monday: Greg Iavarone, baseball (50)
Tuesday: Art Schankin, fencing (86)
Wednesday: George Arvanitis, football (50)
Thursday: Brad Hopkins, football (43)
Friday: John Wright, football (44)
Saturday: Lou Tepper, football coach (68)
By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore
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