Illini legends, lists and lore: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley

Happy birthday today to one of Illinois volleyball’s premier all-time players, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

Mackovic: 'Best hometown fans ever'

Days away from the 150th anniversary of Gov. Richard Oglesby signing the bill that created the University of Illinois, our Jeff D'Alessio keeps reaching out to famous formers for their best stories.

Former football coach and AD JOHN MACKOVIC had this to say:

Lovie previews spring ball

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith talked about reasons why the Illini will start spring practice on Valentine's Day, how the depth is across the program and other topics ahead of Tuesday's first workout

Injuries, depth hold Smith's focus

CHAMPAIGN — Sitting inside the State Farm Center media room late Friday morning, even with fresh snow outside, football wasn’t far from Lovie Smith’s mind.

Never is, really. Especially because Smith’s second spring practice session in charge of the Illinois football program starts Tuesday afternoon.

Feb. 13 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:00am

Who will replace Tim McGarigle as Illinois linebackers coach? What are the most pressing needs for the team as it starts spring practice? Is Lovie Smith done adding new players? For the answer to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our veteran college football writer.

Recruiting coordinator out

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Sternquist is out as Illinois football director of player personnel, sports information director Kent Brown confirmed today.

Sternquist ran the recruiting department at Illinois. A week ago, he was among those celebrating the signing of Lovie Smith’s first class.

The change is part of a reorganization of the recruiting staff, Brown said.

Tate: Renovation plans taking shape

Hear more from Hood Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

Popular cheap seats won’t be available in Memorial Stadium’s horseshoe during the 2018 football season.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.

Feb. 9 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 3:00pm

What Illinois football players will catch Lovie Smith's eye with spring practice less than a week away? How did Smith and his staff fare when compiling the 2017 recruiting class? What's the latest with John Groce? What area high schools might win a state title in the next month? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Hudson leaving Illini

Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb won't have one of the program's best players on his coaching staff this upcoming season.

Kyle Hudson, a volunteer coach the last two seasons with the Illini, has accepted a job to become the bench coach for the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats, a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.