Happy birthday today to one of Illinois volleyball’s premier all-time players, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.
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:
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.
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.
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.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.
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.
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.