Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | March 11

One-hundred-fifty years ago today — March 11, 1868 — the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) celebrated its opening of nine days earlier with inaugural ceremonies. President John Milton Gregory, both members of his faculty, 77 students and a bevy of town folk gathered in a large hall on the third floor of University Hall, known by its moniker "The Elephant."

Tate: Watch out for these athletes

Can spring be around the corner? The Champaign-Urbana temperature topped 60 degrees Thursday. Dan Hartleb's UI baseball team has a home game in 23 days. And Feb. 28, when the Big Ten tournament opens in New York City, could mark the end for Brad Underwood's first UI basketball season.

UI roundup: Illini rally but drop top-10 match against Stanford

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Brown ignited Illinois' rally.

Brown claimed his singles match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Stanford's Sameer Kumar to chop Illinois' deficit to 3-1.

Aleks Kovacevic brought the Illini even closer with a thrilling 7-5, 7-6 (12-10) triumph against David Wilczynski.

A Life Remembered: Legendary golf course builder dies at 88

CHAMPAIGN — The golfing world has lost a legend — not so much for his own game but for the challenges he presented the best players in the world as a builder of spectacular courses near and far.

VIDEO: Jock Jams

After Illinois golfer and Jock Jams host Dylan Meyer sent him a direct message on Twitt

Top of the Morning, Jan. 26, 2018

The ninth version of the Fighting Illini Jock Jams will include a Hall of Famer as a judge.

Former basketball star DERON WILLIAMS is scheduled to participate. He was part of the inaugural class of the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame along with teammate DEE BROWN and 26 others.

Illini AD on the air

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman was a guest on Saturday SportsTalk on WDWS 1400-AM in downtown Champaign, discussing plans — both on the field and off — that are under way.

"We're really excited about what the future is going to bring," he told hosts Loren Tate and Michael Kiser.

Asmussen's Take: Top 10 Illini athletes to watch

Just a week into the new year, longtime N-G sportswriter Bob Asmussen gives you 10 Illinois athletes to watch in 2018.


Tate: Oops! '18 can't get here soon enough

Good riddance, 2017.

You won't be mourned by Illini fans. Not a lot worked out as planned.

The big item: football. You'll recall that continuity was an expressed goal in handing Lovie Smith a six-year contract, but here we are, once again, starting over on offense with the ouster of coordinator Garrick McGee.

UI: 150 years, 1,000 stories, 100 videos

They hail from six continents — the Urbana-born doctor who's devoted the past three decades to caring for the poorest of the poor in East Africa; the dreamer from Freeport who grew up with 16 brothers and sisters and went on to become the first black American billionaire; the South Korean journalist who never thought she'd see her byline in the student newspaper, being a self-described "FOTB" (