Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

UI athletics gets $1 million donation

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics announced another seven-figure donation Tuesday, as the Bielfeldt Foundation has committed $1 million to provide updates to the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and to help fund construction of the Football Performance Center.

Small makes major move

HIGHLAND PARK — Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small continues to turn heads at the Champions Tour’s Constellation Senior Players Championship.

Small tied for lead at Senior Players Championship

HIGHLAND PARK (AP) — Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small shot 7-under 65 to share a one-stroke lead with Kenny Perry after the first round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Thursday.

No place like home: Four former Illini teeing off at John Deere Classic

Four former Illini tee off today at the John Deere Classic, the only PGA event in Illinois this year. Here's what you need to know before the action gets going in Silvis, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli

Balky knee keeps Underwood off the greens

SAVOY — Brad Underwood wanted to golf Monday. But his balky knee, the one that needs arthroscopic surgery, wouldn't allow it.

"I'm having some (work) done," Underwood said. "We'll have to tough it out and get through it. I've got some cartilage damage, bone on bone. We'll try to prolong a knee replacement."

The injury goes back to his time on the court.

Gill thrilled charity golf outing keeps going, growing

SAVOY — In the early years of the event, Kendall Gill would have never guessed how long he would host his golf benefit.

Turns out the number is 29. And counting. And growing.

On Monday, there were 37 foursomes playing at the University of Illinois Orange Course. Last year's event, with a similar number of players, raised nearly $26,000 for Cunningham Children's Home.

Illini Year in Review: Grading the programs

Men's gymnastics: A

Why an A: The Illini won what had been an elusive Big Ten title then followed it up with an individual NCAA champ (Alex Diab on rings) and a third-place national finish as a team.

Illini Year in Review: Moments by the month

A look at the biggest moment of each month from the last year of Illini athletics:


Brad Underwood's first July as Illinois basketball coach was almost as busy as his first April with more than a half-dozen new offers for prospective recruits, of which zero picked the Illini.


Illini Year in Review: The Lists

Top male athletes

1. Bren Spillane, baseball. The third-round MLB draft pick was one of three position players nationally to earn consensus (all six) All-American honors.

2. Alex Diab, gymnastics. A national championship on rings for the Glen Ellyn native was Illinois' third on the event and 58th total.