Top of the Morning, June 15, 2019

Just because he won a big, fancy award doesn't mean HOWARD MILTON will be treated any differently when he returns to the office.

The idea of showing up with a 'Mr. Fundraiser of the Year' nametag is definitely out of the question.

"They'll call me the usual 'Mr. Forgetful,'" he said, "or 'The Guy Who Works For Josh.'"

UI commission's advice: Formal, public retirement of Chief

CHAMPAIGN — A formal public retirement of Chief Illiniwek and a plaque outside Memorial Stadium commemorating the Chief's history — and why the symbol was dropped — are among the recommendations from a commission asked to help the University of Illinois move past the 30-year-old controversy.

Whitman: All bets should be off on collegiate sports


SPRINGFIELD — Speaking to a House subcommittee Wednesday on behalf of 12 of the state’s 13 NCAA Division I schools — all except Chicago State — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said he opposed any bill that would allow sports betting on collegiate athletics in Illinois.

NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships 2019: Day Two

 Day two of the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships at State Farm Center in Champaign on April 20, 2019.

Back-to-back: Diab a two-time still rings national champion

CHAMPAIGN — The door was open for Alex Diab to defend his still rings national championship Saturday night at State Farm Center. Oklahoma’s Yul Moldauer, who was perhaps Diab’s stiffest competition, made just a minor mistake during his routine.

Day 2 notes: 'That gives me a lot of confidence moving forward'

CHAMPAIGN — The center of the collegiate men's gymnastics world this weekend was State Farm Center, and Illinois coach Justin Spring wasn't taking it for granted. There's inherent strength in the sport when the national championships play out with the country's best all in one arena.

Day 1 notes: 'That energy a crowd can give ... can really turn the tide'

CHAMPAIGN — Michigan won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2013 and 2014. The Wolverines followed that up with a fourth-place finish in 2015. Since? Michigan hasn't even made it to the Super Six team finals.

Paradise pushes Illini into Super Six team finals at NCAA championships

CHAMPAIGN — Daniel Ribeiro noticed a change in Michael Paradise when this season started. The Illinois junior has always had the physical skills and talent necessary to compete on pommel horse.

NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships 2019: Day One

Illinois competes in the NCAA men's gymnastics championships at State Farm Center on Friday, April 19, 2019.

NCAA gymnastics: A how-to guide

Headed to this weekend’s NCAA Gymnastics Championships at State Farm Center? Illinois coach and former Olympian Justin Spring will prepare you by breaking down each event as his athletes demonstrate.