UI roundup: LeDuc honored by Big Ten

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois women’s gymnast Lizzy LeDuc received the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award Monday.

LeDuc won four individual events for the Illini in a quad-meet win against Rugers, Eastern Michigan and Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. She was victorious in the vault, beam, floor and all-around competitions.

UI roundup: Men's track and field wins local event

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field swept four events Saturday at the Illini Classic, netting the men a first-place finish and the women a runner-up display.

Tate: Let's talk about what athletic types won't

Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.

But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?

Whitman recalls wild first 10 months as UI AD

Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.


He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.

Top 10 East Central Illinois sports moments of 2016

Let’s be clear: The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years was one of the top sports stories of 2016 — No. 1 on The Associated Press’ list. But what about memorable moments to come out of East Central Illinois in a calendar year that will close once the clock hits midnight Saturday? Here are our 10 selections:

UI roundup: Women's hoops falls on road

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Slow road starts are never a good sign.

The Illinois women’s basketball team wasn’t able to overcome its latest up-and-down performance, falling 72-56 at George Washington in front of 466 fans at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday, the Illini’s first road game this season.

UI roundup: Illini athletics teams make grades

CHAMPAIGN — Seven Illini athletics programs claimed perfect Graduation Success Rate scores, as part of Tuesday’s GSR and Federal Graduation Rate reports released by the NCAA.

Illinois earned an overall GSR of 87, one point better than the record-tying national average for all Division I student-athletes.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Presidential Illini

Following what seems to have been an interminable campaign, Election Day 2016 is now just two days away. Though current University of Illinois football player Gimel President’s name certainly fits today’s theme, he’s not included on this list of former Fighting Illini athletes whose surname matches a former American commander in chief:

■ Rich “John Quincy” Adams, basketball (1975-78)

UPDATED: Butkus part of inaugural Hall of Fame class

CHAMPAIGN — He told jokes. And stories. Lots and lots of stories.

On the eighth floor of the building he once dominated, Dick Butkus held court Thursday afternoon.

The iconic linebacker is the first member of Illinois’ newly announced Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I’m greatly humbled,” Butkus said at Memorial Stadium. “This is where it really started.”

UI roundup: Soccer stuns 19th-ranked Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — Katie Murray, Reagan Robishaw and Kara Marbury each scored Thursday, lifting Illinois women's soccer to a stunning 3-0 home win against No. 19 Michigan.

Murray’s goal late in the first half came after strikes from Robishaw and Marbury within the game's first 10 minutes. Keeper Claire Wheatley earned an eight-save shutout for the Illini (4-9-1, 1-4-1 Big Ten).