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UI roundup: Coleman-Lands nets league honor

ROSEMONT — Illinois freshman men’s basketball player Jalen Coleman-Lands averaged 19.5 points during the Illini’s two most recent home games, a loss last Thursday against Indiana and a win on Sunday night against Minnesota.

UPDATED: Coaching call in Whitman's court

URBANA — With trustee approval under his belt, new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has lots to ponder once he officially takes over on Saturday.

What's first on his list? It's up to Whitman, according to interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.

UI roundup: Softball ends event with win

AUSTIN, Texas — Illinois softball’s offense came roaring out of the gates Sunday before the team rode pitcher Jade Vecvanags the rest of the way in a 5-4 victory over Tulsa in the Texas Invitational’s final day.

UI roundup: Ferguson impresses at NFL combine

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Center fielder Doran Turchin drove in a pair of runs, Cody Sedlock was effective over seven innings on the mound and Illinois opened a three-game series Friday with a 4-2 win against Florida Gulf Coast.

Feb. 25 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.

Tate: Mackovic's tenure shows how AD post has changed

Like Blockbuster and pay telephone booths, the college coach who doubles as athletic director is obsolete. Outmoded. A relic of time past.

ADs are mostly businessmen today, backgrounded in administration or holding a law degree like the UI’s Josh Whitman. They have oversight responsibilities for multiple sports, but their principal job is schmoozing donors and updating facilities.

UI roundup: Softball stomps first ACC opponent

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jade Vecvanags allowed three hits in six innings, five different Illini drove in at least one run and Illinois softball started the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Friday with a 9-1 thumping of Boston College.

Illini roundup: Softball team cruises at tourney

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jade Vecvanags allowed three hits in six innings, five different Illini drove in at least one run and Illinois softball started the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Friday with a 9-1 thumping of Boston College.

Roll call: A look at UI ADs

Josh Whitman will officially become the 14th permanent athletic director in Illinois history on March 21. A look at his predecessors:

NAME    TENURE
Mike Thomas    2011-2015
COMMENT: Hiring, and subsequent firing, of Tim Beckman is defining legacy  

Big Ten ADs: How Whitman stacks up

Josh Whitman is the newest athletic director in the Big Ten. How the league’s athletic leaders stack up in terms of seniority and age (*interim):

ILLINOIS
AD: Josh Whitman
Age: 37
Starting: March 21, 2016

MINNESOTA
AD: Beth Goetz*
Age: 41
AD since: Aug. 7, 2015