Whitman will be busy man at Illinois


CHAMPAIGN — A former Illini is set to become the new athletic director at Illinois.

Asmussen: Why Whitman's the right choice for athletic director

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Illinois is about to do something out of recent character: make the right choice.

UI roundup: Softball knocks off No. 10 Florida State

MIAMI — Jade Vecvanags tossed a complete-game five-hitter, Nicole Tobon hit her first career home run and Illinois softball upset No. 10 Florida State 5-1 on Saturday in the Florida International Invitational.

In first-year coach Tyra Perry’s third game with the Illini, the team earned its first win against a ranked team since defeating No. 4 Michigan on April 26, 2014.

Tate: Hiring AD is tricky business

It is the devious nature of the beast that those with the strongest credentials for the UI athletic directorship could not allow themselves to be interviewed last week.

That’s the way it works. Top people don’t apply. Heady programs seek them out.

UPDATE: UI softball player is alleged menorah vandal

University of Illinois interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk released a statement this afternoon:

UI roundup: Eggleston paces men's gymnasts

CHAMPAIGN — Chandler Eggleston won the floor exercise and vault competitions Saturday for Illinois men’s gymnastics, helping the Illini rout Temple and Illinois-Chicago at Huff Hall.

The Illini tallied 436.550 points to the Owls’ 394.900 and Flames’ 391.050.

Tate: New AD faces uphill battle

Question for the day: With long-awaited news ready to pop any day, how many rabbits can a new athletic director pull out of his hat to settle Illini Nation’s unrest?

UI roundup: Volleyball adds assistant coach

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball coach Kevin Hambly added to his coaching staff Tuesday with the hiring of Erin Lindsey as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

UI roundup: Men's tennis suffers defeat

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The No. 7 Illinois men’s tennis team finished its road trip down Tobacco Road with a 4-0 loss to No. 10 North Carolina a night after beating No. 24 Duke 4-3. The Illini’s lone win against the Tar Heels came at No.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Happy birthday, Leron Black!

Born 97 years ago Sunday was baseball icon Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in the major leagues in the modern era. From 1947 through 1956, the former UCLA football and baseball star led the Brooklyn Dodgers.