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Tate: Momentum could fuel UI volleyball upset

Four Illini men’s teams captured runaway Big Ten championships and more last spring.

The UI women haven’t been keeping pace. But they could make a big splash tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where the university’s pre-eminent female squad, having reached volleyball’s Sweet 16, will try to pull a shocker against Big Ten champion Minnesota.

Tate: Waiting game burns UI in AD search

Speed is no longer needed in the search for an athletic director.

That’s because University of Illinois leaders made a mistake (imagine that!).

If the board of trustees, in cahoots with an interim chancellor (Barbara Wilson) and a first-year president, felt so strongly that Illinois needed a new direction, they should have dropped the ax on

UI gymnasts open with Orange and Blue Exhibition

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois gymnastics took part in the Orange and Blue Exhibition on Sunday at Huff Hall, with the Blue Team earning an 11-9 win against the Orange Team. The teams featured a combination of Illini male and female gymnasts.

Henson on search committee, ceremony and old friendships

Two days after the ceremony at the reopening of the State Farm Center to honor him and dedicate the basketball court in his name, former Illinois coach Lou Henson called into Jim Turpin’s “Penny for Your Thoughts” show on WDWS on Friday morning to chat up an old friend.

Interim AD won't pursue full-time job

Interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk says he will not be a candidate for the permanent AD job at Illinois.

Getting to know … AD search committee

UI Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced the search committee for the next athletic director on Friday. The rundown:

AD search committee unveiled

Updated 12:10 p.m.

The search committee for the next athletic director at the University of Illinois will be chaired by Matt Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences and a faculty athletic representative.

Men's gymnasts ranked sixth

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ men’s gymnastics team was ranked sixth in the College Gymnastics Association’s Preseason Coaches Poll that was released Tuesday.

The Illini, who return 12 letter winners, received 285 points and one first-place vote.

Sunday Conversation: Paul Kowalczyk

Paul Kowalczyk was named Illinois’ interim athletic director on Monday. Staff writer Scott Richey caught up with Kowalczyk on Wednesday, less than 48 hours into his new job, to discuss what’s next for Illinois athletics, his previous stops at Southern Illinois and Colorado State, life as a Cleveland Browns fan and craft beer:

UI roundup: Small, Hartleb add athletes

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small added four players to the 2016 roster on Wednesday: Bryan Baumgarten, Michael Feagles, Ryoto Furuya and Giovanni Tadiotto.

They signed national letters of intent to play for Small’s squad.