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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).

Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2016

In his 50 remarkable years at The News-Gazette, Loren Tate figures he’s written 13,000 columns. That’s a ton of “Tatelines.”

Spring recalls 'anxiety' of biggest stage

By JOEY FIGUEROA

CHAMPAIGN — Justin Spring had never felt like he did at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The Illinois men’s gymnastics head coach and former Illini standout had competed at plenty of high-stakes events before heading to Beijing eight years ago, but nothing quite compared to representing the U.S. in front of the eyes of millions.

Coaches take advantage of new bylaw

CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.

All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.

Tate: Delany showing few downsides

CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand ­— so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.

“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.

Sunday Conversation: Howard Milton

A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.

Tate: Big Ten TV success envy of college world

Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.

Tate: Whitman's good calls behind the scenes as well

Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?

So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.