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Illinois is about to do something out of recent character: make the right choice.
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.
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.
University of Illinois interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk released a statement this afternoon:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
MOBILE, Ala. — Geronimo Allison was a late addition this week to Saturday’s Senior Bowl, and the former Illinois wide receiver is expected to play in the all-star game, featuring some of the country’s top players, that kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.