As Illinois searches for an athletic director ahead of the Jan. 21 trustees meeting, Rick George provided a reminder that he’s not in the mix.
What moments, games, athletes and possibly even more scandal will capture our attention in 2016? Before any can come to fruition, The News-Gazette sports staff looks back at the top 10 stories from the year that was:
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.
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
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.
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 Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk says he will not be a candidate for the permanent AD job at Illinois.
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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.
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.