UI roundup: Danielson qualifies for event match play

SUGAR GROVE — Illinois senior-to-be Charlie Danielson advanced to the match-play portion of the 113th Western Amateur Championship after finishing seventh Thursday at Rich Harvest Farms.

Danielson totaled 6-under-par 282 after carding a final-round 76. The top 16 golfers advanced to match play, which was scheduled to begin today.

Former UI gymnastics coach returns

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois head gymnastics coach Don Osborn will return to the Illini as an assistant after 20 years away from the program, the school announced Monday.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Tony Pashos

Celebrating his 35th birthday on Monday is former Illini football all-star Tony Pashos. Born in Palos Heights and a graduate of Lockport Township High School, his parents (Georgios and Despina) immigrated to the United States from Greece. His career story, by the numbers:

2 — Seasons he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as an offensive lineman

UI proposes private firm handle food service at sports venues

CHAMPAIGN — Everything from hot dogs to buffets for athletes to fancy desserts in luxury suites will be provided by a private company at Illini sports venues starting this fall, if several multimillion-dollar contracts under consideration are approved.

UI roundup: Former Illini earns second Pan Am medal

TORONTO — Four days after helping lead the U.S. men’s gymnastics team to its first Pan American Games gold medal since 1995, former Illini Paul Ruggeri claimed another medal in the event finals in Toronto.

Forty-nine Illini receive league recognition

CHAMPAIGN — Forty-nine Illinois athletes have been recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2014-15 school year, the league office announced Wednesday.

Honorees must have had a 3.7 or higher grade-point average for the academic year. A total of 779 athletes from the 14 schools were recognized by the league.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Team Grades

We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:

Baseball (A)

Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.

Last year’s grade: B

High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Month-by-month highlights

July 2014
Tom Michael left for Eastern Illinois and the chance to run his own athletic department after two-plus decades at Illinois, first as a basketball player for Lou Henson and later as an administrator.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15

Top Male Athletes
1. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Only 10 wrestlers win a national title each year. Those who go undefeated doing so are a much smaller group, which Martinez joined in March.

2. Tyler Jay, baseball. The Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and No. 6 overall draft pick of the Minnesota Twins was one of the most dominant closers in the nation this spring.

UI roundup: Kendziera narrowly misses finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ David Kendziera narrowly missed qualifying for the 400-meter hurdles final, clocking 49.57 seconds Friday at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Johnny Dutch, competing unattached, had the fastest semifinal time, finishing in 48.90.

Illinois’ Dylan Lafond placed 20th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9 minutes, 5.07 seconds.