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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.

2016 Illinois Year in Review

Each Month's Top Moment

July
Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.

2016 Illinois Year in Review: Program Grades

Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.

Last year’s grade: A

Asmussen: Big Ten TV deal nearly perfect

When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.

Except in the Big Ten.

There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.

Diab, Poulter rate honors

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men’s gymnast Alex Diab won a Big Ten title. Illinois volleyball player Jordyn Poulter started the majority of the season at setter for a Sweet 16 team.

On Wednesday, the two freshmen received the annual Newcomers of the Year award handed out by the Illinois athletic department.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Happy birthday, Karen Brems!

In the 1983-84 school year, University of Illinois women’s gymnast Karen Brems became the first Illini athlete to be named as the school’s Athlete of the Year and the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor Award winner in the same season.

Illini legends, lists and lore: UI-Penn State connection

On this date 26 years ago — June 5, 1990 — it was announced Pennsylvania State University had joined the Big Ten Conference. Just four months into his first term as commissioner of the conference, Jim Delany first seriously entertained the suggestion brought to him by then-University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry, a Penn State graduate.

Asmussen: Hood could help 'sleeping giant' in C-U

Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.

On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Mark Koster

Forty-five years ago today, former Champaign High School star Mark Koster set an Illini varsity record in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles with a clocking of 51.3 seconds.