Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas provided an Assembly Hall update during a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday. Staff writer Julie Wurth was at the briefing and has the story here.
Also, basketball beat writer Marcus Jackson was weighing in here during the give-and-take.
Thomas also will discuss the Assembly Hall during a news conference Friday in Chicago. Staff writer Matt Daniels will provide updates there.
Earlier, we asked: What do you want Thomas to say?
Here are some comments so far:
"The court will be named in honor of Lou Henson"
"Just like when I arrived here, I will be blowing this thing up and starting over"
"We've decided to build new instead of renovate"
"I want you to know I intentionally tanked at Cincinnati so I could take this job when it came available"