UI recruiting target Carlton Bragg will visit Kentucky. Marcus Jackson touched on what that means for John Groce in today's chat:
CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.
The $165 million budget could bump up to almost $170 million pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.
The board meets Thursday in Chicago to consider the request for a budget increase and several other proposals, including a raise for basketball coach John Groce.
CHARLESTON — Tom Michael had to choke back emotions as he formally accepted his new position as athletic director at Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday at the Baker/Warmoth Hall of Champions at Lantz Arena.
Somebody called me a “know-it-all.” Actually, the opposite is true.
I don’t know enough. Doubts and unanswered questions carom through my brain like an off-track locomotive. Mostly without resolution.
It is a treacherous walk into the world of athlete-related academics. Best to keep a distance. If you’re going to deliver a pitch, be ready to duck. Especially if you’re asking a proud university to reduce its admissions standards.
But most of the feedback from last week’s three-part series has been positive and, in some cases, informative. Excerpts follow.
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LANCASTER, Texas — For Elijah Thomas, the toughest part of dealing with the torn tendon in his left ring finger that resulted in surgery and kept him off the court for four months was not sitting idly as his teammates struggled without him.
It wasn’t the void in competition or simply missing out on playing the game he loves.
In the days and weeks immediately following his last-second, game-winning three-pointer at Iowa, Jon Ekey expected and received plenty of praise.
“It was all kind of crazy,” he said.