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.
Celebrating his 37th birthday Sunday is former University of Illinois player and current Illini football assistant coach Luke Butkus.
Named to head coach Lovie Smith’s staff on March 10, Butkus returned to the Champaign-Urbana campus as offensive line coach. He also served in that capacity during the 2012 season for coach Tim Beckman.
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CHAMPAIGN — Jerry Hester’s final year of professional basketball came as Illinois was making a run to the national championship game.
When Hester hung up his sneakers after playing six years overseas — mostly in Poland — Stephen Bardo was stepping back from the microphone as the full-time radio analyst for Illini basketball.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois is making a habit of becoming the first high major offer for some of the state’s top rising sophomores.
The latest to snag an Illini offer on an unofficial visit on Thursday? Perry Cowan, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of DePaul Prep.
PLAYER PICK DRAFTED BY YEAR
Don Sunderlage 9th Philadelphia Warriors 1951
Played two seasons — one each for the Milwaukee Hawks and Minneapolis Lakers — and was an All-Star in 1953-54 for the former.
ROCHESTER, Mich. — Former Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn will continue his basketball career at Oakland, multiple outlets reported Wednesday night after Joe Henricksen of City/Suburban Hoops Report broke the news.