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Tate | NCAA rules create more confusion than solutions

Sometimes NCAA rules take your breath away.

We'll call this a case of "unintended consequences" as I engaged in my weekly search for Sunday's column material.

Following the Illinois women's tennis team's 4-3 NCAA win over Princeton in Lubbock, Texas — thereby reaching the Round of 32 for only the third time — these thoughts occurred:

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 20, 2018

In 1946, when the University of Chicago eliminated its varsity football program and withdrew its membership from the Western Conference (now known as the Big Ten), Michigan State University President John Hannah began his petition for the Spartans to take Chicago’s place as the league’s 10th member.

Beyond the arc: Gavitt Tipoff sets up interesting matchups

There's really no true offseason for college basketball. Here's three things that caught our college basketball writer and top 25 voter's attention in the last week:

(Five-star) Men of Troy

Tipoff: Big Ten's top returning players poised for breakout seasons

The 2018-19 season is still six months away, but our college basketball writer is thinking ahead. This week? Ten returning Big Ten players poised for a breakout:

1. Geo Baker, So., Rutgers

Returning Illini don't want a youth problem next winter

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men's basketball team spent most of the spring in the weight room with strength and conditioning coach Adam Fletcher.

Per NCAA rules, Fletcher gets quadruple the time with the players than the coaches do on the basketball court.

2 UI trustees visited Peoria tribe's new chief

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As a campus effort to bridge the divide over Chief Illiniwek continues, two University of Illinois trustees quietly flew to Oklahoma last week to meet with the new chief of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.

Champaign council officially puts hotel project in former Illini's hands

CHAMPAIGN — After being in limbo for a few months, downtown's upcoming millennial-focused boutique hotel is officially back on track with a new developer.

Group honoring Champaign couple with philanthropy award

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign couple with a track record for generosity will be honored Thursday by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois.

Dave Downey and Jane Hays will receive the Kyle and Phyllis Robeson Philanthropy Award at the foundation's annual Hearts of Gold gala.

Okoro a defensive fit for Ducks

CHAMPAIGN — Brian Cupples felt like he had a good idea about which way Francis Okoro’s recruitment would go in the last week.

Illini get Hoyas in Gavitt Games

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois will get an early test against a high major opponent before heading to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. A warm-up, of sorts, for a serious challenge in the early part of the season.