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Baseball team achieves highest ranking

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois baseball team made serious leaps in four of five national polls Monday while continuing to climb closer to the Top 10 in the fifth. The Illini (24-6-1, 5-1 Big Ten) were ranked 12th in the Top 25 on Monday after sweeping Northwestern during the weekend, marking a new high point for national rankings in program history.

Marching Illini director seeking same position at Ohio State

The Director of the University of Illinois Marching Illini and Athletic Bands is one of the finalists for the same position at the Ohio State University.

OSU Senior Director of Communications Gary Lewis said Barry Houser, who is also Assistant Band Director at the UI, is on the OSU campus this week participating in the interview process for that school's marching band director.

04-06-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

04-06-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Play now!

04-06-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks on the day of the Natiional Championship Game. Wisconsin vs Duke.


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Top of the Morning, April 5, 2015

The Orange Krush used 31 T-shirts to make the quilt pictured here. Some came directly from the vast collection of Mary and Lou Henson, who founded the UI basketball's energetic student cheering section in 1976. It wasn't so popular back then.

"The first game," Lou said, "we had 60 T-shirts ready. I think we only handed out 15."

Tate: Wondering what could have been

Oh, what might have been.

It is virtually unanimous that Illinois needs help at point guard and center. UI basketball coaches must agree, otherwise John Groce wouldn’t be waving April offers for those positions.

Big Ten's best radio moments

Every college basketball program has one.

A buzzer-beater to win an NCAA tournament game. A clutch three-pointer to complete an improbable comeback. Staff writer Bob Asmussen asked the 14 Big Ten schools for their magic moments. And talked to the announcers who made the calls. 

Illini legends, lists and lore: Stephen Bardo

Happy 47th birthday to Flyin’ Illini alum Stephen Bardo. The son of Dr. Harold Bardo, former Southern Illinois University athlete and longtime director of SIU’s Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program, was recruited to Illinois by Lou Henson.

Saturday SportsTalk 04-04-15

Saturday SportsTalk 04-04-15: Play now!

Today on Saturday SportsTalk Steve Kelly and Loren Tate talk Illini Football,Basketball and More on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS.


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April 7 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:00am

Longtime News-Gazette staff writer Bob Asmussen remembers John Wooden's dynasty at UCLA and what it was like to see NC State end the run. Who will win Monday's NCAA title game? How did the Illinois football team look at Homewood-Flossmoor? Will Champaign get a new high school? No topics are off limits.

Illini scrapbook: Remembering Gene Vance

The Pride of Clinton helped put the Whiz Kids on the national map. Listen to him explain how they did it.