Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Team Grades

We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:

Baseball (A)

Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.

Last year’s grade: B

High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Month-by-month highlights

July 2014
Tom Michael left for Eastern Illinois and the chance to run his own athletic department after two-plus decades at Illinois, first as a basketball player for Lou Henson and later as an administrator.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15

Top Male Athletes
1. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Only 10 wrestlers win a national title each year. Those who go undefeated doing so are a much smaller group, which Martinez joined in March.

2. Tyler Jay, baseball. The Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and No. 6 overall draft pick of the Minnesota Twins was one of the most dominant closers in the nation this spring.

Asmussen: Springfield waits with open arms

Is Springfield ready for the Illini invasion? Jim Ruppert sure thinks so.

The longtime sports editor at the State Journal-Register has been at the newspaper for 39 years. When Illinois plays five men’s basketball games at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, it will rank among the biggest sporting events in city history.

Ex-Illini coach Ellis has come long way

CHAMPAIGN — Janet Rayfield was one of the anxious tens of thousand Americans in Montreal on Tuesday.

Just not for the same reasons.

July 6 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 11:00am

Our longtime college football writer is ready to take your questions on all things Illinois and beyond. Ask him his thoughts on Tim Beckman's team who he plans to vote No. 1 going into the college season. And ask him about the continued issues facing the women's basketball program.

Anderson advances, Ram bows out

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

Twice, Williams was oh, so close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Langley still atop tourney

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Jhonattan Vegas hasn’t had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost.

Vegas shot a 5-under-par 65 to tie former Illini Scott Langley for the lead after the second round Friday. They were at 9-under 131 on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.

Decision day for five-star guard

Five-star point guard Alterique Gilbert, an Illinois target in the 2016 class, will announce his college decision on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 Gilbert will choose between the Illini, Syracuse, Connecticut, Louisville and Texas.

Rice, Egwu dream big

A look at what former Illini Rayvonte Rice and Nnanna Egwu need to do to impress during the NBA Summer League, courtesy staffer Alex Roux: