Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 16, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. "Scotty" Reston is one of the University of Illinois' most influential alumni (1932), but it's largely unknown that he was a two-sport letter winner for the Illini.

Top of the Morning, June 15, 2019

Just because he won a big, fancy award doesn't mean HOWARD MILTON will be treated any differently when he returns to the office.

The idea of showing up with a 'Mr. Fundraiser of the Year' nametag is definitely out of the question.

"They'll call me the usual 'Mr. Forgetful,'" he said, "or 'The Guy Who Works For Josh.'"

UI soccer coach roots on predecessor

CHAMPAIGN — Janet Rayfield spent the run up to the 2015 Women's World Cup as an advance scout for the U.S. Women's National Team.

The Illinois soccer coach was simply lending a helping hand to her predecessor Jill Ellis, who went from being the first Illini coach in program history to leading Team USA.

UI commission's advice: Formal, public retirement of Chief

CHAMPAIGN — A formal public retirement of Chief Illiniwek and a plaque outside Memorial Stadium commemorating the Chief's history — and why the symbol was dropped — are among the recommendations from a commission asked to help the University of Illinois move past the 30-year-old controversy.

Closing the gender gap important to ex-Illini coach Ellis


Los Angeles Times (TNS)

As a schoolgirl growing up in southern England, Jill Ellis couldn't play competitive soccer.

It wasn't that girls weren't allowed. It was just that, given the attitudes of the 1970s, no one had thought to organize teams for them.

It wasn't ladylike, Ellis' mother, Margaret, once explained.

Big Ten tabs Warren as new commissioner

ROSEMONT — The Big Ten hired Minnesota Vikings executive Kevin Warren as its new commissioner Tuesday, bringing on a former college basketball player and sports agent with a law degree from Notre Dame to replace Jim Delany and become the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference.The 55-year-old Warren has been the chief operating officer for the Vikings since 2015, the first African-A

Whitman: All bets should be off on collegiate sports


SPRINGFIELD — Speaking to a House subcommittee Wednesday on behalf of 12 of the state’s 13 NCAA Division I schools — all except Chicago State — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said he opposed any bill that would allow sports betting on collegiate athletics in Illinois.

Price tag for UI's new soccer/track complex jumps 50% to $20 million

CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for a new track and soccer complex at the University of Illinois has jumped by 50 percent, to more than $20 million.

UI officials say competition for Champaign-Urbana construction companies and rising prices for steel and aluminum are two factors in the cost increase for the Demirjian Park Project along St. Mary's Road in Champaign.

Whitman, Illini remain all in on hockey

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman set a tentative initial goal of having a decision on Division I hockey at Illinois — one way or the other — by the end of 2018.

The end of the year came and passed without an answer, the timeline for such pushed back until spring.

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