Soccer

Soccer

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.

Tom's #Mailbag, March 22, 2019

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This week's mailbag is bulging more than Bruce Pearl's pockets — and his shirts.

'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical

URBANA — "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI trustees.

UI sophomore Mike Skibski presented the idea for a World War I soldier to represent the Fighting Illini during the public comment section of the board's meeting at the Illini Union.

UI unveils Hall of Fame Class of '19

The  UI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was unveiled this morning and includes:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2019

Introducing JULIA GREUEL, a junior at the University of Illinois and the next president of Illini Pride, the student organization that supports sports of all sorts.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2019

It's not quite as big as, say, State Farm Center, but JESSE NAUMAN's "Illini Room" in the basement of his house in Granville takes up serious space.

"At some point, it became an obsession," the 41-year-old UI grad said of his memorabilia collection. "I'm just about out of room."

Jock Jams 2019

Jock Jams 2019 at Foellinger Auditorium on UI campus in Urbana on Monday, Jan. 29, 2019. The event benefitted Feed Our Kids, Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression and the Luke Tatsu Johnson Foundation.

Hype building toward future

CHAMPAIGN — The 2019 Illinois baseball recruiting class is the last one for coach Dan Hartleb that came without the benefit of the Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center. The eight players Illinois signed Wednesday, plus three more Hartleb said he couldn't yet talk about, all picked the Illini without knowing a major facility upgrade was on the way.

Illinois waiting on NCAA tournament fate

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Janet Rayfield has a busy weekend ahead. The Illinois soccer coach will be keeping an eye on conference tournaments across the country while keeping her team ready just in case good news comes Monday when the NCAA tournament field is announced.

Cunningham calm under pressure

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois goalkeeper Jaelyn Cunningham guessed right on the first penalty kick Wisconsin took in Sunday's Big Ten tournament quarterfinal match in Madison, Wis.

Dani Rhodes still scored for the Badgers on that penalty kick, evening the score at 1-1 in the first half. But the fact Cunningham was close to making a save provided a little confidence.

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