July 28 UI volleyball, women's basketball and baseball chat

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 2:00pm

Based on last week's chat, it seems like interest is ramping up again for Illinois volleyball ... Kevin Hambly's squad certainly dominated the conversation. So Scott Richey will be back at it again at 2 p.m. Tuesday, tackling any Illini volleyball questions you might have. Women's basketball and baseball are always good topics. Illini soccer, too. The same "rules" apply per usual.

Coaches cash in — more or less

University of Illinois trustees today are expected to sign off on amendments to three UI head coaches' contracts. In addition to more years for wrestling's Jim Heffernan and more money for gymnastics' Kim Landrus and Justin Spring, all three deals include provisions for "90 percent of the net profit of any camps and clinics" operated by the UI.

UI proposes private firm handle food service at sports venues

CHAMPAIGN — Everything from hot dogs to buffets for athletes to fancy desserts in luxury suites will be provided by a private company at Illini sports venues starting this fall, if several multimillion-dollar contracts under consideration are approved.

Tate: Outside party jumps gun on scandals

Nothing diminishes a position like overstating it.

That’s what Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, did when he called on UI Chancellor Phyllis Wise to essentially “fire ’em all.” Fire the athletic director, four coaches and two trainers.

That would be laughable if it didn’t go viral in so many uninformed precincts.

Tate: Damaging scandals await resolutions

Has any summer been more debilitating for the Illini?

It’s been particularly devastating to coach Matt Bollant and the women’s basketball program, and an embarrassment for the UI as a whole.

July 14 UI Olympic sports chat

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:00pm

Versatile staff writer Scott Richey has plenty on his plate, even in mid-July. What's the latest with the women's basketball scandal at Illinois? How is volleyball prepping for the 2015 season? Will Tyler Jay pitch in the majors this season? Our expert is chatting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, so get your questions in early.

Sports Talk 07-10-15

Sports Talk 07-10-15: Play now!

Scott Beaty is filling in for Steve Kelly, with Matt Daniels and Tim Ditman joining him as they talk Illini controversy, the future for the teams, and more.


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Forty-nine Illini receive league recognition

CHAMPAIGN — Forty-nine Illinois athletes have been recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2014-15 school year, the league office announced Wednesday.

Honorees must have had a 3.7 or higher grade-point average for the academic year. A total of 779 athletes from the 14 schools were recognized by the league.

Sports Talk 07-07-15

Sports Talk 07-07-15: Play now!

Scott Beatty, Tim Ditman and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Brad Dancer and Katie Hultin.


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Illini soccer slate revealed

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s soccer team will be tested immediately to start the 2015 season. And that’s before matches that actually count.