Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.
Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?
So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.
Each Monday, we get to know some of the men and women who lead athletes in our area. This week — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield:
Each Month's Top Moment
Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.
Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.
Last year’s grade: A
By JOEY FIGUEROA
RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul has hosted the Illinois football team’s training camp for 17 of the past 18 preseasons.
When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.
Except in the Big Ten.
There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.
The Illinois soccer team has to move on in 2016 without all-time scoring leader Jannelle Flaws in that familiar No. 3 jersey, but UI coach Janet Rayfield is counting on a senior-laden, veteran team to do just that.
With the release of the 2016 schedule Thursday, staff writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down three matches to look forward to:
On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember 53 men who not only earned varsity letters as University of Illinois athletes, but who, most significantly, also served in action during World War II:
Alex Agase, FB/WR
Ralph Bassey, FB
Frank Bauman, FB
Paul Behan, TF
Joseph Buscemi, FB
Tony Butkovich, FB
Lyle Button, FB
Arthur Dufelmeier, FB
Dwight Eddleman, FB/BK/TF
Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.
On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.