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UI Year in Review: From start to finish, what a wild ride it was

Top male athletes

1. Malcolm Hill, basketball. Senior guard did it all for the Illini — again — ranking in the top two on the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals.

2. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Two-time national champion was denied a third in the 165-pound title match — only his second career loss — after moving up a weight class.

Moments of the month

July

There were hugs all around after Jeremiah Tilmon committed to John Groce and the Illini — just one step of many in what turned into a tumultuous recruitment.

August

Camp Rantoul, home to Illinois football training camp since 1998, hosted Illini soccer instead after Lovie Smith moved his first training camp as coach back to campus.

The report cards are in

Men's golf: A

Why an A: Count the ways. Mike Small's squad won its third straight Big Ten championship, with Dylan Meyer winning a seventh straight individual title for the Illini. A 10th straight NCAA tournament appearance and third straight national semifinals berth followed.

Last year's grade: A

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Coming soon: Fireworks for the Illini

July is the only month without a single Illinois game, match or meet on the docket. Never fear.

Schedules are set for some of the fall Illini sports, and with that in mind, here's four home events to watch out for once the action gets going again here shortly in Champaign-Urbana:

Volleyball

Sept. 8

PODCAST: SportsTalk 6-30-17

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Sitting down with Josh Whitman

Josh Whitman has stayed busy in his first 15 months on the job as the Illinois athletic director. From firing and hiring coaches, to developing renovation plans for Memorial Stadium and much more, the 38-year-old Whitman doesn't lack for things to do. He held court with the media earlier this week on the UI campus, and The News-Gazette's Marcus Jackson was there.

AD: Two Hall of Fame events was always the plan

CHAMPAIGN — During a wide-ranging media roundtable on Tuesday at the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building, Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman went on a tangent about the history and tradition the Illini have carved in 120 years of competition.

Sunday Special: Reflections from the press box

They have covered the Big Ten forever. They know every nook and cranny of the conference.

They are the Big Ten Sages.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Mark Dalesandro

Happy 49th birthday Sunday to Fighting Illini baseball alum Mark Dalesandro. In 1990, he had as impressive a senior season as any player in Illinois history.