Illini AD on the air

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman was a guest on Saturday SportsTalk on WDWS 1400-AM in downtown Champaign, discussing plans — both on the field and off — that are under way.

"We're really excited about what the future is going to bring," he told hosts Loren Tate and Michael Kiser.

UI's Whitman eager to maintain facilities

SAVOY — Facilities are never far from the mind of Josh Whitman.

Whether it's improving the ones currently on the Illinois campus or having donor interest for a possible new facility, the Illinois athletic director knows these venues are of keen interest.

UI soccer, track teams get a park of their own

Hear more from coach Turk Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field has been without a truly permanent home for 30 years after one round of Memorial Stadium renovations in the late 1980s removed the track.

New UI soccer, track complex in works

While plans for a new football performance center is the first major facility project at Illinois since Josh Whitman took over as athletic director in March 2016, the university announced another significant facilty upgrade on Wednesday: a new soccer venue and track and field venue for the Illini.

UI Women's Soccer vs Iowa

University of Illinois Women's Soccer vs Iowa on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at Illinois Soccer Stadium.

UI: 150 years, 1,000 stories, 100 videos

They hail from six continents — the Urbana-born doctor who's devoted the past three decades to caring for the poorest of the poor in East Africa; the dreamer from Freeport who grew up with 16 brothers and sisters and went on to become the first black American billionaire; the South Korean journalist who never thought she'd see her byline in the student newspaper, being a self-described "FOTB" (

UI Soccer vs Minnesota

University of Illinois Soccer vs Minnesota, Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.

Weekly Planner: Illinois soccer


Philadelphia at Chicago Fire, Sunday, 4 p.m.

Until recently I didn't pay much attention to the Fire. Then they signed German star Bastian Schweinsteiger and I took notice. Add in the fact that they're in the MLS playoffs this season, and suddenly the Fire are a team worth watching.


Oct. 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will a quarterback change spark the Illinois football team Saturday at Iowa? Is there anything else Lovie Smith and Co. can do to right the ship? On the high school side of things, which teams and players are the ones to watch with postseason play beginning to get underway? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 2 p.m. on Friday.

UI Women's Soccer vs Rutgers

 University of Illinois Women's Soccer vs Rutgers, Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Illinois Soccer Stadium.