From 1927 through 1973, the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium had two public address voices. Paul and Howard “Tiz” Bresee, the sons of Mattoon’s Byrd and Bertha Bresee, reported the runs of Buddy Young, J.C. Caroline and Jim Grabowski, the passes of Perry Moss, Tommy O’Connell and Mike Wells, the tackles of Dick Butkus and the interceptions of Al Brosky.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield rounded out her coaching staff Friday with the announcement that former Missouri State standout Allie Osmundson would join the Illini as a volunteer assistant this fall.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois redshirt senior outside hitter Jocelynn Birks was one of four unanimous Preseason All-Big Ten selections announced by the conference on Thursday.
Birks, who was named to the preseason team for a third consecutive season, finished the 2014 season as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and an AVCA second-team All-American after totaling a Big Ten-leading 527 kills.
Illinois’ season opener is nearly a week away, but before taking on Oakland at home next Friday, Katherine Ratz and the Illini have a pair of exhibition matches this week. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY details what you need to know about Janet Rayfield’s 14th squad:
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois volleyball team will start the 2015 season ranked eighth in the country after the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason Top 25 was released Wednesday. The Illini, who went 26-8 overall and 16-4 in the Big Ten before their season ended in the Sweet 16, finished the 2014 season ranked 11th.
Illini wide receiver Mikey Dudek made the college football world sit up and take notice in 2014 as a freshman, so it will take a Herculean effort for him to make a comparable encore in his second season.
Illini redshirt senior Jannelle Flaws was named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy watch list, the organization announced Wednesday.
Flaws was one of 28 Division I women’s soccer players to be recognized on the list, marking the second consecutive season she was recognized for the honor.
The Illinois soccer team’s connection to the U.S. women’s national team will stay alive. At least for a few more years.
Original Illinois coach Jill Ellis signed a multiyear extension to remain the national team boss, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday, after guiding the Americans to a World Cup title in July, just 16 months into her tenure.