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AD search chief a familiar face for UI athletics

URBANA — The chairman of the search committee that will recommend candidates for University of Illinois athletic director is no stranger to sports.

Professor Matthew Wheeler, named to head the panel last week, has served on the UI Athletic Board since 1998.

Tate: Waiting game burns UI in AD search

Speed is no longer needed in the search for an athletic director.

That’s because University of Illinois leaders made a mistake (imagine that!).

If the board of trustees, in cahoots with an interim chancellor (Barbara Wilson) and a first-year president, felt so strongly that Illinois needed a new direction, they should have dropped the ax on

Henson on search committee, ceremony and old friendships

Two days after the ceremony at the reopening of the State Farm Center to honor him and dedicate the basketball court in his name, former Illinois coach Lou Henson called into Jim Turpin’s “Penny for Your Thoughts” show on WDWS on Friday morning to chat up an old friend.

Interim AD won't pursue full-time job

Interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk says he will not be a candidate for the permanent AD job at Illinois.

Getting to know … AD search committee

UI Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced the search committee for the next athletic director on Friday. The rundown:

AD search committee unveiled

Updated 12:10 p.m.

The search committee for the next athletic director at the University of Illinois will be chaired by Matt Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences and a faculty athletic representative.

Sunday Conversation: Paul Kowalczyk

Paul Kowalczyk was named Illinois’ interim athletic director on Monday. Staff writer Scott Richey caught up with Kowalczyk on Wednesday, less than 48 hours into his new job, to discuss what’s next for Illinois athletics, his previous stops at Southern Illinois and Colorado State, life as a Cleveland Browns fan and craft beer:

Illini legends, lists and lore: 1924 UI-Minnesota football

Ninety-one years ago Sunday — Nov. 15, 1924 — Red Grange and the Illini football team helped dedicate the University of Minnesota’s new Memorial Stadium.

Coincidentally, just four weeks earlier, Illinois had dedicated its own facility against Michigan, a game in which No. 77 was immortalized as one of football’s all-time greats.

Kowalczyk takes it day by day

CHAMPAIGN — “Whirlwind” was the word that came to mind for Illinois interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk to describe the last 48 hours. Five days’ notice really didn’t give him a head start on his new duties. Not when he wouldn’t officially take the reins of the job until Monday’s announcement of Mike Thomas’ termination.

Tate: George might be perfect match

There are matches made in heaven ... Mike Krzyzewski and Duke, Urban Meyer and Ohio State ... or if you prefer, Bill and Hillary, Johnny Cash and June Carter — who else could have sung “Jackson”? — and don’t forget Stiller and Meara.

Congratulate Michigan’s Wolverines. They had one objective above all others, and they landed him: Jim Harbaugh. Another match made in heaven.