Sycamores topple Illini baseball

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — This was the one that got away — literally.

After Illinois rallied to tie the game at 4 in the eighth inning, Indiana State scored the winning run on a dropped third strike with two outs in the ninth in a 5-4 baseball victory Tuesday.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Dan Hartleb's blowouts

Eighteen years ago today — March 27, 1998 — Kevin Rudden blasted three home runs and singled in a seventh RBI as the Illini baseball team clobbered Michigan 20-3 at windy Illinois Field. Dusty Rhodes, Aaron Nieckula and Aaron Peelman also homered for the Illini.

Asmussen: Learning at heart of Whitman hire

Chris Peacock knows Josh Whitman. And he knows Illinois athletics.

Peacock and Whitman worked together at Illinois from 2005 to ’08. When Whitman became the athletic director at Washington University, he brought Peacock to the St. Louis school as his right-hand man, naming him deputy director.

Now, Whitman is in charge at Illinois.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Glynn Blackwell

Happy 50th birthday to former Illini basketball co-captain Glynn Blackwell.

UPDATED: Coaching call in Whitman's court

URBANA — With trustee approval under his belt, new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has lots to ponder once he officially takes over on Saturday.

What's first on his list? It's up to Whitman, according to interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.

Tate: Awarding 'Oscars' to UI athletics

It’s Oscar “Make Believe” Sunday, so let’s apply “best of” categories to real Illini sports figures.

We don’t need host Chris Rock to offset the Hollywood outcry about a lack of diversity.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Rich Jones

Fifty years ago today — Feb. 28, 1966 — behind a magnificent 30-point, 20-rebound performance from Rich Jones, the Illini defeated Purdue 98-81. The victory lifted Illinois’ record to 7-5, two games behind league-leading Michigan. Said UI coach Harry Combes about his talented second-year player, “Rich improved more his sophomore year than any Illinois player in history.

Feb. 25 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.

Tate: Mackovic's tenure shows how AD post has changed

Like Blockbuster and pay telephone booths, the college coach who doubles as athletic director is obsolete. Outmoded. A relic of time past.

ADs are mostly businessmen today, backgrounded in administration or holding a law degree like the UI’s Josh Whitman. They have oversight responsibilities for multiple sports, but their principal job is schmoozing donors and updating facilities.

Roll call: A look at UI ADs

Josh Whitman will officially become the 14th permanent athletic director in Illinois history on March 21. A look at his predecessors:

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