Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Month-by-month highlights

July 2014
Tom Michael left for Eastern Illinois and the chance to run his own athletic department after two-plus decades at Illinois, first as a basketball player for Lou Henson and later as an administrator.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15

Top Male Athletes
1. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Only 10 wrestlers win a national title each year. Those who go undefeated doing so are a much smaller group, which Martinez joined in March.

2. Tyler Jay, baseball. The Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and No. 6 overall draft pick of the Minnesota Twins was one of the most dominant closers in the nation this spring.

Ex-Illini coach Ellis has come long way

CHAMPAIGN — Janet Rayfield was one of the anxious tens of thousand Americans in Montreal on Tuesday.

Just not for the same reasons.

Recognize her?

Jillian Ellis was the first Illinois women's soccer coach in school history.

She only stayed for two seasons, compiling a 19-18 record during the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Illini before moving on to UCLA.

June 30 UI 'Olympic sports' chat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 3:00pm

Staff writer Scott Richey will mark his one-year anniversary with the News-Gazette with another chat on everything Illini. He's back at it again this week at 3 p.m. with your answers for Illinois volleyball, soccer, women's basketball and baseball questions.

Sunday Conversation: Vanessa DiBernardo

Vanessa DiBernardo finished her collegiate career as one of the most decorated Illini in program history. The two-time All-American and three time All-Big Ten first-team selection now plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National

June 23 Illinois 'Olympic' sports chat

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 2:00pm

Staff writer Scott Richey is ready to answer any and all questions you might have about Illinois volleyball, soccer, women's basketball and baseball in his usual 2 p.m. Tuesday slot. Or you could get him going on other topics ... MLB, golf, Women's World Cup. It's summer. Let's have some fun.

From the blog: which Chicago team rules Chambana?

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June 16 Illinois 'Olympic' sports chat

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 2:00pm

Now that summer has essentially started, staff writer Scott Richey will be taking all sorts of questions once again at 2 p.m. Want to talk Illini baseball still? Perfectly fine. Ready for a jumpstart on volleyball season? He can do that too. Is women's basketball on your mind? Maybe soccer or golf? He's never short an opinion. 

What's next for Illini?

Long faces and consoling hugs were doled out Monday evening once the Illinois baseball season ended with a 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt.

The Commodores are onto the College World Series, which starts this weekend in Omaha, Neb., while the Illini will now have to reload much of their roster after a 50-10-1 season.