Tate: Welcome back, students

You didn’t miss much in the last three months, other than a wagonload of bad news.

Another chancellor has stepped down, three Illini athletic teams are under siege from departed squad members, Jihad Ward and several other top football players are under medical care, and the basketball team will be without Tracy Abrams and Darius Paul.

Flaws scores twice, Illinois opens with win

CHAMPAIGN — Jannelle Flaws’ ascension to the top spot among the most-prolific goal scorers in Illinois history is more when rather than if.

Two missed seasons recovering from torn ACLs put some doubt into Flaws’ Illini career, but she more than made up for the missed time with 40 goals in the past two seasons — the most by any NCAA Division I player in that time frame.

UI Soccer vs. Oakland 2015

University of Illinois soccer vs. Oakland at Illinois Soccer Stadium in Urbana on Friday, AUgust 21, 2015.

Flaws seeks bigger impact

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ 2010 recruiting class is long gone. For the most part.

Vanessa DiBernardo is playing professionally with the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League. Lauren Parkin is a medical legal assistant in St. Louis and is five months into a second job as a national team coordinator for U.S. Soccer.

Must-see fall events (preps and Illini)


Updated: Court date set for UI soccer lawsuit

The first court date has been set in the lawsuit filed by former Illini soccer player Casey Conine against the University of Illinois.

The UI filed a motion to dismiss Conine's complaint, and the motion will be heard at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Paul and "Tiz" Bresee

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.

UI soccer roundup: Rayfield hires assistant

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.

Birks rates league honor

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.

Richey: Illini soccer primer

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: