Has any summer been more debilitating for the Illini?
It’s been particularly devastating to coach Matt Bollant and the women’s basketball program, and an embarrassment for the UI as a whole.
Versatile staff writer Scott Richey has plenty on his plate, even in mid-July. What's the latest with the women's basketball scandal at Illinois? How is volleyball prepping for the 2015 season? Will Tyler Jay pitch in the majors this season? Our expert is chatting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, so get your questions in early.
CHAMPAIGN — Forty-nine Illinois athletes have been recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2014-15 school year, the league office announced Wednesday.
Honorees must have had a 3.7 or higher grade-point average for the academic year. A total of 779 athletes from the 14 schools were recognized by the league.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s soccer team will be tested immediately to start the 2015 season. And that’s before matches that actually count.
Hear from Illini soccer assistant coach Katie Hultin Wednesday at 5 on WDWS.
CHAMPAIGN — Perhaps you’ve heard of the Algarve Cup. If you follow international women’s soccer, the odds would be higher you have. Better odds, though, would probably still fall under “no.”
Scott Richey is back at it again at 2 p.m. Tuesday with another chat that encompasses just about everything Illini. He's fielding questions on women's basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball, but you can go other directions, too. Did you watch as much Women's World Cup as he did and want to chat? Fine by him. Basically, if you've got questions, he'll at least have an opinion.
We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:
Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.
Last year’s grade: B
High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.
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.
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.