Asmussen: Fictitious Hall of Fame a blast

I love sports. 

And I love movies/TV.

Thanks to Kirk Buchner, both my worlds collide. In a good way.

The Canadian-based Buchner is the owner/creator of the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.

“It is a labor of love,” Buchner said.

Tate: Q&A with Mike Thomas

The role of an athletic director touches on an endless variety of issues. Moving into May, Mike Thomas provides an Illini update:


How has the success of the men’s spring teams impacted the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics?

Illini legends, lists and lore: Cecil Coleman

Born on this date in 1924 was former University of Illinois athletic director Cecil Coleman. He assumed those duties on Aug. 1, 1972, replacing Gene Vance. Coleman was hired from Wichita State University after one year in that role.

Flaws returns for sixth season

The news the Illinois soccer team was expecting (fingers crossed) and hoping for came Monday from the NCAA — Jannelle Flaws is getting her sixth year of eligibility. The Glenview native has been a part of the Illinois program since 2010 but missed her true freshman season recovering from a high school ACL tear and then suffered another one in 2012.

Neal, others get message out

CHAMPAIGN — T.J. Neal is confident on the football field.

Illini roundup: Golfers win Match Play crown

PALM COAST, Fla. — The top-ranked Illinois men’s golf team lived up to its billing Monday, defeating Maryland and Michigan to win the Big Ten Match Play Championships at Hammock Beach Resort’s Conservatory Course.

Illinois beat the Wolverines 3-2 in the championship match after the Illini won 3-2 against Maryland in the semifinals.

Tate: Digging into numbers unearths unfair setup

A “level playing field” was always a myth.

It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.

What’s fair about that?

UI roundup: Soccer signs four recruits

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s soccer team finalized its 2015 class Friday, adding two midfielders, a forward and a defender.

The biggest sports story of 2014 is ...

The biggest sports stories of 2014 happened as much off the field as on the field. Some involved children and teenagers who inspired us. Others involved NFL superstars, an NFL newcomer and their commissioner. A look back at the 14 biggest of  '14:


Flaws claims another soccer honor

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer season ended the first full week of November with a 2-0 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, but the postseason honors for Jannelle Flaws haven’t stopped.