Illini legends, lists and lore: Top pass catchers

Illini wide receiver Mikey Dudek made the college football world sit up and take notice in 2014 as a freshman, so it will take a Herculean effort for him to make a comparable encore in his second season.  

Flaws on prestigious list

Illini redshirt senior Jannelle Flaws was named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy watch list, the organization announced Wednesday.

Flaws was one of 28 Division I women’s soccer players to be recognized on the list, marking the second consecutive season she was recognized for the honor.

Ellis, Rayfield keep connection

The Illinois soccer team’s connection to the U.S. women’s national team will stay alive. At least for a few more years.

Original Illinois coach Jill Ellis signed a multiyear extension to remain the national team boss, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday, after guiding the Americans to a World Cup title in July, just 16 months into her tenure.

Tate: Some conclusions reached in women's hoops case

The $10 million civil case brought by seven UI women basketball players took a hit Monday.

Well, not really, attorneys will tell you.

But for the second time, an investigation into racial discrimination and harassment found the athletes’ allegations unsupported.

July 28 UI volleyball, women's basketball and baseball chat

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 2:00pm

Based on last week's chat, it seems like interest is ramping up again for Illinois volleyball ... Kevin Hambly's squad certainly dominated the conversation. So Scott Richey will be back at it again at 2 p.m. Tuesday, tackling any Illini volleyball questions you might have. Women's basketball and baseball are always good topics. Illini soccer, too. The same "rules" apply per usual.

Coaches cash in — more or less

University of Illinois trustees today are expected to sign off on amendments to three UI head coaches' contracts. In addition to more years for wrestling's Jim Heffernan and more money for gymnastics' Kim Landrus and Justin Spring, all three deals include provisions for "90 percent of the net profit of any camps and clinics" operated by the UI.

UI proposes private firm handle food service at sports venues

CHAMPAIGN — Everything from hot dogs to buffets for athletes to fancy desserts in luxury suites will be provided by a private company at Illini sports venues starting this fall, if several multimillion-dollar contracts under consideration are approved.

Tate: Outside party jumps gun on scandals

Nothing diminishes a position like overstating it.

That’s what Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, did when he called on UI Chancellor Phyllis Wise to essentially “fire ’em all.” Fire the athletic director, four coaches and two trainers.

That would be laughable if it didn’t go viral in so many uninformed precincts.

Tate: Damaging scandals await resolutions

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.

July 14 UI Olympic sports chat

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:00pm

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.