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.
URBANA — A former University of Illinois soccer player filed a lawsuit Monday against the university’s athletic department, athletic director Mike Thomas, coach Janet Rayfield and assistant athletic trainer Brittany Scott over the handling of a concussion she received.
The suit seeks damages of at least $50,000.
About this time of the year, the University of Illinois typically names its male and female athletes of the year.
On the men’s side of the ledger, the recipients date back to 1940 when football and baseball star Bill Hapac received the initial honor.
Urbana gymnast Nancy Thies was the first female honoree in 1977.
I’m not much of a gamer anymore, but I was big time in my youth. And what’s an Illini fan to do when the NCAA doesn’t allow player likenesses to be used in video games? Create a character who looks like your favorite Illini, of course. Right down to the number.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Hope D’Addario was called up to the U23 U.S. National Team for the Four Nations Tournament in the Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg regions of Norway this week. D’Addario, who started as a center back in all 20 matches for the Illini soccer team, had two goals and two assists last fall.
Forty-two years ago today, former Illinois wrestling coach Paul Prehn died at the age of 80. Illinois’ head coach from 1920-28, he led the Orange and Blue to seven Big Ten team championships. From 1922-25, team titles were based on dual meet records. Prehn’s league crowns came in 1920 and ’22, then consecutively from 1924-28.
CHAMPAIGN — During 14-plus years at WDWS and its sister stations, Brian Moline has covered college football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling and women’s basketball.
He has called high school football, basketball and baseball games.
He has been one of the voices of C-U Little League.
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.
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?
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.