Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | March 25

Happy Birthday to former Illini All-America goalkeeper Leisha Alcia.

Originally recruited from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada by then coach Tricia Taliaferro, Alcia played three of her four seasons under Janet Rayfield. From 2001 to 2004, she starred as the Illini net minder, starting 83 of 85 matches.

UI trustees to vote on health insurance hike, bonds for sports complex

URBANA — A 15 percent increase in student health insurance rates and a $196 million bond sale to finance construction of a soccer and track complex, football performance facility and other projects will be considered today by University of Illinois trustees.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | March 11

One-hundred-fifty years ago today — March 11, 1868 — the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) celebrated its opening of nine days earlier with inaugural ceremonies. President John Milton Gregory, both members of his faculty, 77 students and a bevy of town folk gathered in a large hall on the third floor of University Hall, known by its moniker "The Elephant."

Illinois announces latest Hall of Fame class

The second Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class already featured Lou Henson.

That much was known when Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman announced last summer that Henson, the all-time winningest men’s basketball coach in Illinois history, would headline the latest class.

VIDEO: Jock Jams

After Illinois golfer and Jock Jams host Dylan Meyer sent him a direct message on Twitt

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The ninth version of the Fighting Illini Jock Jams will include a Hall of Famer as a judge.

Former basketball star DERON WILLIAMS is scheduled to participate. He was part of the inaugural class of the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame along with teammate DEE BROWN and 26 others.

Illini AD on the air

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman was a guest on Saturday SportsTalk on WDWS 1400-AM in downtown Champaign, discussing plans — both on the field and off — that are under way.

"We're really excited about what the future is going to bring," he told hosts Loren Tate and Michael Kiser.

UI's Whitman eager to maintain facilities

SAVOY — Facilities are never far from the mind of Josh Whitman.

Whether it's improving the ones currently on the Illinois campus or having donor interest for a possible new facility, the Illinois athletic director knows these venues are of keen interest.

UI soccer, track teams get a park of their own

Hear more from coach Turk Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field has been without a truly permanent home for 30 years after one round of Memorial Stadium renovations in the late 1980s removed the track.

New UI soccer, track complex in works

While plans for a new football performance center is the first major facility project at Illinois since Josh Whitman took over as athletic director in March 2016, the university announced another significant facilty upgrade on Wednesday: a new soccer venue and track and field venue for the Illini.