Eight with UI connections are at the Rio Games. A quick breakdown:
Jill Ellis, United States
Women’s soccer coach
The reigning CONCACAF and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year has an Olympic favorite in a team coming off a World Cup victory last year.
By JOEY FIGUEROA
CHAMPAIGN — With a glance at the Illinois soccer team’s record books, one name catches the eye. Not because it has many letters or is a particularly strange name — it’s just all over the place.
CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.
All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.
CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand — so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.
“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.
Alexander Woods is a heckuva baseball player.
But the reason he'll draw cheers all around — and maybe tears from his mom — at Thursday's Tom Jones Challenge League All-Star Game has nothing to do with hitting, fielding or baserunning.
A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.
Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.
Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?
So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.
Each Monday, we get to know some of the men and women who lead athletes in our area. This week — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield:
Each Month's Top Moment
Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.