Sunday Special: Reflections from the press box

They have covered the Big Ten forever. They know every nook and cranny of the conference.

They are the Big Ten Sages.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Mark Dalesandro

Happy 49th birthday Sunday to Fighting Illini baseball alum Mark Dalesandro. In 1990, he had as impressive a senior season as any player in Illinois history.

Tirico to emcee Illini Hall of Fame event

CHAMPAIGN — The date was already set for when Illinois athletics will introduce its first-ever Hall of Fame class to the public.

Now, the person who will help lead said introductions of the 28-person class is known.

NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico will serve as the emcee for the event slated for June 23 in Chicago, the UI announced on Wednesday.

Top of the Morning, April 4, 2017

Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.

Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.

First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Basketball coaching success

So, just how successful has new Fighting Illini coach Nancy Fahey been during her career? Well, when ranked in terms of winning percentage against college men’s and women’s basketball coaches who have coached 29 or more seasons, only UConn’s Geno Auriemma has been more productive.

Illini legends, lists & lore: Janet Rayfield

Happy birthday Wednesday to longtime Illini soccer coach Janet Rayfield.

Since joining Illinois’ staff in 2002, her teams have won nearly 60 percent of their games (177-114-32) and a pair of Big Ten titles.

Illinois will induct 28 into Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Memorable home wins vs. Wisconsin

It’s been six long years since Illini fans last saw their favorite team defeat Wisconsin at State Farm Center.

Demetri McCamey was the hero that day — Jan. 2, 2011 — scoring 21 points, including 11 of 11 free-throw attempts, in a 69-61 victory against Bo Ryan’s Badgers.