What moments, games, athletes and possibly even more scandal will capture our attention in 2016? Before any can come to fruition, The News-Gazette sports staff looks back at the top 10 stories from the year that was:
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will pay a search firm $140,000 to help with its athletic director search, the UI announced Wednesday.
The firm, Korn Ferry, is the world’s largest executive search firm, and has helped higher athletic administrators and head coaches at Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.
URBANA — Former Illini soccer player Casey Conine's lawsuit alleging University of Illinois officials mishandled treatment of her concussions is still ongoing, but without the high-profile defendants.
Four Illini men’s teams captured runaway Big Ten championships and more last spring.
The UI women haven’t been keeping pace. But they could make a big splash tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where the university’s pre-eminent female squad, having reached volleyball’s Sweet 16, will try to pull a shocker against Big Ten champion Minnesota.
URBANA — The chairman of the search committee that will recommend candidates for University of Illinois athletic director is no stranger to sports.
Professor Matthew Wheeler, named to head the panel last week, has served on the UI Athletic Board since 1998.
Speed is no longer needed in the search for an athletic director.
That’s because University of Illinois leaders made a mistake (imagine that!).
If the board of trustees, in cahoots with an interim chancellor (Barbara Wilson) and a first-year president, felt so strongly that Illinois needed a new direction, they should have dropped the ax on
Two days after the ceremony at the reopening of the State Farm Center to honor him and dedicate the basketball court in his name, former Illinois coach Lou Henson called into Jim Turpin’s “Penny for Your Thoughts” show on WDWS on Friday morning to chat up an old friend.
Interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk says he will not be a candidate for the permanent AD job at Illinois.
Updated 12:10 p.m.
The search committee for the next athletic director at the University of Illinois will be chaired by Matt Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences and a faculty athletic representative.