CHAMPAIGN — With two more payouts totaling $625,000, University of Illinois athletics is closing the door on an expensive year of accusations, investigations and coaching shake-ups.
The UI announced Tuesday it had reached settlements in two cases:
One year ago this week, the Fighting Illini baseball team swept a weekend series at home against Purdue. In Game 1, Illinois struck with five runs in the first and cruised to a 10-5 victory before a crowd of 2,843. Junior Ryan Nagle, who finished a triple short of the cycle, went 3 for 5 with three runs, a home run and two RBI.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — This was the one that got away — literally.
After Illinois rallied to tie the game at 4 in the eighth inning, Indiana State scored the winning run on a dropped third strike with two outs in the ninth in a 5-4 baseball victory Tuesday.
Eighteen years ago today — March 27, 1998 — Kevin Rudden blasted three home runs and singled in a seventh RBI as the Illini baseball team clobbered Michigan 20-3 at windy Illinois Field. Dusty Rhodes, Aaron Nieckula and Aaron Peelman also homered for the Illini.
Chris Peacock knows Josh Whitman. And he knows Illinois athletics.
Peacock and Whitman worked together at Illinois from 2005 to ’08. When Whitman became the athletic director at Washington University, he brought Peacock to the St. Louis school as his right-hand man, naming him deputy director.
Now, Whitman is in charge at Illinois.
Happy 50th birthday to former Illini basketball co-captain Glynn Blackwell.
URBANA — With trustee approval under his belt, new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has lots to ponder once he officially takes over on Saturday.
What's first on his list? It's up to Whitman, according to interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.
It’s Oscar “Make Believe” Sunday, so let’s apply “best of” categories to real Illini sports figures.
We don’t need host Chris Rock to offset the Hollywood outcry about a lack of diversity.
Fifty years ago today — Feb. 28, 1966 — behind a magnificent 30-point, 20-rebound performance from Rich Jones, the Illini defeated Purdue 98-81. The victory lifted Illinois’ record to 7-5, two games behind league-leading Michigan. Said UI coach Harry Combes about his talented second-year player, “Rich improved more his sophomore year than any Illinois player in history.
What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.