On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember 53 men who not only earned varsity letters as University of Illinois athletes, but who, most significantly, also served in action during World War II:
Alex Agase, FB/WR
Ralph Bassey, FB
Frank Bauman, FB
Paul Behan, TF
Joseph Buscemi, FB
Tony Butkovich, FB
Lyle Button, FB
Arthur Dufelmeier, FB
Dwight Eddleman, FB/BK/TF
Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.
On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.
CHAMPAIGN – Warren Hood was instrumental in the renovations at Memorial Stadium. The longtime DIA administrator also took control of the State Farm Center project when Tom Michael left the University of Illinois to become athletic director at Eastern Illinois.
Kevin Hambly’s eighth recruiting class as Illinois head coach is also his seventh ranked in the Top 30 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.
Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.
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.