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Tate: New AD faces uphill battle

Question for the day: With long-awaited news ready to pop any day, how many rabbits can a new athletic director pull out of his hat to settle Illini Nation’s unrest?

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Happy birthday, Leron Black!

Born 97 years ago Sunday was baseball icon Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in the major leagues in the modern era. From 1947 through 1956, the former UCLA football and baseball star led the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Tate: George paces AD field, but situation complex

If you know the next UI athletic director, you are more informed than the rest of us.

My take has always been: The quest is running on parallel tracks, one leading to Colorado AD Rick George and the other involving everyone else, mostly those with Illini backgrounds like Josh Whitman, Larry Lubin and Tom Michael.

Illini, Nike agree to extension

All 21 Illinois athletic teams will still see the Nike swoosh on their uniforms, apparel, gear, shoes and specificed equipment and accessories for the next decade.

Illinois extended its partnership with the Beaverton, Ore., company on Tuesday through the 2025-26 school year.

Flaws, Red Stars join forces

BALTIMORE — Two of the top scorers in Illinois soccer history have been reunited. Jannelle Flaws was selected by the Chicago Red Stars with the 33rd overall pick in the NWSL College Draft on Friday and will join former Illini midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo on the league runners-up next season.

Tate: UI lucky to have AD search leader

Is silence an indication the UI is fumbling another ball? Is the search for an athletic director languishing? Isn’t it time we heard something?

No, no and no. In fact, the quest for a successor to Mike Thomas is in good hands ... the strong hands of former Cal-Davis fullback and long-time UI faculty rep Matt Wheeler.

AD search: Rick George's stance hasn't changed

As Illinois searches for an athletic director ahead of the Jan. 21 trustees meeting, Rick George provided a reminder that he’s not in the mix.

One more glance: Top 2015 stories

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:

UI decides on firm for AD search

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.

Judge removes some defendants in former soccer player's suit against UI

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.