Tate: Getting to the points on Thomas

Administrators administrate. Fundraisers chase money. Professors teach.

In most cases, our jobs aren’t complicated. Salesmen sell. Accountants run numbers. Farmers farm.

But as we’re starting to understand with the travails of the UI’s Mike Thomas, the obligations of a collegiate athletic director run the gamut of complexity.

UI roundup: Volleyball falls to No. 2 Stanford

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Illinois looked on the verge of extending Friday’s match against No. 2 Stanford to five sets, rallying late in the fourth to take a lead on the Cardinal.

Flaws sets Illinois soccer scoring record in win

CHAMPAIGN — Forty-nine career goals later, Jannelle Flaws still remembers No. 1.

It came during her redshirt freshman season — eight matches into a career initially derailed by a torn ACL during her senior season at Glenbrook South High School that robbed her of her true freshman season in 2010.

UI Women's Soccer vs St. Louis

University of Illinois Women's Soccer vs St. Louis, Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. 

Flaws ties Illini scoring record in victory

CHAMPAIGN — Jannelle Flaws’ spot atop Illinois’ all-time goals-scored list is secured. The sixth-year forward scored twice in Illinois’ 5-2 victory against Texas Christian on Friday night, tying Tara Hurless’ record of 47 career goals set in the 2004 season.

N-G EXCLUSIVE: Random drug tests, mixed results at UI

It can happen any place, at any time — after football two-a-days at Camp Rantoul or Friday night's volleyball season opener at Huff Hall.

Random drug testing of athletes is as much a part of the university experience as pregame pep talks and postgame press conferences.

Robishaw's tally pushes Illini to victory

NORMAL — Illinois defenseman Reagan Robishaw tallied in the 60th minute Sunday against Illinois State, pushing the Illini to a 1-0 road victory.

Robishaw’s second goal of the season was assisted by Jannelle Flaws, marking the latter’s second helper of the young campaign.

Sunday Special: Social media a 'double-edged sword'

CHAMPAIGN — In many ways, sports and social media form a perfect match.

Much like social media, sports are spread out across various platforms with different sets of rules, and they thrive on instant reactions shared among large groups of people.

Tate: Welcome back, students

You didn’t miss much in the last three months, other than a wagonload of bad news.

Another chancellor has stepped down, three Illini athletic teams are under siege from departed squad members, Jihad Ward and several other top football players are under medical care, and the basketball team will be without Tracy Abrams and Darius Paul.

Flaws scores twice, Illinois opens with win

CHAMPAIGN — Jannelle Flaws’ ascension to the top spot among the most-prolific goal scorers in Illinois history is more when rather than if.

Two missed seasons recovering from torn ACLs put some doubt into Flaws’ Illini career, but she more than made up for the missed time with 40 goals in the past two seasons — the most by any NCAA Division I player in that time frame.