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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.

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.

UI roundup: White, Kirkpatrick to square off

VIDNOE, Russia — Team USA posted its second consecutive rout in the FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship on Wednesday and didn’t bother with a slow start this time around. The U.S. led 28-4 after one quarter before knocking off Argentina 89-39 in the Round of 16.

UI proposes private firm handle food service at sports venues

CHAMPAIGN — Everything from hot dogs to buffets for athletes to fancy desserts in luxury suites will be provided by a private company at Illini sports venues starting this fall, if several multimillion-dollar contracts under consideration are approved.

Area sluggers predict Derby winner

Eight of the big league’s best long-ball bashers will square off at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. A look at who some of the area’s best hitters think will win the event:

Forty-nine Illini receive league recognition

CHAMPAIGN — Forty-nine Illinois athletes have been recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2014-15 school year, the league office announced Wednesday.

Honorees must have had a 3.7 or higher grade-point average for the academic year. A total of 779 athletes from the 14 schools were recognized by the league.

Sunday Conversation: Tyra Perry

Tyra Perry was hired as just the second Illinois softball coach — ever — on June 24, replacing Terri Sullivan who started the Illini program and won 488 games in 16 seasons. Staff writer Scott Richey caught up with the newest Illini coach to find out more about her and her plans for the program:

What was it that piqued your interest in Illinois initially?

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Team Grades

We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:

Baseball (A)

Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.

Last year’s grade: B

High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Month-by-month highlights

July 2014
Tom Michael left for Eastern Illinois and the chance to run his own athletic department after two-plus decades at Illinois, first as a basketball player for Lou Henson and later as an administrator.