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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Matt Bollant had no complaints about his team’s second-half performance against Purdue. The Illini outscored the host Boilermakers by 10 after intermission on Sunday at Mackey Arena.
But the first half? Bollant wished his team could have a do-over.
Purdue built a 33-19 lead at the break and held on for a 69-65 Big Ten victory.
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:
Four Illini men’s teams captured runaway Big Ten championships and more last spring.
The UI women haven’t been keeping pace. But they could make a big splash tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where the university’s pre-eminent female squad, having reached volleyball’s Sweet 16, will try to pull a shocker against Big Ten champion Minnesota.
URBANA — The chairman of the search committee that will recommend candidates for University of Illinois athletic director is no stranger to sports.
Professor Matthew Wheeler, named to head the panel last week, has served on the UI Athletic Board since 1998.
Speed is no longer needed in the search for an athletic director.
That’s because University of Illinois leaders made a mistake (imagine that!).
If the board of trustees, in cahoots with an interim chancellor (Barbara Wilson) and a first-year president, felt so strongly that Illinois needed a new direction, they should have dropped the ax on
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jessica Clifford led Illinois diving Friday at the Hawkeye Invitational, placing 16th in the 1-meter event with a 221.00 mark. Fellow Illini Olivia Kassouni took 22nd with a score of 206.30. The event winner was Nebraska’s Anna Filipcic (301.15).
Two days after the ceremony at the reopening of the State Farm Center to honor him and dedicate the basketball court in his name, former Illinois coach Lou Henson called into Jim Turpin’s “Penny for Your Thoughts” show on WDWS on Friday morning to chat up an old friend.
Interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk says he will not be a candidate for the permanent AD job at Illinois.
Updated 12:10 p.m.
The search committee for the next athletic director at the University of Illinois will be chaired by Matt Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences and a faculty athletic representative.