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Illini Year in Review: 2014-15

Top Male Athletes
1. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Only 10 wrestlers win a national title each year. Those who go undefeated doing so are a much smaller group, which Martinez joined in March.

2. Tyler Jay, baseball. The Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and No. 6 overall draft pick of the Minnesota Twins was one of the most dominant closers in the nation this spring.

UI roundup: Small misses out on PGA event

CHAMPAIGN — Alison Meng, Erika Murphy and Gabbie Stecker have acquired Scholar All-America honorable mention status for the Illinois women’s swimming and diving team.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Charles Flachmann

One of the University of Illinois’ most brilliant athletes during the 1930s was swimmer Charles Flachmann.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lores: Athletes of the Year

About this time of the year, the University of Illinois typically names its male and female athletes of the year.

On the men’s side of the ledger, the recipients date back to 1940 when football and baseball star Bill Hapac received the initial honor.

Urbana gymnast Nancy Thies was the first female honoree in 1977.

Asmussen: Fictitious Hall of Fame a blast

I love sports. 

And I love movies/TV.

Thanks to Kirk Buchner, both my worlds collide. In a good way.

The Canadian-based Buchner is the owner/creator of the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.

“It is a labor of love,” Buchner said.

Tate: UI teams show money doesn't mean wins

We are left to wonder:

Why are University of Illinois men’s spring sports having such success while the school’s teams in the “money sports,” football and basketball, struggle?

Illini legends, lists and lore: Taylor Mason

Taylor Mason, a 1978 Illini football letter winner, capitalized on an unfortunate knee injury his junior season to launch his now-35-year career as a comedian, musician and entertainer.

A walk-on middle guard from Ottawa High School, he played alongside such Illinois defensive stalwarts as John Sullivan, Jerry Ramshaw and Dennis Flynn. 

UI roundup: Women's basketball overcomes sluggish shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Illinois had missed 20 straight shots at one point in the first half of Saturday’s game at Purdue and shot just 15.8 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

The Illini’s deficit at that juncture? Just eight points. And coach Matt Bollant didn’t feel too bad about that.

Detry claims league golf honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Thomas Detry captured his second Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor for the 2014-15 season Wednesday, giving the Illini their fourth weekly recognition of the campaign.

Tate: Digging into numbers unearths unfair setup

A “level playing field” was always a myth.

It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.

What’s fair about that?