Swimming and Diving
Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.
Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?
So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.
Each Month's Top Moment
Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.
Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.
Last year’s grade: A
When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.
Except in the Big Ten.
There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.
Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.
On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.
CHAMPAIGN – Warren Hood was instrumental in the renovations at Memorial Stadium. The longtime DIA administrator also took control of the State Farm Center project when Tom Michael left the University of Illinois to become athletic director at Eastern Illinois.
Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.
Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.
CHAMPAIGN — Two Illinois swimmers will have the opportunity to compete at the Canadian Olympic Trials this week.
Samantha Stratford and Megan Vuong will represent the Illini at the meet, which starts today and runs through Sunday. Stratford, a native of Cambridge, Ontario, has qualified in the 100-meter butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley.