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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 sweep of Michigan on Saturday at Huff Hall marked the first time the Illini volleyball team won consecutive matches since the start of Big Ten play after victories against Maryland and Rutgers. Michelle Strizak led No. 21 Illinois with 15 kills — and just two errors — on 30 swings against the No. 25 Wolverines.
MINNEAPOLIS — A sequence of events had to occur for the Illinois soccer season not to come to a dissatisfying conclusion Wednesday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium against Minnesota. The Illini needed Ohio State or Michigan State — either one, it didn’t matter — to win that matchup in Columbus, Ohio. Illinois needed a win, too.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After taking two tight sets to open its match Friday against Indiana, the Illinois volleyball team posted an easy third-set victory to sweep the road contest.
The University of Illinois' highest-paid employee also drives one of the snazziest cars you'll see in a Campustown lot — for free.
When men's basketball coach John Groce hits the road to watch a high school recruit play, he does so in style, in a 2015 BMW X5 valued at $68,075.
The News-Gazette’s five-person “fan favorites” piqued my interest this week as I tried to imagine five Illini athletes who flashed more greatness and staying power than Olympic champion Bobby Richards and football superstars Dick Butkus, J.C. Caroline and Buddy Young.
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.
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.
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.
Born on July 27, 1877, in Champaign was former Illini football and track letter winner Harry Coffeen. The graduate of Champaign High School matriculated to the University of Illinois, where he played football for head coach George Huff.
University of Illinois trustees today are expected to sign off on amendments to three UI head coaches' contracts. In addition to more years for wrestling's Jim Heffernan and more money for gymnastics' Kim Landrus and Justin Spring, all three deals include provisions for "90 percent of the net profit of any camps and clinics" operated by the UI.