Swimming and Diving
If you know the next UI athletic director, you are more informed than the rest of us.
My take has always been: The quest is running on parallel tracks, one leading to Colorado AD Rick George and the other involving everyone else, mostly those with Illini backgrounds like Josh Whitman, Larry Lubin and Tom Michael.
All 21 Illinois athletic teams will still see the Nike swoosh on their uniforms, apparel, gear, shoes and specificed equipment and accessories for the next decade.
Illinois extended its partnership with the Beaverton, Ore., company on Tuesday through the 2025-26 school year.
Illinois football added the 19th recruit in its 2016 class on Saturday.
Zarrian Holcombe, a 6-4, 215-pound tight end out of Humble (Texas) Summer Creek High School, orally committed to the Illini.
Coach John Groce’s Illini basketball team will need an exceptional effort Tuesday night when its takes on Indiana in Bloomington. Since 1906, Illinois has played 82 games at Assembly Hall but, like every other Big Ten team, has encountered more losses than victories. Twenty-nine times, however, the Illini have returned home with a victory. Here are 10 memorable Illinois wins in Bloomington:
Is silence an indication the UI is fumbling another ball? Is the search for an athletic director languishing? Isn’t it time we heard something?
No, no and no. In fact, the quest for a successor to Mike Thomas is in good hands ... the strong hands of former Cal-Davis fullback and long-time UI faculty rep Matt Wheeler.
On Sunday's date in Illini history — Jan. 10, 1992 — former Ohio State football standout Lenny Willis was named Illinois running backs coach by head coach Lou Tepper. Twenty-four years later, he’s still in the Champaign-Urbana community with his wife, Arlette, serving his 17th year as UI’s director of sports facilities.
As Illinois searches for an athletic director ahead of the Jan. 21 trustees meeting, Rick George provided a reminder that he’s not in the mix.
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.