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Sunday Special: Reflections from the press box

They have covered the Big Ten forever. They know every nook and cranny of the conference.

They are the Big Ten Sages.

Tirico to emcee Illini Hall of Fame event

CHAMPAIGN — The date was already set for when Illinois athletics will introduce its first-ever Hall of Fame class to the public.

Now, the person who will help lead said introductions of the 28-person class is known.

NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico will serve as the emcee for the event slated for June 23 in Chicago, the UI announced on Wednesday.

First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

Illini legends, lists and lore: March 5 in Illini history

In his final home appearance, 44 years ago Sunday — March 5, 1973 — star forward Nick Weatherspoon became Illinois basketball’s then-all-time scoring leader. After the Illini’s 77-76 win versus Northwestern, previous UI scoring champ Dave Scholz presented the record-setting ball to “The Spoon.” Weatherspoon played one final game five days later, scoring 17 additional points against Iowa.

Illinois will induct 28 into Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.

UI roundup: Baseball eases past season-opening foe

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Illinois baseball team wasted no time making its mark on the 2017 season.

The Illini exploded for five runs in the first inning — nine in the first three frames — to cruise past Lamar 10-2 on Friday.

UI roundup: Ngai, Jacobson lead gymnasts

LAS VEGAS — Brandon Ngai and Johnny Jacobson placed first in their respective preliminaries Thursday for Illinois men’s gymnastics at the Winter Cup Challenge.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.

UI roundup: Seymour climbs timing charts

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Illini hurdler Pedrya Seymour has been chasing former Illini Perdita Felicien.

On Saturday, she nearly caught her.

Seymour recorded a personal-best time in the 60-meter hurdles prelims (8.09 seconds) and again in the final (7.98) to finish as the top collegian at the Rod McCravy Memorial.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Jack Squirek

Thirty-three years ago Sunday, former Illini star Jack Squirek scored a touchdown on a 5-yard interception as the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.