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UPDATED: Butkus part of inaugural Hall of Fame class

CHAMPAIGN — He told jokes. And stories. Lots and lots of stories.

On the eighth floor of the building he once dominated, Dick Butkus held court Thursday afternoon.

The iconic linebacker is the first member of Illinois’ newly announced Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I’m greatly humbled,” Butkus said at Memorial Stadium. “This is where it really started.”

Oct. 28 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 11:30am

Illinois football hitting the home stretch. The fall high school sports season hitting a postseason fever pitch. Illini basketball getting underway. Dick Butkus the inaugural member of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame. And plenty of local interest in the World Series what with the Chicago Cubs making it for the first time in seven decades. Busy days ahead for The News-Gazette sports staff.

UI roundup: Volleyball can't slow down Purdue

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois came out on the winning side of a five-set match in September at Purdue. Faced with another slugfest against the Boilermakers on Saturday, the No. 22 Illini couldn’t keep up the high level of execution they showed early as No. 24 Purdue rallied for a 14-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 25-11 victory.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2016

In his 50 remarkable years at The News-Gazette, Loren Tate figures he’s written 13,000 columns. That’s a ton of “Tatelines.”

Coaches take advantage of new bylaw

CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.

All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.

Tate: Delany showing few downsides

CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand ­— so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.

“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 24, 2016

With the Olympics almost here, we asked 10 who wore their country's colors to share the story that's sure to draw laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it.

CHANTAL (BAILEY) CERMAK

Centennial High alum, Team USA speedskater at '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer

Sunday Conversation: Howard Milton

A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.

Tate: Big Ten TV success envy of college world

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.

Tate: Whitman's good calls behind the scenes as well

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.