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It is the devious nature of the beast that those with the strongest credentials for the UI athletic directorship could not allow themselves to be interviewed last week.
That’s the way it works. Top people don’t apply. Heady programs seek them out.
Question for the day: With long-awaited news ready to pop any day, how many rabbits can a new athletic director pull out of his hat to settle Illini Nation’s unrest?
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The No. 7 Illinois men’s tennis team finished its road trip down Tobacco Road with a 4-0 loss to No. 10 North Carolina a night after beating No. 24 Duke 4-3. The Illini’s lone win against the Tar Heels came at No.
CHAMPAIGN — Defending NCAA wrestling champion Isaiah Martinez saw his 54-match winning streak end, and 11th-ranked Illinois fell 30-15 to top-ranked Penn State on Saturday.
Martinez, ranked first nationally at 157 pounds, was pinned in 4 minutes, 55 seconds by Penn State’s Jason Nolf, who is ranked third nationally.
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.