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Paul Kowalczyk 'right person for the time'

CHAMPAIGN — Taking a cue from Illinois basketball coach John Groce’s approach to the instability of his roster due to injuries, Paul Kowalczyk is approaching his new position as if he’s simply the next man up.

“When you’re asked to step up, you step up, and I felt like it was an obligation and a duty to the university,” Kowalczyk said.

Who might be next full-time athletic director?

Who will be the next full-time University of Illinois athletic director after Mike Thomas' ouster Monday? Here are five possibilities, all with past UI ties:

Rick George
Ex-Illini football player and staffer is the current AD at Colorado and would be a popular pick.

Asmussen: Why fire Thomas now?

CHAMPAIGN — Heard from Mike Thomas early Monday afternoon.

I asked him for an interview, but he declined. Politely. Always politely.

“Hi Bob,” Thomas texted. “I appreciate the opportunity to visit, but will let you visit with my friends.

“Thanks for your great coverage of UI and best of luck in the future.”

LIVE: AD fired

WDWS and WHMS are carrying live today's news conference. Listen here.

Bill Cubit might have the interim tag attached to his title as head coach. But all he sees is the "head coach" part and he expects the interim tag to be removed.

Social media reaction to Thomas firing

Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, with UI interim chancellor Barbara Wilson naming senior associate athletic director Paul Kowalczyk as interim AD effective immediately.

Here's some of the reaction happening across Twitter after Monday morning's announcement  ...

Dee Brown: 'Just try to stay positive'

CHAMPAIGN — Since he was hired this summer to be the special assistant to then-Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas, Illini basketball great Dee Brown has been traveling throughout the state, spreading good cheer and vibes about all things Illinois.

Volleyball team on win streak

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.

UI roundup: Soccer team earns tourney berth

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.

UI roundup: Illini volleyball sweeps host Hoosiers

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.

UI wheels, deals for free rides

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.