Swimming and Diving
The News-Gazette’s five-person “fan favorites” piqued my interest this week as I tried to imagine five Illini athletes who flashed more greatness and staying power than Olympic champion Bobby Richards and football superstars Dick Butkus, J.C. Caroline and Buddy Young.
Administrators administrate. Fundraisers chase money. Professors teach.
In most cases, our jobs aren’t complicated. Salesmen sell. Accountants run numbers. Farmers farm.
But as we’re starting to understand with the travails of the UI’s Mike Thomas, the obligations of a collegiate athletic director run the gamut of complexity.
CHAMPAIGN — In many ways, sports and social media form a perfect match.
Much like social media, sports are spread out across various platforms with different sets of rules, and they thrive on instant reactions shared among large groups of people.
You didn’t miss much in the last three months, other than a wagonload of bad news.
Another chancellor has stepped down, three Illini athletic teams are under siege from departed squad members, Jihad Ward and several other top football players are under medical care, and the basketball team will be without Tracy Abrams and Darius Paul.
Born on July 27, 1877, in Champaign was former Illini football and track letter winner Harry Coffeen. The graduate of Champaign High School matriculated to the University of Illinois, where he played football for head coach George Huff.
University of Illinois trustees today are expected to sign off on amendments to three UI head coaches' contracts. In addition to more years for wrestling's Jim Heffernan and more money for gymnastics' Kim Landrus and Justin Spring, all three deals include provisions for "90 percent of the net profit of any camps and clinics" operated by the UI.
CHAMPAIGN — Everything from hot dogs to buffets for athletes to fancy desserts in luxury suites will be provided by a private company at Illini sports venues starting this fall, if several multimillion-dollar contracts under consideration are approved.
CHAMPAIGN — Forty-nine Illinois athletes have been recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2014-15 school year, the league office announced Wednesday.
Honorees must have had a 3.7 or higher grade-point average for the academic year. A total of 779 athletes from the 14 schools were recognized by the league.
We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:
Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.
Last year’s grade: B
High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.
Tom Michael left for Eastern Illinois and the chance to run his own athletic department after two-plus decades at Illinois, first as a basketball player for Lou Henson and later as an administrator.