Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

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.

Tate: Crowded at top for UI greats

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.

Tate: Getting to the points on Thomas

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.

Sunday Special: Social media a 'double-edged sword'

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.

Tate: Welcome back, students

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.