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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.”
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.