Track and Field

Track and Field

On campus: Dec. 9

Three area athletes were recently honored by the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in their respective sports.

UI soccer, track teams get a park of their own

Hear more from coach Turk Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field has been without a truly permanent home for 30 years after one round of Memorial Stadium renovations in the late 1980s removed the track.

New UI soccer, track complex in works

While plans for a new football performance center is the first major facility project at Illinois since Josh Whitman took over as athletic director in March 2016, the university announced another significant facilty upgrade on Wednesday: a new soccer venue and track and field venue for the Illini.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Don Osborn

Happy Birthday to Don Osborn, the current assistant coach to Justin Spring for the Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team. Osborn returned to Illinois in 2015 after 20 years away from the program. He initially joined Yoshi Hayasaka's staff as an assistant in 1985 and continued in that role until 1994 when he succeeded his boss as Illinois' head coach.

UI: 150 years, 1,000 stories, 100 videos

They hail from six continents — the Urbana-born doctor who's devoted the past three decades to caring for the poorest of the poor in East Africa; the dreamer from Freeport who grew up with 16 brothers and sisters and went on to become the first black American billionaire; the South Korean journalist who never thought she'd see her byline in the student newspaper, being a self-described "FOTB" (

UI legend heading to N.C. State

Hear from former UI President Stan Ikenberry at 10 a.m. Wednesday on WDWS.

URBANA — Legendary Illinois wheelchair-racing champion Jean Driscoll is leaving the university where she studied, raced and worked over the past three decades to take a new development position at North Carolina State University.

Butkus: 'It's good to be back home'

You would never call Dick Butkus a crier.

Not if you wanted to live.

But there the Illini legend was Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center, tearing up as he accepted his place in the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame.

Twenty-eight entered the first class. Big names. In all sports.

Tate: You haven't heard the last of me just yet

Elephants have the right idea.

When their time comes, they shuffle off to their designated area — no matter the distance — and pass quietly from the scene. There's a certain dignity about it.

I'm not yet ready for that, for sure, but I mistakenly thought I could do Douglas MacArthur's "old soldier" bit and let 51-year-old Tatelines fade unnoticed from the writing scene.

NOW: Monday Morning QBs

What'd you think of the Ball State game? Still bummed about the war chant decision? Excited to see Kevin Hambly back in Huff Hall?

Loren Tate and Jim Turpin kick off another season of 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM.

Tom Kacich: 'War chant' rooted in theme song of 1950s cartoon

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That so-called "war chant" that has so many Illinois sports fans emotional is time-honored, but perhaps not in the way you think.