Track and Field

Track and Field

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.

Wieneke makes progress

URBANA — Two days after Gary Wieneke was admitted at Carle Foundation Hospital after having what’s been categorized as a stroke, the former Illinois and Unity High School cross-country and track coach was in good spirits, according to friend and colleague Dike Stirrett.

A Life Remembered: Marianne Dickerson

ST. JOSEPH ­— Marianne Dickerson described herself as average.

She was anything but.

Dickerson, an IHSA state champion at St. Joseph-Ogden, an Illinois track star, a graduate from Harvard Business School and a member of her high school’s Hall of Fame, died Wednesday night at the age of 54.

A state champion

She does it again

CHICAGO — University of Illinois alum Tatyana McFadden will be competing in next year’s Paralympic Games following her victory Sunday morning at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

McFadden captured her fifth consecutive victory in the women’s wheelchair race, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 41 minutes, 10 seconds.

She broke her own course record of 1:42:35, set in 2013.

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.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Frank Rokusek

Born on this date 113 years ago today — Oct. 11, 1902 — was 1920s Illini football star Frank Rokusek. Captain of the 1924 Illinois team, he was a blocking end for running back Red Grange. Said Grange of Rokusek: “I got the publicity for the long runs I made, but without ‘Roke’ clearing the way, I wouldn’t have gotten loose for a lot of them.”

Illini legends, lists and lore: 1915 football season

One hundred years ago this season, coach Bob Zuppke’s (above, second from left) third Illini football team had a hard act to follow. A year before, the UI rolled to a 7-0 record and a mythical national championship. All-Americans Perry Graves, Ralph “Slooey” Chapman and Lennox Armstrong graduated, leaving Illinois with several significant holes in its lineup.