Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini legends, lists and lore: Avery Brundage

Born 128 years ago Monday — Sept. 28, 1887 — was Illini legend Avery Brundage. His greatest fame came from 1952 to 1972, when his served as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Illini legends, lists and lore: Bob Dintelmann

Bob Dintelmann, former Illinois distance runner and winner of the 1957 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday.

The Belleville native answered an ad in the Daily Illini and walked on to coach Leo Johnson’s track and field squad in January 1954. A few weeks later, Dintelmann placed third at the Big Ten Indoor Track Championships.

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.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Jake Lanum

Ralph “Jake” Lanum, a letterman in 1918 for coach Bob Zuppke, was born on Sunday's date in 1896. He helped “Zup’s” Illini win the Western Conference title that season with a 4-0 record, posting shutouts at Iowa (12-0), at Wisconsin (22-0) and at Chicago, as well as at Illinois Field vs. Ohio State.

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.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Jillian Ellis

Happy birthday to United States national women’s soccer coach Jillian Ellis. Born in the United Kingdom, she was a student-athlete at William & Mary, earning third-team All-America honors. Ellis joined the Illini in 1997 after assistant coaching stints at North Carolina State, Maryland and Virginia.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Impressive debuts

Bill Cubit will make his debut as head coach at the University of Illinois on Friday night against Kent State. He’s had two previous first appearances as a head coach, in 1992 at Widener University and 2005 at Western Michigan. Unfortunately for Cubit, both of those debuts resulted in losses (a 40-6 defeat at Gettysburg in ’92 and a 31-19 loss at Virginia in ’05).

N-G EXCLUSIVE: Random drug tests, mixed results at UI

It can happen any place, at any time — after football two-a-days at Camp Rantoul or Friday night's volleyball season opener at Huff Hall.

Random drug testing of athletes is as much a part of the university experience as pregame pep talks and postgame press conferences.

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.