Track and Field

Track and Field

Tate: Big Ten TV success envy of college world

Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.

Tate: Whitman's good calls behind the scenes as well

Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?

So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.

UI roundup: Riley, Pieters going to Olympics

Former Illinois hurdler Andrew Riley and golfer Thomas Pieters will take part in the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Riley will compete as a member of the Jamaican national track and field team, while Pieters will be part of the Belgian men’s golf unit.

2016 Illinois Year in Review

Each Month's Top Moment

July
Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.

2016 Illinois Year in Review: Program Grades

Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.

Last year’s grade: A

Illini legends, lists and lore: John "Jack" Watson

John “Jack” Watson, born 123 years ago Monday, was the University of Illinois football team’s very first All-America center. Born and raised in DeKalb, he lettered for Coach Bob Zuppke’s first three varsity teams in 1913, ’14 and ’15.

UI roundup: Hartleb joins national baseball event

DURHAM, N.C. — Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb will be part of USA Baseball’s coaching staff and evaluators for the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.

The event is scheduled July 18-22 in Chicago.

It is the second USA Baseball assignment for Hartleb, who served on the staff of the ’14 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program.

Asmussen: Big Ten TV deal nearly perfect

When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.

Except in the Big Ten.

There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Rashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall’s performance in 2007 was one for the books … the Illini record books. Rushing for a UI single-season best 1,681 yards, the junior from Niles West High School broke Antoineo Harris’ mark by an amazing 351 yards.

Bloch-Jones ready to soar

EUGENE, Ore. — This spring didn’t go exactly as planned for Illinois high jumper Kandie Bloch-Jones. After setting an indoor personal record by clearing 6 feet in January, the former Argenta-Oreana state champion cleared 5-91/4 multiple times but didn’t reach that 6-foot mark again.