Track and Field

Track and Field

Henson on search committee, ceremony and old friendships

Two days after the ceremony at the reopening of the State Farm Center to honor him and dedicate the basketball court in his name, former Illinois coach Lou Henson called into Jim Turpin’s “Penny for Your Thoughts” show on WDWS on Friday morning to chat up an old friend.

Interim AD won't pursue full-time job

Interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk says he will not be a candidate for the permanent AD job at Illinois.

Getting to know … AD search committee

UI Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced the search committee for the next athletic director on Friday. The rundown:

AD search committee unveiled

Updated 12:10 p.m.

The search committee for the next athletic director at the University of Illinois will be chaired by Matt Wheeler, a professor of animal sciences and a faculty athletic representative.

Illini commit Davis qualifies for national meet

KENOSHA, Wis. — Oakwood’s Jon Davis added to his standout senior season Saturday after winning the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships Midwest Regional on the campus of UW-Parkside. Davis, the three-time defending Class 1A state champion and an Illinois recruit, won the regional title with a time of 14 minutes, 57 seconds — topping Paul Roberts of Boulder, Colo., by one second.

Future Illini Davis qualifies for national meet

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Oakwood’s Jon Davis, eight days removed from winning the IHSA state cross-country title, captured the Nike Cross-Country Midwest Regional title Sunday and qualified for a national event.

Sunday Conversation: Paul Kowalczyk

Paul Kowalczyk was named Illinois’ interim athletic director on Monday. Staff writer Scott Richey caught up with Kowalczyk on Wednesday, less than 48 hours into his new job, to discuss what’s next for Illinois athletics, his previous stops at Southern Illinois and Colorado State, life as a Cleveland Browns fan and craft beer:

Kowalczyk takes it day by day

CHAMPAIGN — “Whirlwind” was the word that came to mind for Illinois interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk to describe the last 48 hours. Five days’ notice really didn’t give him a head start on his new duties. Not when he wouldn’t officially take the reins of the job until Monday’s announcement of Mike Thomas’ termination.

Tate: George might be perfect match

There are matches made in heaven ... Mike Krzyzewski and Duke, Urban Meyer and Ohio State ... or if you prefer, Bill and Hillary, Johnny Cash and June Carter — who else could have sung “Jackson”? — and don’t forget Stiller and Meara.

Congratulate Michigan’s Wolverines. They had one objective above all others, and they landed him: Jim Harbaugh. Another match made in heaven.

Guide to Thomas firing, UI athletics investigation

Plenty was said, done and released to the public Monday when Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas was fired and the school released the findings of Franczek Radelet's investigation into the school's football and women's basketball programs. A look at everything from The News-Gazette surrounding the situation: