Track and Field

Track and Field

Illinois' Olympic sports busy this weekend

While both basketball programs are struggling at Illinois, more sports options are on the docket this weekend, including a matchup of two Top 15 men’s tennis teams:

Hurdler receives honor

ROSEMONT — Illinois sophomore Pedrya Seymour, who finished first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Orange and Blue Open, was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.

Seymour’s time of 8.27 seconds equaled her personal best and ranks 22nd nationally.

The last UI indoor track athlete to win the league award was Ashley Spencer in 2013.
 

Feb. 25 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.

Tate: Mackovic's tenure shows how AD post has changed

Like Blockbuster and pay telephone booths, the college coach who doubles as athletic director is obsolete. Outmoded. A relic of time past.

ADs are mostly businessmen today, backgrounded in administration or holding a law degree like the UI’s Josh Whitman. They have oversight responsibilities for multiple sports, but their principal job is schmoozing donors and updating facilities.

Illini roundup: Tulane silences baseball team

NEW ORLEANS — Lex Kaplan knocked in two runs with a first-inning single for No. 19 Tulane on Saturday, providing all the runs the Green Wave would need in a 3-0 shutout of Illinois.

Roll call: A look at UI ADs

Josh Whitman will officially become the 14th permanent athletic director in Illinois history on March 21. A look at his predecessors:

NAME    TENURE
Mike Thomas    2011-2015
COMMENT: Hiring, and subsequent firing, of Tim Beckman is defining legacy  

Big Ten ADs: How Whitman stacks up

Josh Whitman is the newest athletic director in the Big Ten. How the league’s athletic leaders stack up in terms of seniority and age (*interim):

ILLINOIS
AD: Josh Whitman
Age: 37
Starting: March 21, 2016

MINNESOTA
AD: Beth Goetz*
Age: 41
AD since: Aug. 7, 2015

Projecting Whitman's first chat with UI coaches

Josh Whitman will get to know all 19 head coaches at Illinois better in the coming weeks. Here’s what we’re thinking the conversations will be like:

Reflecting on Kowalczyk's stabilizing presence

CHAMPAIGN — Paul Kowalczyk will still handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Illinois athletic director’s office until Josh Whitman officially starts on March 21.

Papers will still need to be signed. The routine operations of the office will continue while Whitman transitions from Washington University in St. Louis to Illinois.

Tate: New AD Whitman has 'lived for this moment'

“When I interviewed Josh, I didn’t take notes. I knew I was looking at the next athletic director.”

Josh Whitman impresses people that way. He was winning over his new boss, UI interim chancellor Barbara Wilson, even though he might not have known it.