Track and Field
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EUGENE, Ore. — Pedrya Seymour will represent Illinois in the women’s 100-meter hurdles finals at the NCAA track and field championships after her time in Thursday’s semifinals was good enough to advance.
EUGENE, Ore. — The goal for Cam Viney was to find himself among the final eight on Wednesday night.
But the Illinois senior, who has dealt with a torn meniscus in his right knee for the majority of the outdoor season, was unable to advance to Friday night’s finals in the 400-meter hurdles at Hayward Field.
EUGENE, Ore. — Cam Viney was able to celebrate his second-team All-America status in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles at last year’s NCAA Championships with his Illini teammates.
There was more celebration when Viney teamed up with David Kendziera, Joe McAsey and D.J. Zahn to finish eighth in the 1,600 relay and earn first-team All-America honors.
On this date 26 years ago — June 5, 1990 — it was announced Pennsylvania State University had joined the Big Ten Conference. Just four months into his first term as commissioner of the conference, Jim Delany first seriously entertained the suggestion brought to him by then-University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry, a Penn State graduate.