Track and Field
CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand — so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.
“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.
With the Olympics almost here, we asked 10 who wore their country's colors to share the story that's sure to draw laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it.
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Centennial High alum, Team USA speedskater at '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer
A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.
Though Illini fans more familiarly associate Jim Wright with Illinois basketball, few know the longtime Urbana resident also was a two-time Big Ten pole vault champion. He contributed to the UI’s 1953 outdoor track and field team title with a winning vault of 13 feet. Then he and the team duplicated those championships the following season as well.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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