Track and Field
Happy birthday to United States national women’s soccer coach Jillian Ellis. Born in the United Kingdom, she was a student-athlete at William & Mary, earning third-team All-America honors. Ellis joined the Illini in 1997 after assistant coaching stints at North Carolina State, Maryland and Virginia.
Bill Cubit will make his debut as head coach at the University of Illinois on Friday night against Kent State. He’s had two previous first appearances as a head coach, in 1992 at Widener University and 2005 at Western Michigan. Unfortunately for Cubit, both of those debuts resulted in losses (a 40-6 defeat at Gettysburg in ’92 and a 31-19 loss at Virginia in ’05).
It can happen any place, at any time — after football two-a-days at Camp Rantoul or Friday night's volleyball season opener at Huff Hall.
Random drug testing of athletes is as much a part of the university experience as pregame pep talks and postgame press conferences.
CHAMPAIGN — In many ways, sports and social media form a perfect match.
Much like social media, sports are spread out across various platforms with different sets of rules, and they thrive on instant reactions shared among large groups of people.
You didn’t miss much in the last three months, other than a wagonload of bad news.
Another chancellor has stepped down, three Illini athletic teams are under siege from departed squad members, Jihad Ward and several other top football players are under medical care, and the basketball team will be without Tracy Abrams and Darius Paul.
Born on July 27, 1877, in Champaign was former Illini football and track letter winner Harry Coffeen. The graduate of Champaign High School matriculated to the University of Illinois, where he played football for head coach George Huff.
CHAMPAIGN — Everything from hot dogs to buffets for athletes to fancy desserts in luxury suites will be provided by a private company at Illini sports venues starting this fall, if several multimillion-dollar contracts under consideration are approved.
Ninety-one years ago today, former Fighting Illini athlete extraordinaire Harold Osborn captured the gold medal in the men’s decathlon competition at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
CHAMPAIGN — Forty-nine Illinois athletes have been recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2014-15 school year, the league office announced Wednesday.
Honorees must have had a 3.7 or higher grade-point average for the academic year. A total of 779 athletes from the 14 schools were recognized by the league.
We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:
Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.
Last year’s grade: B
High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.