Track and Field
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Illinois’ Kandie Bloch-Jones finished her indoor track and field season Saturday with a 12th-place high jump showing at the NCAA Championships.
URBANA — With trustee approval under his belt, new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has lots to ponder once he officially takes over on Saturday.
What's first on his list? It's up to Whitman, according to interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.
URBANA — Aleks Vukic’s three-set win at No. 2 singles on Saturday sent the 11th-ranked Illinois men’s tennis team past second-ranked Virginia 4-3 at Atkins Tennis Center.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Center fielder Doran Turchin drove in a pair of runs, Cody Sedlock was effective over seven innings on the mound and Illinois opened a three-game series Friday with a 4-2 win against Florida Gulf Coast.
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:
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.
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.
Like Blockbuster and pay telephone booths, the college coach who doubles as athletic director is obsolete.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.
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.
Josh Whitman will officially become the 14th permanent athletic director in Illinois history on March 21. A look at his predecessors:
Mike Thomas 2011-2015
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