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Shortly after being named the UI’s 14th athletic director, Josh Whitman reached out via email to the school’s I-Fund donors. Tagged “A Special Message from AD Josh Whitman,” the note read:
By BOB ASMUSSEN and MATT DANIELS
CHAMPAIGN — A former Illini is set to become the new athletic director at Illinois.
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Illinois is about to do something out of recent character: make the right choice.
Celebrating his 58th birthday today is Illini football alum Jerry Ramshaw. He was recruited to the University of Illinois in 1976 by Bob Blackman from crosstown Centennial High School. Ramshaw had been a two-year starter in football and basketball for the Chargers.
MIAMI — Jade Vecvanags tossed a complete-game five-hitter, Nicole Tobon hit her first career home run and Illinois softball upset No. 10 Florida State 5-1 on Saturday in the Florida International Invitational.
In first-year coach Tyra Perry’s third game with the Illini, the team earned its first win against a ranked team since defeating No. 4 Michigan on April 26, 2014.
MIAMI — Call it a mixed bag for Illinois softball after the first day of the season.
With Tyra Perry coaching her first games in charge of the Illini, Illinois split its two contests Friday at the Florida International Invitational, losing 6-4 to Long Island Brooklyn in UI’s season opener before recovering to post a 6-1 win against Valparaiso.
It is the devious nature of the beast that those with the strongest credentials for the UI athletic directorship could not allow themselves to be interviewed last week.
That’s the way it works. Top people don’t apply. Heady programs seek them out.
CHAMPAIGN — Chandler Eggleston won the floor exercise and vault competitions Saturday for Illinois men’s gymnastics, helping the Illini rout Temple and Illinois-Chicago at Huff Hall.
The Illini tallied 436.550 points to the Owls’ 394.900 and Flames’ 391.050.
URBANA — The 12th-ranked Illinois men’s tennis team took care of Notre Dame at home Friday night, defeating the Fighting Irish 5-2 inside Atkins Tennis Center.
It was the second victory of the season by Illinois against Notre Dame.