Track and Field

Track and Field

UI roundup: Football grabs tight end commit

Illinois football added the 19th recruit in its 2016 class on Saturday.

Zarrian Holcombe, a 6-4, 215-pound tight end out of Humble (Texas) Summer Creek High School, orally committed to the Illini.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Illinois wins vs. Indiana

Coach John Groce’s Illini basketball team will need an exceptional effort Tuesday night when its takes on Indiana in Bloomington. Since 1906, Illinois has played 82 games at Assembly Hall but, like every other Big Ten team, has encountered more losses than victories. Twenty-nine times, however, the Illini have returned home with a victory. Here are 10 memorable Illinois wins in Bloomington:

Tate: UI lucky to have AD search leader

Is silence an indication the UI is fumbling another ball? Is the search for an athletic director languishing? Isn’t it time we heard something?

No, no and no. In fact, the quest for a successor to Mike Thomas is in good hands ... the strong hands of former Cal-Davis fullback and long-time UI faculty rep Matt Wheeler.

UI roundup: Wells soars to new heights

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Jonathan Wells won the high jump, leaping 7 feet, 1 inch on Saturday in the Border Battle, as the Illini track and field team topped Missouri but lost to Iowa.

“Jonathan Wells was a big highlight. He had a big day, his high jump was electric, and I’m really happy with what he did,” UI coach Mike Turk said.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Lenny Willis

On Sunday's date in Illini history — Jan. 10, 1992 — former Ohio State football standout Lenny Willis was named Illinois running backs coach by head coach Lou Tepper. Twenty-four years later, he’s still in the Champaign-Urbana community with his wife, Arlette, serving his 17th year as UI’s director of sports facilities.

AD search: Rick George's stance hasn't changed

As Illinois searches for an athletic director ahead of the Jan. 21 trustees meeting, Rick George provided a reminder that he’s not in the mix.

One more glance: Top 2015 stories

What moments, games, athletes and possibly even more scandal will capture our attention in 2016? Before any can come to fruition, The News-Gazette sports staff looks back at the top 10 stories from the year that was:

Illini legends, lists and lore: Tom Porter

Tom Porter, a longtime member of the University of Illinois staff, celebrates his 74th birthday Sunday. He wrestled as an undergrad at Illinois, then at Indiana State, where he eventually received bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Dike Eddleman and the Hall of Fame

Thirty-two years ago today — Dec. 13, 1983 — Illini legend Dwight “Dike” Eddleman was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. Included among the second class initiated into the Indianapolis-based organization, Eddleman was one of the first six prep athletes received.

Tate: Momentum could fuel UI volleyball upset

Four Illini men’s teams captured runaway Big Ten championships and more last spring.

The UI women haven’t been keeping pace. But they could make a big splash tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where the university’s pre-eminent female squad, having reached volleyball’s Sweet 16, will try to pull a shocker against Big Ten champion Minnesota.