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Whitman recalls wild first 10 months as UI AD

Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.

Honestly.

He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.

Top 10 East Central Illinois sports moments of 2016

Let’s be clear: The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years was one of the top sports stories of 2016 — No. 1 on The Associated Press’ list. But what about memorable moments to come out of East Central Illinois in a calendar year that will close once the clock hits midnight Saturday? Here are our 10 selections:

Illini legends, lists and lore: Deon Thomas

Twenty-three years ago today, Deon Thomas became Illinois men’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer.

Getting Personal: Amanda McGrory

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 30-year-old Savoy resident Amanda McGrory, a professional athlete and a graduate student, teaching assistant and research assistant at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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UI roundup: Martinez lifts UI wrestlers

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Illinois wrestlers Isaiah Martinez, Brooks Black and Emery Parker each won titles on Saturday at the Northern Iowa Open.

Teammates Zac Brunson, Brock Ervin, Dylan Duncan (unattached) and Travis Piotrowski (unattached) each placed second in their respective weight classes.

UI roundup: Smoot, Phillips among award finalists

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football defensive ends Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips saw their collegiate careers end Saturday, but they’re still being recognized for their contributions to the Illini.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Basketball's biggest rebounds

Yes, Illini men’s basketball fans, last season’s team didn’t measure up to your expectations. It’s true that an overall record of 15-19 and a Big Ten mark of 5-13 was understandably disappointing. But what would you expect to result from a brutal string of injuries that caused Tracy Abrams and six other Illini players to miss a total of 101 games? Wait until next year, sighed the fandom.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Presidential Illini

Following what seems to have been an interminable campaign, Election Day 2016 is now just two days away. Though current University of Illinois football player Gimel President’s name certainly fits today’s theme, he’s not included on this list of former Fighting Illini athletes whose surname matches a former American commander in chief:

■ Rich “John Quincy” Adams, basketball (1975-78)

Homecoming Q&A: Tatyana McFadden

She's won 17 medals at the Paralympic Games, another 15 at the World Championships and at next week's New York Marathon, Tatyana McFadden will be looking to sweep the four major marathons (Boston, London, Chicago, New York) for the fourth straight year. She's been a guest on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show and has visited the White House more times than she can remember.

Ten suggestions for first Illini Hall of Fame class

Dick Butkus is a part of the first Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class. But who else might join the legendary Illinois linebacker in the inaugural class? Here are our top 10 choices: