Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.
On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.
Forty-five years ago today, former Champaign High School star Mark Koster set an Illini varsity record in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles with a clocking of 51.3 seconds.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois volleyball team will play a dozen NCAA tournament teams this fall, including eight during the Big Ten portion of the schedule.
CHAMPAIGN – Warren Hood was instrumental in the renovations at Memorial Stadium. The longtime DIA administrator also took control of the State Farm Center project when Tom Michael left the University of Illinois to become athletic director at Eastern Illinois.
Kevin Hambly’s eighth recruiting class as Illinois head coach is also his seventh ranked in the Top 30 by PrepVolleyball.com.
CHAMPAIGN — Kevin Hambly had a plan and the financial wherewithal from the Illinois adminstration to pull it off when he rebuilt his entire coaching staff this offseason.
What is Adam Fletcher's role with the Illini and how important is he to the 2016-17 season? How will John Groce deal with Leron Black going into next season? Who's the next 2017 prospect to commit to the Illini?
Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.
Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.
MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois men’s tennis lost just three Big Ten matches in the 2016 regular season. Two came to Northwestern and Ohio State, the only teams seeded better than the Illini in the Big Ten tournament.