Ex-Illini Poulter evolves after first year

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter received a crash course before leaving for Italy and the start of her professional volleyball career ... in operating a manual transmission vehicle. Stick shift simply wasn't part of the media and cinema studies major's curriculum at Illinois.

Dave Loane through the years

Snapshots of broadcaster Dave Loane, who will retire in August after calling Illini games for 31 years.

Dual role suits Allison in Illini debut

CHAMPAIGN — Mica Allison spent the last segment of Illinois’ warmup Wednesday night setting, of course, but also getting her share of swings from the right side. The reason became clear when the Illini’s spring match against Purdue started.

Early test run vital to growth for Illinois volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — Spring practices hold an extra amount of importance for Illinois volleyball coach Chris Tamas.

The Illini might be in the gym all summer together during captains' practices, but those are a no-go for Tamas and his coaching staff.

Quade, Allison named to U.S. Collegiate National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. volleyball open tryout earlier this month continues to pay dividends for members of the Illinois volleyball team. Outside hitter Jacqueline Quade and setter Mica Allison were both named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team on Monday for a tour of Japan in May.

March 27 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

The offseason continues for Illinois basketball, with rounding out the 2019-20 roster a top priority. The Illini's two commits — big men Kofi Cockburn and Antwan January — can't sign for another couple weeks when the spring signing period begins.

Tom's #Mailbag, March 22, 2019

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This week's mailbag is bulging more than Bruce Pearl's pockets — and his shirts.

Next for Illini: Offseason additions

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois coaches are getting a jumpstart on what will be another important offseason.

The Illini not only have to hold on to the guys already on their roster — never a guarantee in the transfer era — and then add some more pieces.

'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical

URBANA — "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI trustees.

UI sophomore Mike Skibski presented the idea for a World War I soldier to represent the Fighting Illini during the public comment section of the board's meeting at the Illini Union.

Quade gets USA training invite

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Jacqueline Quade apparently made an impression on the decision makers for USA Volleyball during the U.S. Women’s National Team open tryout held earlier this month in Colorado Springs.