Top of the Morning, June 15, 2019

Just because he won a big, fancy award doesn't mean HOWARD MILTON will be treated any differently when he returns to the office.

The idea of showing up with a 'Mr. Fundraiser of the Year' nametag is definitely out of the question.

"They'll call me the usual 'Mr. Forgetful,'" he said, "or 'The Guy Who Works For Josh.'"

UI commission's advice: Formal, public retirement of Chief

CHAMPAIGN — A formal public retirement of Chief Illiniwek and a plaque outside Memorial Stadium commemorating the Chief's history — and why the symbol was dropped — are among the recommendations from a commission asked to help the University of Illinois move past the 30-year-old controversy.

Poulter named to national team roster

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter is getting another shot with the U.S. Women's National Team. The former Illinois setter was named to the U.S. roster for the opening week of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Poulter and Team USA will open VNL play Wednesday against Belgium in Ruse, Bulgaria, before facing Japan on Thursday and capping the opening week Friday against Bulgaria.

Whitman: All bets should be off on collegiate sports


SPRINGFIELD — Speaking to a House subcommittee Wednesday on behalf of 12 of the state’s 13 NCAA Division I schools — all except Chicago State — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said he opposed any bill that would allow sports betting on collegiate athletics in Illinois.

Croatian standout Vrankovic now eligible for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Tamas inherited nine freshmen when he became the Illinois volleyball coach ahead of the 2017 season. 

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.