First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

After 'intense' process, Whitman ready for down time

CHAMPAIGN ­­— Josh Whitman doesn’t have many big plans Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” the Illinois athletic director said with a grin on Friday morning. “I might not even shave (Saturday). We’ll see what that feels like.”

The last two Saturdays have seen moments that might come to define Whitman’s tenure at his alma mater.

He fired John Groce on March 11.

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Tamas rounds out volleyball staff

CHAMPAIGN — New Illinois volleyball coach Chris Tamas rounded out his coaching staff Wednesday announcing the hire of Rashinda Reed as an assistant coach. Assistant coach Jason Mansfield and director of operations Jenni Bolduc, who were hired by former coach Kevin Hambly before the 2016 season, will stay at Illinois under Tamas.

Illinois will induct 28 into Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.

Former UI assistant says enough's enough

No one knows the rigors of running a big-time Division I volleyball program better than former Illini assistant Anne Kordes.

The University of Louisville head coach, who went 130-60 during her six years there, stepped down at the end of the 2016 season to spend more time with her daughter, now 3.

Volleyball stereotype: Women play, men coach

Scan any recent top 25 list in women's volleyball, and you'll notice something about the coaches.

All but a handful are male.

In December's NCAA tournament, fewer than a third of the 64 teams were coached by women, and only one — Kirsten Booth's Creighton squad — advanced beyond the Sweet 16.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley

Happy birthday today to one of Illinois volleyball’s premier all-time players, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

Updated: Tamas hired as Illini volleyball coach

Hear more from Tamas Saturday at 10:30 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — The first thing some members of the Illinois volleyball team did when they were told Chris Tamas was going to be the eighth coach in Illini program history was hit Google.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.