Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | March 11

One-hundred-fifty years ago today — March 11, 1868 — the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) celebrated its opening of nine days earlier with inaugural ceremonies. President John Milton Gregory, both members of his faculty, 77 students and a bevy of town folk gathered in a large hall on the third floor of University Hall, known by its moniker "The Elephant."

UI roundup: Three Illini selected for U.S. volleyball tryouts

CHAMPAIGN — Three Illinois volleyball players will be among the 234 athletes competing at the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout from March 2-4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Set to compete are setter Jordyn Poulter, rising opposite Megan Cooney and libero Morgan O’Brien.

Illinois announces latest Hall of Fame class

The second Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class already featured Lou Henson.

That much was known when Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman announced last summer that Henson, the all-time winningest men’s basketball coach in Illinois history, would headline the latest class.

Tamas lands another top recruit

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Tamas added to Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class Thursday with a commitment from 6-foot-2 outside hitter Raina Terry. The Marengo, Ohio, native is the second commit in the 2020 class for the Illini alongside Stillwater (Minn.) middle blocker/opposite Maddie Whittington.

VIDEO: Jock Jams

After Illinois golfer and Jock Jams host Dylan Meyer sent him a direct message on Twitt

Illini AD on the air

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman was a guest on Saturday SportsTalk on WDWS 1400-AM in downtown Champaign, discussing plans — both on the field and off — that are under way.

"We're really excited about what the future is going to bring," he told hosts Loren Tate and Michael Kiser.

N-G Media to remain home for UI sports broadcasts through 2022

CHAMPAIGN — Broadcasts of University of Illinois athletics will remain on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM for at least the next four years.

Asmussen's Take: Top 10 Illini athletes to watch

Just a week into the new year, longtime N-G sportswriter Bob Asmussen gives you 10 Illinois athletes to watch in 2018.


Tate: Oops! '18 can't get here soon enough

Good riddance, 2017.

You won't be mourned by Illini fans. Not a lot worked out as planned.

The big item: football. You'll recall that continuity was an expressed goal in handing Lovie Smith a six-year contract, but here we are, once again, starting over on offense with the ouster of coordinator Garrick McGee.

'I think we can make a good run at it'

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