Let's talk recruiting

Staff writer Scott Richey took in the sights and sounds of the Class 3A state tournament Saturday in Peoria before shifting gears to cover the announcement that Carver Arena would be keeping boys' basketball for the next five years. Sorry, Champaign.

March 24 UI baseball, volleyball and women's basketball chat

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Illinois baseball team keeps hitting home runs and winning series. More recruits are picking the Illini volleyball team. The women's basketball team took a serious hit with the transfer of Jacqui Grant. Beat writer Scott Richey is ready to answer any and all questions you might have this week with another 2 p.m. Tuesday chat.

Richey: Volleyball sees bumps ... and bruises

CHAMPAIGN — Stop by an Illinois volleyball practice this month and the odds are much higher you’ll see the Illini actually working on volleyball-related skills.

That wasn’t necessarily the case at the start of spring practices in late January and through February given the limited time frame the Illinois coaches could actually spend instructing in those opening weeks.

March 3 UI women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and recruiting chat

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Illinois women's basketball team has locked up a first-round bye and will play Nebraska on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. So now what? Beat writer Scott Richey is more than ready to field any Illini or Big Ten questions you have. He won't mind volleyball, baseball or recruiting queries either. Put him to work.

Feb. 24 UI recruiting, women's basketball, volleyball & baseball chat

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Illinois women's basketball team is moving closer to the end of its season with just two regular season games — both at home — remaining. The Illini baseball team is still unbeaten through two weekends. Volleyball is a fall sport, but that hasn't stopped Illini fans from still having plenty of questions. And recruiting is always happening.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Taylor Mason

Taylor Mason, a 1978 Illini football letter winner, capitalized on an unfortunate knee injury his junior season to launch his now-35-year career as a comedian, musician and entertainer.

A walk-on middle guard from Ottawa High School, he played alongside such Illinois defensive stalwarts as John Sullivan, Jerry Ramshaw and Dennis Flynn. 

UI volleyball lands Oregon transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Naya Crittenden is fairly certain Illinois was among the many volleyball programs recruiting her out of Peter Johansen High School in Modesto, Calif., with something from Illini coach Kevin Hambly surely among the two boxes full of letters from college coaches she has at home.

Feb. 17 UI recruiting, women's basketball, volleyball and baseball chat

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Illinois women's basketball team came through in another big game to beat Ohio State. The Illini baseball team is on a roll to start the season. And UI volleyball fans have kept the questions coming to keep their spot in the weekly chat. So if you have any questions about the above — or Illinois recruiting — get them in early and often for Scott Richey's 2 p.m. Tuesday chat.

Tate: Digging into numbers unearths unfair setup

A “level playing field” was always a myth.

It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.

What’s fair about that?

Feb. 10 UI recruiting, women's basketball, volleyball and baseball chat

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 1:00pm

Have questions? Staff writer Scott Richey's got answers — or at least an educated opinion — and he's open to any questions you've got for this week's 1 p.m. chat concering Illini recruiting and what's going on with the Illinois women's basketball team. He'll also have stopped by Illinois volleyball practice beforehand, so feel free to keep the volleyball questions coming as well.