July 26 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:30pm

Scott Richey is back from Chicago and his two-day stint at Big Ten football media days ready to answer all of your Illinois basketball questions. Or, you know, football. Or volleyball. So whether it's the state of hoops recruiting, the potential fate of Lovie Smith's Illini this fall or how first-year volleyball coach Chris Tamas might fare, your questions will be answered at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday conversation: Chris Tamas, volleyball coach

Chris Tamas' first five-plus months on the job have been, understandably, fairly busy. The new Illinois volleyball coach got in a spring's worth of workouts and matches with his new team and immediately hit the road recruiting. With the 2017 season just more than a month away, beat writer Scott Richey caught up with the former U.S.

July 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The calendar is about to officially flip to 2017-18 for area high schools and Illinois athletics alike. So another year is about to start for The News-Gazette sports staff, too. What stories do you want to see this fall? Which area athletes have an interesting story to tell? What questions do you have about area preps or the Illini?

July 19 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:30pm

The first July evaluation period yielded three new Illinois recruiting targets, as the Illini coaching staff hit the American southeast (and assistant coach Orlando Antigua did a little globetrotting for the FIBA U20 Euroepan Championships). With the rest of the Big Ten — OK, mostly Indiana — turning July into a commitment frenzy, who might be the first off the board to Illinois?

Setting the Twitter standard

Our 2017 Illinois Year in Review was expansive. Exhaustive. All-encompassing. Choose your own adjective. Leading it was a question-and-answer session about the Illini, including the must follow Illinois coach on Twitter.

Moments of the month


There were hugs all around after Jeremiah Tilmon committed to John Groce and the Illini — just one step of many in what turned into a tumultuous recruitment.


Camp Rantoul, home to Illinois football training camp since 1998, hosted Illini soccer instead after Lovie Smith moved his first training camp as coach back to campus.

The report cards are in

Men's golf: A

Why an A: Count the ways. Mike Small's squad won its third straight Big Ten championship, with Dylan Meyer winning a seventh straight individual title for the Illini. A 10th straight NCAA tournament appearance and third straight national semifinals berth followed.

Last year's grade: A

UI Year in Review: From start to finish, what a wild ride it was

Top male athletes

1. Malcolm Hill, basketball. Senior guard did it all for the Illini — again — ranking in the top two on the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals.

2. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Two-time national champion was denied a third in the 165-pound title match — only his second career loss — after moving up a weight class.

Bartsch back on U.S. team

CHAMPAIGN — Michelle Bartsch-Hackley was a late addition to the U.S. National Team pool in the last Olympic training quad. Still, the former Illinois three-time All-American ended up just one cut away from the team that ultimately earned bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?