Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

UI athletics gets $1 million donation

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics announced another seven-figure donation Tuesday, as the Bielfeldt Foundation has committed $1 million to provide updates to the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and to help fund construction of the Football Performance Center.

Q&A: Illini volleyball's Tamas looks ahead to 2018

The schedule is out. Finally. Beat writer Scott Richey caught up with the Illinois coach on Monday:

What's your take on your schedule?

Illini volleyball schedule Sweet 16 heavy

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball will face 13 NCAA tournament teams, including six that also reached the Sweet 16, during the 2018 season. Fresh off their own Sweet 16 appearance in Chris Tamas' first season as coach, the Illini will also play a pair of Final Four teams and take on defending national champions Nebraska twice this fall.

Illini Year in Review: The Lists

Top male athletes

1. Bren Spillane, baseball. The third-round MLB draft pick was one of three position players nationally to earn consensus (all six) All-American honors.

2. Alex Diab, gymnastics. A national championship on rings for the Glen Ellyn native was Illinois' third on the event and 58th total.

Illini Year in Review: Grading the programs

Men's gymnastics: A

Why an A: The Illini won what had been an elusive Big Ten title then followed it up with an individual NCAA champ (Alex Diab on rings) and a third-place national finish as a team.

Poulter makes Pan Am Cup roster

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jordyn Poulter has spent her summer away from Champaign. Away from her Illinois volleyball teammates. Away from the players-only workouts in preparation for the 2018 season.

CHAT RECAP: Higgs 'definitely more a 3/4'

Anthony Higgs is the hot name in the Illinois fan base after his commitment to Brad Underwood and the Illini on Tuesday. What the 6-foot-8 forward out of Maryland will bring to Illinois for the 2018-19 season was a leading topic during Scott Richey's weekly chat.

No rest for Tamas, Illini volleyball in busy offseason

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Tamas spent most of his spring on the road, with recruiting trips mixed along with a 10-day trip to China to coach the U.S. Collegiate National Team.

The Illinois volleyball coach's summer started much the same this past weekend with another recruiting trip to Orlando for AAU Nationals.