Tate: A trying time

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." — Thomas Paine

Illini volleyball advances to Sweet 16

SEATTLE — The timeout didn’t yield an inspiring speech or legendary advice that will go down in Illinois volleyball lore.

Illini volleyball advances in NCAA tournament

SEATTLE — The Illinois volleyball team didn’t make the first NCAA tournament win an easy one for Chris Tamas.

The first-year Illini coach experienced a gamut of emotions on Friday night but felt the one he was hoping for by the time his team walked off the Alaska Airlines Arena court.


Illini's Quade looking to unwrap a win in first NCAA tourney game

SEATTLE — Illinois volleyball player Jacqueline Quade turns 20 today. She already got her present from her parents, Jennifer and Rick, who came through with a Kindle.

The present she wants to give herself? A win in the NCAA tournament tonight.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 1, 2017

We took a call in the sports department Thursday from a volleyball fan. His question: What TV station is the Illinois-Hawaii NCAA tournament match on?

Sorry, but the answer is "none of them."

Unlike the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which splits the games between four networks and shows every one live, volleyball doesn't have the same kind of coverage.

Volleyball: Illini celebrate NCAA tourney berth

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ NCAA tournament selection show watch party Sunday night was a 180 degree shift in atmosphere from the same event a year ago.

That one was rife with emotions for the Illini. Anxiety without a firm idea one way or another about their tournament chances. Anger and disappointment when their name wasn’t called among the 64 tournament participants.

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UI roundup: Illini football adds grad transfer

CHAMPAIGN — Three days before the end of the 2017 season, Lovie Smith found some help for 2018.

On Wednesday, Appalachian State receiver Shaedon Meadors said on Twitter he will transfer to Illinois for his final season. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible.

Time to take a bow: Illini play final home match tonight

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois' Senior Night festivities will be brief following tonight's match against Iowa.

That's because the Illini's senior class is Brandi Donnelly. The four-year starting libero came to Illinois as a class of one and will finish her career the same way.

Two developers, one project, competing ideas

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign developer Peter Fox is aggressively comparing his plan for a multisports arena for the University of Illinois against one that has been advanced by local developer Hans Grotelueschen in partnership with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.