Let’s be honest. When I arrived here 50 years ago, I was a jock. And wet behind the ears.
My job for the previous decade in Hammond, Ind., from 1955 to 1966, was covering high school sports.
“You mean,” asked 23-year-old Sonny in the Hammond interview, “all I have to do is go to football games and write about them? Sounds good to me.”
When Mary Pat (Travnik) Connelly was a girl, basketball was considered a “boys’ sport.” “We even played with a men’s basketball,” she said. “We were just happy that the girls’ game was being acknowledged.”
With all that’s happened, you might have expected North Carolina’s Tar Heels to enter Memorial Stadium Sept. 10 with their tail between their legs.
You know, repentant and embarrassed after multiple inquiries into 18 years of the most egregious academic fraud known to the NCAA.
CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.
All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.
CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand — so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.
“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.
Alexander Woods is a heckuva baseball player.
But the reason he'll draw cheers all around — and maybe tears from his mom — at Thursday's Tom Jones Challenge League All-Star Game has nothing to do with hitting, fielding or baserunning.
A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.
Though Illini fans more familiarly associate Jim Wright with Illinois basketball, few know the longtime Urbana resident also was a two-time Big Ten pole vault champion. He contributed to the UI’s 1953 outdoor track and field team title with a winning vault of 13 feet. Then he and the team duplicated those championships the following season as well.