CHAMPAIGN — The knee injury then-freshman CeCe Rice suffered on Dec. 22 came at an inopportune time for the Illinois women’s basketball team.
Not only did the Illini lose their shooting guard right during the second game of what turned into an eight-game losing streak — a loss to South Dakota three days before Christmas — but the injury happened in the 10th game of the season.
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EASTON, Pa. — She called Pat Summitt “Tennessee.”
Summitt called her “Pennsylvania.”
URBANA — A little more than 90 miles separated Matt Bollant and Pat Summitt last decade.
The two programs in Tennessee, however, where they both coached were worlds apart when it came to women’s basketball.
One of her lowest coaching moments hadn’t yet been revealed to the outside world, but after she was told she was out as the Illinois women’s basketball coach, Jolette Law was already shown a window toward a brighter future.
That’s because Pat Summitt was on the line, and she wanted to recruit Law. Again.
When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.
Except in the Big Ten.
There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois pitcher Cody Sedlock, who could hear his name called on Thursday night during the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, earned first-team All-America honors on Tuesday by Baseball America.
URBANA — The debate over a new athletic mascot for the University of Illinois may consume fans, pro or con, but it's not exactly the top priority for UI trustees.
Board members say their focus is on more pressing issues — namely, the nonexistent state budget.
On this date 26 years ago — June 5, 1990 — it was announced Pennsylvania State University had joined the Big Ten Conference. Just four months into his first term as commissioner of the conference, Jim Delany first seriously entertained the suggestion brought to him by then-University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry, a Penn State graduate.