Dick Butkus is a part of the first Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class. But who else might join the legendary Illinois linebacker in the inaugural class? Here are our top 10 choices:
CHAMPAIGN — He told jokes. And stories. Lots and lots of stories.
On the eighth floor of the building he once dominated, Dick Butkus held court Thursday afternoon.
The iconic linebacker is the first member of Illinois’ newly announced Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I’m greatly humbled,” Butkus said at Memorial Stadium. “This is where it really started.”
Illinois football hitting the home stretch. The fall high school sports season hitting a postseason fever pitch. Illini basketball getting underway. Dick Butkus the inaugural member of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame. And plenty of local interest in the World Series what with the Chicago Cubs making it for the first time in seven decades. Busy days ahead for The News-Gazette sports staff.
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MIAMI — A five-year commitment. That’s what stuck with Channise Lewis when she was down to her final two schools — Illinois and Purdue — on Monday might as she made her final decision to commit for college basketball.
What’s going on?
That’s been the most-asked question on the University of Illinois campus since 2009 when President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman, faced with a 98-55 negative vote by the Faculty Senate, took turns stepping down after forced resignations by most members of the UI Board of Trustees.
Duck for cover.
MIAMI — Guard depth went from a position of need to one of strength for Matt Bollant’s Illinois women’s basketball team with the addition of three backcourt players in the Class of 2016.
It’s accurate to say that Thomas C. “Tommy” Stewart had a personal and positive impact on more Champaign youngsters than nearly anyone. During his 31 years of coaching football at Champaign High School and Central High, the former Illini star was a consistent standard for honesty and integrity.
Julie Cox’s original Saturday afternoon plans called for trekking over to Memorial Stadium to see the Illinois football team mix it up with Western Michigan in the former’s final nonconference tuneup ahead of Big Ten play. She didn’t make it.
“I’ve got plenty more of those I can go to,” Cox said.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Illini Dylan Alcott moved a step closer to a Paralympics gold medal Monday, defeating Lucas Sithole 2-0 in a quad singles men’s tennis semifinal match. Alcott, representing Australia, will take on Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne in the final.