Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.
Last year’s grade: A
John “Jack” Watson, born 123 years ago Monday, was the University of Illinois football team’s very first All-America center. Born and raised in DeKalb, he lettered for Coach Bob Zuppke’s first three varsity teams in 1913, ’14 and ’15.
OAKLEY, Calif. — Cydnee Kinslow was sure about Pepperdine. So sure she enrolled early, forgoing her senior season at Freedom High School in Oakley, to get a jump-start on her college career.
Each Monday, we get to know some of the men and women who lead athletes in our area. This week — Illinois women’s hoops coach Matt Bollant:
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.
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.