CHAMPAIGN — With two more payouts totaling $625,000, University of Illinois athletics is closing the door on an expensive year of accusations, investigations and coaching shake-ups.
The UI announced Tuesday it had reached settlements in two cases:
URBANA — The University of Illinois has reached a $375,000 settlement with the seven women’s basketball players who alleged that head coach Matt Bollant and former assistant coach Mike Divilbiss created a racially hostile environment, pending Board of Trustees approval.
How is spring practice going for Illinois? What players are off to a good start and where does the team need the most help? How long will it take for Lovie Smith and his staff to install the offense and the defense? Our longtime college football writer is ready to answer your questions about the sport and anything else on your mind.
URBANA — Fans who want to weigh in on the possibility of a mascot for the University of Illinois will have a chance Friday and again next week.
The final two meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Exploration of a University Mascot are scheduled for the next two Fridays, both at 5 p.m.
No surprise the two-time (and likely soon-to-be three-time) National Player of the Year Breanna Stewart was the lone unanimous first-team All-American. Or that her teammate, Moriah Jefferson — the engine that makes UConn go — was among the top five players in the country, either. Here’s how college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY and the Associated Press voted:
Bob Asmussen will cover Illinois football again this season, with Lovie Smith the seventh coach he'll interact with since starting on the beat in the early 1990s.
Our veteran college football writer, along with his quick wit and sharp insight, is chatting this morning at 11 a.m. here at our website.
CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant will be back. Along with the rest of the Illinois women’s basketball coaching staff.
The decision came Wednesday from Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman.
Chris Peacock knows Josh Whitman. And he knows Illinois athletics.
Peacock and Whitman worked together at Illinois from 2005 to ’08. When Whitman became the athletic director at Washington University, he brought Peacock to the St. Louis school as his right-hand man, naming him deputy director.
Now, Whitman is in charge at Illinois.
Happy 50th birthday to former Fighting Illini running back Keith Jones. Coach Mike White recruited Jones to Champaign-Urbana from Webster Groves High School in Rock Hill, Mo., where Jones was named Greater St. Louis’ Player of the Year. Jones was a three-way threat for Illinois — running the ball, catching passes out of the backfield and returning kicks.
URBANA — Complaining to the NCAA, replacing the "Three-in-One" halftime show and persuading new football coach Lovie Smith to speak out against Chief Illiniwek were offered as suggestions to help the University of Illinois move on from the controversial symbol at a forum Wednesday night at the Illini Union.