Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Updated: UI launches another independent investigation

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois is bringing in more outside help as it deals with the fallout from allegations of player mistreatment in two athletic programs.

AD vows changes on the way

The furor over allegations about player mistreatment in two University of Illinois sports could lead to new protocols for handling student complaints in the athletic program.

As some faculty have already called for, athletic director Mike Thomas is considering an ombudsman position for student-athletes, along with other changes.

Madigan request met by Killeen

URBANA — Allegations against the University of Illinois women's basketball program drew the interest of one of the state's highest-ranking politicians earlier this month.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan urged UI President Timothy Killeen to contact one of the parents who claimed their daughters were verbally and emotionally abused by UI coaches and required to play while sick.

Full text of AD Thomas' statement

Here’s the full text of the statement from Athletic Director Mike Thomas:

Squire: Changes are 'right thing'

It isn’t the most thankless job in sports. But it is on the list.

As Illinois associate athletic director for compliance, Ryan Squire doesn’t hear many shoutouts after a winning basket or walk-off home run.

His role is the guy who says “no.” The room turns quiet when compliance walks in.

Thomas: 'We will act accordingly'

Steve Kelly and Loren Tate kept the airwaves humming with “Saturday SportsTalk” on WDWS 1400-AM. A sample of what was said during this week’s two-hour program:

Mike Thomas didn’t take any phone calls in his 15-minute appearance with Kelly and Tate. 

Follow-up letter surfaces

CHAMPAIGN — Four more families of former Illinois women’s basketball players reached out to Illinois President Timothy Killeen and Chancellor Phyllis Wise on Thursday unhappy with how the internal investigation into the program was handled.

Former player lends Illini coaches support

CHAMPAIGN — A former Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball player and her mother reached out to the News-Gazette on Wednesday with claims that her experience playing for now Illinois head coach Matt Bollant and former associate head coach Mike Divilbiss did not match the allegations that surfaced Monday against both coaches and led to Divilbiss’ departure from the program.

Coaches, AD might have to go

What is worse, an athletic director who is unaware of things happening on his watch or one who allows them to occur?

Allegations made by former University of Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic and former women's basketball players have rocked the university and made life unpleasant for AD Mike Thomas.

AD: 'I'm confident in what I do'

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas was supposed to spend Tuesday in Rosemont at the Big Ten meetings.