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Illinois is about to do something out of recent character: make the right choice.
Sneak peek: UI women at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. Wednesday
Illinois (8-17, 1-13 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Kyley Simmons R-Sr. 5-7 11.9
CHAMPAIGN — One of the best coaches in the history of women’s basketball likes what she saw from Illinois on Saturday. Her own team? That’s another story.
Basketball Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer watched her Rutgers squad take a big early lead, then have to hold on for a 63-56 victory against the Illini.
Illinois dropped to 8-17 overall and 1-13 in the Big Ten.
Sneak peek: UI women vs. Rutgers,
5 p.m. Saturday
Illinois (8-16, 1-12 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Kyley Simmons R-Sr. 5-7 12.0
Is Illinois ever going to hire an athletic director? Who will it be? And what are Bill Cubit's plans for the upcoming season? For the answers to these questions and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college sports writer.
CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant tried to bring Tyra Buss to Illinois. On Wednesday, the Indiana star showed why.
The Mount Carmel native scored 21 points, had five rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Hoosiers cruised to an 80-68 win at State Farm Center.
Bollant was impressed.
It is the devious nature of the beast that those with the strongest credentials for the UI athletic directorship could not allow themselves to be interviewed last week.
That’s the way it works. Top people don’t apply. Heady programs seek them out.
URBANA — Mum's still the official word on the athletic director search at the University of Illinois, though interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says an announcement "should be coming soon."
Speaking after Monday's campus senate meeting, Wilson declined to say whether interviews are completed or provide a more specific timetable for the decision.