CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College men’s basketball saw a golden opportunity in its game Saturday against Danville Area Community College. Taking advantage of that chance garnered them a conference title.
Sneak peek: UI women at Iowa,
5 p.m. Saturday
Illinois (9-19, 2-15 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Kyley Simmons R-Sr. 5-7 12.0
CHAMPAIGN — Following Sunday's home finale against Minnesota, the State Farm Center crew will get right to work preparing the building for the final phase of its $169.5 million renovation.
CHAMPAIGN — A tumultuous offseason, rife with allegations of verbal abuse of players, medical mistreatment and racism by the Illinois coaching staff, gave way to a successful team trip to France, a positive preseason and a 7-1 start for the Illini.
Sneak peek: UI women vs. No. 20 Michigan State,
7 p.m. Wednesday
Illinois (9-18, 2-14 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Kyley Simmons R-Sr. 5-7 11.8
How Illinois basketball writer Scott Richey voted in this week’s men’s and women’s Associated Press Top 25 polls:
Scott Richey's Men's Top 25
What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Illinois women’s basketball held fifth-ranked Ohio State almost six points below its season scoring average in the teams’ first meeting this season.
That feat was not repeated in Sunday’s second engagement.
Like Blockbuster and pay telephone booths, the college coach who doubles as athletic director is obsolete. Outmoded. A relic of time past.
ADs are mostly businessmen today, backgrounded in administration or holding a law degree like the UI’s Josh Whitman. They have oversight responsibilities for multiple sports, but their principal job is schmoozing donors and updating facilities.