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.
CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas was supposed to spend Tuesday in Rosemont at the Big Ten meetings.
CHAMPAIGN — Two parents of Illinois women’s basketball players lent their support for the Illini coaching staff after allegations surfaced Monday of verbal and emotional abuse within the program that led to former associate head coach Mike Divilbiss’ resignation.
CHAMPAIGN — Allegations of abuse and mistreatment concerning the Illinois football program came to light nine days ago amid a flurry of claims made by former Illini Simon Cvijanovic.
Here are three letters from parents of athletes in the University of Illinois women's basketball program.
Letter from David and Lydia Tuck
April 25, 2015
David and Lydia Tuck
Chancellor Phyllis Wise
Swanlund Administration Building
601 E. John Street
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Chatrice White passed her first test last weekend. As a result, she qualified for a much greater challenge.
The upcoming sophomore center for Illinois’ women’s basketball team will compete for the USA Basketball Women’s team at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships, held in Chekhov, Russia, in July.
CHAMPAIGN — The end of Sarah Overcash’s recruitment came quickly.
The 6-foot-2 three-star junior forward out of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., received her scholarship offer from Illinois head coach Matt Bollant on Friday.
CHAMPAIGN — All the things Chatrice White did during her freshman season at Illinois, where she averaged 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game to earn Big Ten All-Freshman honors, fit perfectly with what USA U19 coach Dawn Staley is looking for.
I love sports.
And I love movies/TV.
Thanks to Kirk Buchner, both my worlds collide. In a good way.
The Canadian-based Buchner is the owner/creator of the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.
“It is a labor of love,” Buchner said.