Asmussen: Hood could help 'sleeping giant' in C-U

Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.

On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.

Hood named deputy AD

CHAMPAIGN – Warren Hood was instrumental in the renovations at Memorial Stadium. The longtime DIA administrator also took control of the State Farm Center project when Tom Michael left the University of Illinois to become athletic director at Eastern Illinois.

Chancellor OKs mascot search

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URBANA — Nine years after the retirement of Chief Illiniwek, the University of Illinois is launching a process to choose a “first-ever” athletic mascot.

Tate: Q&A with Josh Whitman

Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.

Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.

UI roundup: Men's, women's tennis stay hot

Illinois’ men’s and women’s tennis teams extended lengthy win streaks Sunday, with the 15th-ranked men defeating Nebraska on the road and the women upending Purdue at Atkins Tennis Center.

UI roundup: Power surge lifts baseball to split

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A three-homer attack let Illinois baseball earn a split Saturday in a conference doubleheader against Iowa.

Doran Turchin, Trent Hammond and Jason Goldstein went yard as the Illini won Game 2 against the Hawkeyes, 10-4. The result followed a 4-3, 10-inning defeat for Illinois in Game 1.

Illini legends, lists and lore: UI baseball's top Big Ten seasons

One year ago this week, the Fighting Illini baseball team swept a weekend series at home against Purdue. In Game 1, Illinois struck with five runs in the first and cruised to a 10-5 victory before a crowd of 2,843. Junior Ryan Nagle, who finished a triple short of the cycle, went 3 for 5 with three runs, a home run and two RBI.

April 4 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 11:00am

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.

Martinez recalls Madison Square Garden experience

CHAMPAIGN — Isaiah Martinez’s post-national championship celebration last year included a fast food tour of Champaign.

The Illinois redshirt sophomore hasn’t indulged in another such trip yet, but it’s on his to-do list after repeating as the 157-pound national champion on Saturday in New York City.

Asmussen: Learning at heart of Whitman hire

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.