On Mondays, we’ll quiz you on the week that was in the pages of The News-Gazette and online at news-gazette.com. Good luck!
Former Illini baseball star Jeff Innis celebrated his 53rd birthday Sunday. Born in Decatur, his father, Pete, was a star athlete at Millikin University. Jeff was recruited from Eisenhower High School by Illinois coach Tom Dedin.
Innis led the Illini in ERA in 1981 and ’82 with nearly identical 2.31 and 2.34 marks. He also paced Illinois in strikeouts each of those seasons.
CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Illinois men’s tennis team won’t find themselves in London on Monday.
Unlike in late May when the Illini made a trip to Paris and Roland Garros to watch former Illini Kevin Anderson in action at the French Open.
Instead, coach Brad Dancer’s group will gather around computers, tablets, smartphones or televisions to see Anderson at noon (CDT) Monday.
NO. 35: South Carolina
COACH: Steve Spurrier
2014 RECORD: 7-6
PROJECTED 2015 RECORD: 8-5
NO. 36: North Carolina State
COACH: Dave Doeren
2014 RECORD: 8-5
PROJECTED 2015 RECORD: 9-4
Tyra Perry was hired as just the second Illinois softball coach — ever — on June 24, replacing Terri Sullivan who started the Illini program and won 488 games in 16 seasons. Staff writer Scott Richey caught up with the newest Illini coach to find out more about her and her plans for the program:
What was it that piqued your interest in Illinois initially?
Connecticut picked up another significant recruiting win, as Alterique Gilbert, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2016, announced his intention to become a Husky on Saturday morning.
“Blessed beyond measure to have the opportunity to play college basketball,” Gilbert said, via his Twitter account. “I’ve decided to end my recruitment and commit to UConn! . Husky.”