Why he’s a fit at Illinois
The Saginaw, Mich., product has the potential to be a prototypical wing/point forward at the next level, and with Malcolm Hill graduating that role will be open to competition for the Illini.
Each Monday, we get to know some of the men and women who lead athletes in our area. This week — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield:
CHAMPAIGN — So far, only one team has claimed victory over the Eastern Illinois Baseball League’s first-place team, the Buckley Dutchmasters.
In Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Champaign Dream ended Buckley’s nine-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory. The Dutchmasters’ previous loss was to the Dream on June 5 in Buckley.
Each Month's Top Moment
Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.
Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.
Last year’s grade: A
No. 25: North Carolina
Coach: Larry Fedora
2015 record: 11-3
Projected 2016 record: 10-2
Circle the date: Oct. 1 at Florida State
Bowl trip: Orange
CHAMPAIGN — The possibility of playing this season has crossed Mikey Dudek’s mind more than once.
The Illinois wide receiver isn’t offering a prognosis on when he might return to the field, but he is healing and recovering well from the torn ACL he suffered this past spring.
“The knee is good,” Dudek said. “I want to play, and I want to play as soon as possible.”
What are the Illinois coach he's doing to get ready for the season? How is recruiting going? Will the Illini be the surprise team in the Big Ten? For the answers to these questions and anything else on your mind check in with our veteran reporter.
Coach of the Year
Mike Small, men’s golf
■ The nine tournament titles in 2015-16 — seven coming in the regular season — tied the program record the Illini set in 2014-15 under Small.
■ That success had the Illini ranked first in the country for much of the season. They closed the year ranked second following a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.