Keith Lee, Urbana boys’ track and field
Why he was chosen: The Tigers senior won the Big 12 800-meter indoor title in 2 minutes, 2.75 seconds — and by one-hundredth of a second over Bloomington’s Jared Collier — on March 10. He followed it up with a second-place finish in the 800 on Saturday in the Gene Armer Invitational.
Wes Lunt will be the quarterback at Illinois. And Jake Rudock won’t be at Iowa. And Braxton Miller might be in the NCAA doghouse. Who else is in charge in the Big Ten? Here are staff writer Bob Asmussen’s projected starters at the 14 schools:
The plan started percolating in my head the moment Dr. Roger Powell (not the basketball player) said, “It’s a boy.”
I was determined to create a father-son tradition. Something we could do every year. Something we could plan together. Something we could look forward to for months.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illini Sports Network didn’t need to look very far to find Kurt Kittner’s replacement as football analyst.
He was already in the booth.
Former Illini All-America offensive lineman Martin O’Donnell was named Thursday to follow Kittner, who provided analysis for eight seasons.
Decade after decade, prep basketball stars attended college with primary goals of earning a degree and helping win championships for the school.
And the booth at Huff Hall’s southwest corner held a pay telephone.
WHY NO. 2?
Illini recruit Taylor Edwards, an All-Area selection last spring, will be a force as a pitcher (10-8 in 2014) and a hitter (.500 average as a junior) for a team that is looking for its fourth regional championship in the last decade.
HOW CAN THEY MOVE UP?
To celebrate Throwback Thursday, we’ll step back in time to hone in on a noteworthy moment. With the 10-year anniversary of the Illinois men’s basketball team reaching the national title game upon us, here’s what it was like after Illinois clinched a spot in the Final Four:
March 26, 2005
CHAMPAIGN — Home was where the wins were for No. 17 Illinois’ baseball team.
The Illini (18-5-1) completed their nine-game homestand with a 9-4 victory against Kent State on Wednesday at Illinois Field, going 7-2.