When Tom Michael left Illinois last summer to become the athletic director at Eastern Illinois, Mike Thomas enlisted the help of Warren Hood, a veteran at handling building improvement projects. Hood, Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for capital projects, oversaw the renovation at Memorial Stadium from 2004 to ’08 and is now the go-to guy for all things State Farm Center.
Each day leading up to the season opener against Kent State on Sept. 4, we will get to know a little bit more about some Illinois football players beyond what they do on the football field. Today’s guest: quarterback Chayce Crouch, who likes Ronda Rousey for more than what she accomplishes in the UFC:
CHAMPAIGN — At the age when top-level volleyball recruits typically start committing to the nation’s best programs, Naya Crittenden was just being introduced to the game.
The start of the 2015-16 NFL season is fast approaching. SCOTT RICHEY is preparing in his usual ways — watching “Hard Knocks” on HBO, ripping through fantasy mock drafts trying to figure out his various options and wringing his hands over the typical bad news out of Bears camp in Bourbonnais.
Beat writer Matt Daniels has offered a look at how position battles have fared for Illinois during training camp. His final installment, the special teams:
Much can happen between now and the Illini’s season opener against Kent State in 12 days. But after nearly two weeks of watching Illinois practice at Camp Rantoul, beat writer MATT DANIELS takes his best crack at gauging the likely two-deep for Tim Beckman’s program (*denotes starter):
Historically, the University of Illinois football program has been a launching pad for future head football coaches. Former Illini assistant coaches who left Champaign-Urbana to seek head coaching jobs include Glen Mason, Lloyd Carr, Joe Novak and Bob Sutton, who all served as key aides to Gary Moeller during the late 1970s.
You didn’t miss much in the last three months, other than a wagonload of bad news.
Another chancellor has stepped down, three Illini athletic teams are under siege from departed squad members, Jihad Ward and several other top football players are under medical care, and the basketball team will be without Tracy Abrams and Darius Paul.