Champaign Central has a new boys' basketball coach. And it's a former Illini in Jeff Finke, who has two talented sons. Who played last year at Centennial. What does executive sports editor Fred Kroner think of the hire? Or what does he think of the ongoing spring sports? Ask him ahead of time before his 12:30 p.m. chat on Thursday gets started.
Recruiting never takes a day off. And it's never far from John Groce's mind. Nor is it far from the wide array of topics N-G beat writer Marcus Jackson is bound to handle in his ever-popular weekly Wednesday afternoon Illini hoops chat. Feel free to submit questions on any topic ahead of Jackson's 12:30 p.m. chat.
CHAMPAIGN — It was more than a century ago that Champaign Central last had as many as three different varsity basketball head coaches in a three-year span.
The offseason is fully upon the Illinois men's basketball team.
But recruiting season never ends.
Illinois will host an important visitor on Friday, when Villanova point guard Dylan Ennis sets foot on campus.
The Illinois baseball team keeps on winning — at 17 in a row now — and is firmly entrenched as a top 10 national team. Beat writer Scott Richey is taking all your baseball-related questions at 2 p.m. Tuesday for his weekly chat. He'll answer any others you have — volleyball, women's basketball, recruiting — too. Maybe even some golf and tennis. Why not?
04-27-15 Brad Dancer Illini Men's Tennis Coach on winning the Big Ten @dancerbrad @illinimtennis: Play now!
04-27-15 JimTurpin with Coach Brad Dancer of Illinois Men's Tennis on winning the Big Ten Tennis Tournament.
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URBANA — Aron Hiltzik tossed his hat and racket aside and, with arms forward and fists clenched, let out a celebratory yell after Ohio State’s Hunter Callahan drove a return into the net.
That single mistake meant the match.