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Sunday conversation: Chris Tamas, volleyball coach

Chris Tamas' first five-plus months on the job have been, understandably, fairly busy. The new Illinois volleyball coach got in a spring's worth of workouts and matches with his new team and immediately hit the road recruiting. With the 2017 season just more than a month away, beat writer Scott Richey caught up with the former U.S.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 9: Nick Allegretti, OL

Why he's important: Illinois needs to replace Joe Spencer at center, with the three-year starter exhausting his eligibility with the 2016 season. Allegretti is the only lineman on the current Illinois roster that has played at center, including one start last season when Spencer was hurt.

Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 9, Penn State

Coach: James Franklin

2016 record: 11-3

Projected 2017 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Oct. 28 at Ohio State

Bowl trip: Outback

Olympic trials: Urbana's Sands, 53, faster than ever on ice

URBANA — For most folks over 50, there are two realistic ways to get to the Olympic Trials:

— as a coach or with the support personnel staff;

— as a spectator.

Urbana's 53-year-old Theron Sands is attempting to demonstrate there's a viable third way.

Sands is in an odds-defying venture to earn a berth on the United States speedskating team for the 2018 Winter Games.

UI trustee nominee often gives to GOP candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Dr. Stuart King, Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest nominee to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is a generous donor to mostly Republican candidates, including the governor.

Campaign disclosure records show that King has donated $6,000 to the Citizens for Rauner campaign account, the most recent being a $1,000 contribution in March.

China asks searchers to step up ahead of protracted trial for accused kidnapper

URBANA — The former University of Illinois graduate student indicted for kidnapping a visiting Chinese scholar who remains missing had his trial set for federal court in about two months.

Illini Union, Green Street businesses happy to pardon MCORE's dust

URBANA — This afternoon, a couple dozen Cubs and Cardinals fans will descend upon Courtyard Cafe at the Illini Union to watch their favorite baseball teams do battle — if they can find their way.

Christie Clinic doctor, raised in Champaign, to be newest UI trustee

For the first time in more than a decade, the home of the state's flagship university will be represented on the UI's board of trustees.

Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner will announce the appointment of Dr. Stuart King — a Christie Clinic physician and Champaign resident with three degrees from the University of Illinois — to one of two board vacancies.

Top of the Morning, July 21, 2017

Plenty of familiar names popped up on The Big Lead's "40 Under 40: Sports Media Talent" list this week: ESPN's DARREN ROVELL (we thought he was over 40, too), JESSICA MENDOZA and TIM TEBOW and Fox's ERIN ANDREWS.

Longtime UI administrator named as interim CFO

URBANA — Longtime University of Illinois administrator Avijit Ghosh has been named interim top finance officer for the three-campus system, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday.

Ghosh will assume the position effective Sept. 1, pending formal approval by the UI Board of Trustees at its Sept. 7 meeting in Urbana.