Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 61-year-old News-Gazette Media radio personality who is retiring on Tuesday about his love of sports and music, and broadcasting both.

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Tim Ditman is the new Illinois volleyball radio play-by-play announcer, Mike Koon will handle play-by-play radio duties for Illinois women's basketball and Scott Beatty will fill the same role for Illinois baseball radio broadcasts.

The man who coached longer at the University of Illinois than any other person died 57 years ago today at the age of 75. Ed Manley, a native St. Louisan, directed Illini men’s swimming and diving for 37 years after being hired by George Huff in 1912.

Illini baseball great Doug Mills will soon have a new trophy to add to his cabinet: The 79-year-old recorded his first hole-in-one last Tuesday, acing No. 3 at the Champaign Country Club.

'We want more people who have tickets to come into the stadium and stay longer,' said senior associate athletic director Marty Kaufmann. Part of the projected six-figure revenue increase will go toward more security, even though alcohol-related incidents are expected to decrease.

A different Illini baseball player will fill in readers throughout the week on the team's weeklong trip to Curacao and Aruba. Today's entry comes from senior catcher David Craan, who is enjoying the nice weather:

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron W 42 - 3
Sep. 7 at UConn W 31 - 23
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan L 31- 34
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska L 38 - 42
Oct. 5 at Minnesot L 17 - 40
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan L 25 - 42
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin W 24 - 23
Oct. 26 at Purdue W 24 - 6
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers W 38 - 10
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, 2:30 CST
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA