Big Ten expansion raises all sorts of questions — with no clear answers right now

From top athletes to top interviewees and everything in between, The News-Gazette sports staff takes a look back at the school year that was for Illinois athletics

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One hundred fifteen years ago on Sunday — April 17, 1907 — on the day of his departure to Boston to become manager of the Red Sox, Illini baseball coach George Huff was honored between innings at Illinois’ season-opening home victory against Wabash.

CHAMPAIGN — The potential for postseason awards continues to add up for Kofi Cockburn.

On this date in 1937 at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees unanimously recommended that the men’s gymnasium be named in honor of former director of athletics George Huff. He had passed away on Oct. 1, 1936, from uremic poisoning at the age of 64.

Olympic medalists. A Pro Football Hall of Famer. College Football Hall of Famers. A two-time World Series champion. NCAA and Big Ten champions. Long-time administrative leaders. Those are among the list of accomplishments for the newest members of the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of…

From Illinois men's basketball winning the Big Ten tournament to Parkland men's golf winning a national championship, from Kofi Cockburn returning to Ayo Dosunmu emerging in the NBA, The N-G sports staff takes a look back at the year that was