“Title IX was not perfect as a piece of legislation, but what it was: a vitally, vitally important law. And its impact on the social fabric of America cannot be overstated, even now,” Illinois alumna and business magnate Sheila Johnson said.

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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

Caleb Griffin, a former four-sport Danville High School star and a current kicker on the Illinois football team, is a constant presence at high school, college and pro sporting events

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.

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…