Afternoon everybody. Fall sports might be gearing up to start at Illinois, but you know me. It's always basketball season (even though I'm down for volleyball and football questions if you want). Volleyball in particular. The Illini are ranked No. 6 nationally heading into the season and hav…

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.

A decade ago, Kylie McCulley was wrapping up a four-year volleyball career at the University of Illinois. Now, she’s preparing for her seventh season running Unity volleyball. The 2006 Clinton grad checks in:

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.

Our third repeat winner since the award’s inception, Poulter was unquestionably the leader of Illinois volleyball’s fourth-ever Final Four team. Her production on the court also garnered All-Big Ten first-team, Big Ten Co-Setter of the Year and AVCA First-Team All-American honors.

Just two seasons into his tenure with the Illini volleyball program, Tamas has a 55-15 record and has reached consecutive NCAA tournaments. That includes the fourth Final Four appearance in program history this past season.

In a spinoff of our 'UI 150 & Beyond' project, we asked 10 former Illini coaches now living elsewhere to tell us about the first spot (other than a sports facility) or story that comes to mind when they think back to their C-U days.

As recently as 'a month or six weeks ago, we thought we were going to announce hockey,' the athletic director said, but 'there have been a few things that have popped up at the 11th hour.'

A proud UI contingent was on hand Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., as Howard Milton, senior associate athletic director for development, picked up his 'Fundraiser of the Year' award from the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.

Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron, 11am
Sep. 7 at UConn, 2;30pm
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan, 11am
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska, TBA
Oct. 5 at Minnesota, 2:30pm or 3pm
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan, TBA
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin, 11am
Oct. 26 at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers, TBA
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, TBA
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA