Marianne Dickerson at the University of Illinois.
U of I Division of Intercollegiate Athletics
December 22, 2015

Village Of St. Joseph Honoring Track Star And Local Native Dickerson

Tuesday night, St. Joseph Mayor B. J. Hackler will sign a proclamation naming a portion of Main Street 'Marianne Dickerson Memorial Run.'  The local native, who passed away in October, set records at the U of I and won a silver medal at the first marathon world championship for women in 1983.  


In this Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas congratulates players after an NCAA college football game against in Champaign, Ill.
Stephen Haas/Associated Press
December 16, 2015

Judge Tosses Claims Against Former Illinois AD, Soccer Coach

Former athletic director Mike Thomas, who was fired last month, and soccer coach Janet Rayfield are no longer defendants in the lawsuit filed by former U of I soccer player Janet Rayfield.  Judge Jeffrey Ford says the suit didn't provide a basis for claims.


A covered wagon.
Wikipedia Commons
December 15, 2015

The Bandwagon - Episode Seven

In the last Bandwagon episode of 2015 (tear), Brian and Lisa discuss whether "rock vs. jock" still applies, the baseball "hot stove league," and a few articles that caught their eyes this week.


Illini men's basketball player Kendrick Nunn shooting for a basket.
Rob McColley/Illinois Public Media
December 10, 2015

Illini Outlasts Yale, 69-65

Kendrick Nunn scored 18 of his career-high 28 points in the second half and Malcolm Hill finished with 20 Wednesday night to help Illinois beat Yale 69-65.
 


Illini football coach Bill Cubit walks the sidelines during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign
Bradley Leeb/Associated Press
November 28, 2015

Illini Football Coach Cubit Signed To 2-Year Extension

The former Illini offensive coordinator, who took over after Tim Beckman's dismissal, will receive $1.2 million a year.  Interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said the move "will allow Bill to make decisions regarding the program as the head coach without the interim title, and lead the Fighting Illini into Saturday's game without speculation." 


2012 photo of Paralympian and NWBA president Sarah Castle
University of Missouri at Kansas City
November 14, 2015

Wheelchair Basketball Group Looks To Build On Nugent’s Vision

University of Illinois wheelchair athlete and graduate Sarah Castle is the president of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, founded nearly 70 years ago by 'Father of Accessibility' Tim Nugent, who died this week.  "His passion and his love for the game, but also his desire for the well-being of every athlete was completly apparent," she said.


Tim Nugent before in an interview with Illinois Public Media in January.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 11, 2015

Tim Nugent, The ‘Father of Accessibility’ at U of I, Dies at 92

Nugent died Wednesday morning.  For years, he advocated for wheelchair-accessible buses, curb cuts, and other amenities that those with disabilities have now used for many years.  His time with the U of I goes back to the late 1940's, when he helped wounded veterans coming back from World War II.


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