U of I Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson
(U of I News Bureau)
January 02, 2016

AP: U Of Illinois Alumni Vent Over Sports Woes

An Associated Press investigation says alumni were upset after the firings of football coach Tim Beckman and athletic director Mike Thomas, shortly after Phyllis Wise stepped down as Urbana campus chancellor. Some were thankful Beckman and Thomas were fired, but wish they were gone sooner.


Michigan's guard Caris LeVert (23) drives into Illinois' guard Kendrick Nunn (25) during the second half of Michigan's 78-68 win over Illinois.
Robin Scholz/Associated Press
December 30, 2015

Illini Fall In Conference Opener To Michigan, 78-68

The Wolverines used a 9-2 run in the second half to take a double-digit lead over Illinois in the Big Ten season opener for both teams.  Mark Donnal led Michigan with 26 points, while Kendrick Nunn scored 23 to lead the Illini in a losing effort.


A DraftKings promotions tent in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass.
Charles Krupa/Associated Press
December 23, 2015

Madigan: Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Is Illegal Gambling

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion Wednesday, saying daily fantasy sports, offered through websites like FanDuel or DraftKings, is illegal gambling under state law. She says illegal gambling occurs when someone "plays a game of chance or skill for money.''


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.


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.


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