Former Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn (25) drives the ball around Minnesota forward Charles Buggs (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Minneapolis.
Stacy Bengs/Associated Press
May 24, 2016

Nunn Dismissed From Illini Basketball Team

Kendrick Nunn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery last week, has been dismissed from the Illini men's basketball team.  Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman and Coach John Groce issued a joint statement Tuesday, saying the decision was made after 'extensive deliberation.'  The two said this would 'send a strong message about what is acceptable behavior for our student-athletes.'


U of I History Professor Adrian Burgos with National Baseball Hall of Fame Curator John Odell
Kaitlin Southworth, Producer, Big Ten Network
May 20, 2016

Documentary Profiles Latinos’ Role In Shaping Baseball History

U of I history professor Adrian Burgos learned through his family, and his love for baseball, that Latin players played a large role in the game since its early days. Burgos' research is the focus of "Playing America's Game", which includes interviews with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, and current Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. The program premieres Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. 


Will Leitch appearing in a video for Bloomberg
Will Leitch
May 20, 2016

U Of I Alum Leitch Wants New Mascot

The University of Illinois Urbana campus is exploring the idea of a mascot for its athletic teams nearly a decade after retiring Chief Illiniwek as the campus symbol.  Alumnus Will Leitch, a writer for Bloomberg and several other publications, explains why he's in favor of this idea in an interview with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.


Illinois' Jaylon Tate brings the ball down the court during the first half of a game against Missouri Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson/Associated Press
May 19, 2016

Prosecutor: Case Against Illinois’ Tate Dropped

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate after concluding there was not enough evidence to convict him.  Tate, a 21-year-old junior, was was suspended from the team after his arrest.  UPDATE: He was reinstated to the team by Athletic Director Josh Whitman Friday


Illinois' Kendrick Nunn (25) and Malcolm Hill (21) walk off the court after the team's 69-60 loss to Wisconsin basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Madison, Wis.
Andy Manis/Assocated Press
May 18, 2016

Illinois’ Nunn Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor, Gets Probation

Illinois basketball junior guard Kendrick Nunn pleaded guilty to a mismeanor charge of battery, and could eventually see his record cleared. He was sentenced to 18 months unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service.


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