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Former Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly yells to his players during an NCAA college semifinals volleyball match against USC, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in San Antonio.
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U Of I Volleyball Coach Hambly Leaving For Stanford

University of Illinois head volleyball coach Kevin Hambly is leaving to take the same position at Stanford University. The announcement was made Monday morning. In eight seasons, he led Illinois to six NCAA regional appearances, and in 2011, took the Illini to the national title match – for the first time in school history.

Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police

UPDATE: Illini Softball Player To Face Charge Of Vandalizing Menorah

A member of the University of Illinois women's softball team, Ruby A. Fernandez-Rivera, has been issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the weekend vandalizing of the menorah outside the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.  She's been suspended indefinitely from the team, while the other student involved, identified only as a male gymnast, will miss the next two competitions.

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
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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." 

Interim Urbana Chancellor Barbara Wilson announces that Athletic Director Mike Thomas has been fired.
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U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas Fired

The University of Illinois has fired Athletic Director Mike Thomas. Barbara Wilson, the Interim Chancellor on the Urbana campus, said in a Monday morning news conference that a change in leadership was necessary. She said that "distractions" led to the decision after a law firm's findings brought on the firing of former football coach Tim Beckman at the start of the season. 

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