Top of the Morning, Feb. 24, 2017

While the rest of us watched the Super Bowl at home or at a bar, CAREY DAVIS went for a different venue: Afghanistan.

The former Illini and NFL fullback was part of a USO tour that visited with U.S. troops.

First Hall of Fame class not perfect, but it's a start

First, the obvious point: Picking the initial class for UI Athletics Hall of Fame is borderline impossible. Or, at least, very tricky.

How do you differentiate between eras? Do you pick based on what they did in college or after they left Illinois? Is a national title worth more than a gold medal?

Tate: A progress report for Illini spring sports teams

We now look back on nearly two years since Illini athletics pulled off a remarkable accomplishment.

All four of the men’s spring sports won Big Ten championships in 2015.

Coleman-Lands expects to be back

CHAMPAIGN — Jalen Coleman-Lands has spent the past two days with Illinois athletic trainer Paul Schmidt getting twice-daily treatment for the ankle injury he suffered early in Tuesday’s win against Northwestern.

The rehab and treatments are what you’d expect. Lots of ice. Then specific movements to work on mobility of the joint and strength of the muscles around it.

Bob Asmussen's Hoop It Up: Butler shines



Boys' basketball small school regional storylines

At least four area small-school boys’ basketball teams will win regional titles tonight. Three more could join them in keeping their seasons intact into next week. Sports editor MATT DANIELS previews each of the seven regional title games taking place tonight that involve local teams:


Class 2A

Unity Regional

Central’s Barnard enjoys successful senior season with state meet looming

CHAMPAIGN — As Cam Barnard pulled himself out of the pool early in the season and put his hands on his knees, he wondered if the payoff was worth the exhaustion.

Time to get pumped up: PBL-GCMS preview

GIBSON CITY — Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley will have more than just bragging rights on the line.

The Ford County boys’ basketball rivals will face each other tonight looking to capture a Class 2A regional championship as well.

Area girls' basketball stats (through Feb. 23)

(Minimum 9.0 ppg)

Player, School     FG     FT     TP     AVG     HG

Life Remembered: Adam Jenkins

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Alford has served as the assistant director of coaching for local soccer club Illinois FC, was head coach at Champaign Central and Parkland College, and today is an assistant women’s coach at South Carolina-Aiken. It’s likely none of that would have been possible without the influence of Adam Jenkins.