Tate: Pondering a longer Self-UI tryst

You can't be impartial. You either love Bill Self for what he accomplished at Illinois — two Big Ten co-titles and the acquisition of Dee, Deron and Augie — or you hate him because he left.

And you have a right to ponder what might have transpired here with Self running the basketball show. A national championship? More time in the penalty box? Or somewhere in between?

March 30 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

What's next for Brad Underwood and Nancy Fahey? How is Lovie Smith's program faring after spring practice ended a few weeks ago? What area high schools could contend for state titles this spring? Anything is fair game as sports editor Matt Daniels takes your questions at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

March 29 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

The offseason is in full effect for Illinois. What has Brad Underwood been up to in his first full week on the job? When does Mark Smith commit? How does Illinois stand with Jeremiah Tilmon and the other Class of 2017 signees? Can Trent Frazier start next season? Beat writer Scott Richey is ready to handle any and all of your questions in his 12:30 p.m.

Tate: Early college hoops departures one item on my mind

It will be determined, over time, whether Brad Underwood is successful in the most critical aspect of his Illini coaching duties: How many millionaires will he produce?

Frazier: 'Really ready' to be at UI

ORLANDO — June 7. Mark it down, Illinois fans.

Trent Frazier already has. The future Illini guard is set to arrive in Champaign and start his college basketball career in just 74 days. He's ready.

Trent Frazier: 'I’m just really loyal to the program'

June 7: Mark it down Illinois fans.

Trent Frazier already has. The future Illini guard is set to arrive in Champaign and start his college basketball career in just 75 days. He’s ready.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 03-25-17

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 03-25-17: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Terry Hutchens, Berry Tramel, new UI women's basketball head coach Nancy Fahey, and Paul Klee.


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After 'intense' process, Whitman ready for down time

CHAMPAIGN ­­— Josh Whitman doesn’t have many big plans Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” the Illinois athletic director said with a grin on Friday morning. “I might not even shave (Saturday). We’ll see what that feels like.”

The last two Saturdays have seen moments that might come to define Whitman’s tenure at his alma mater.

He fired John Groce on March 11.

Grentz all for Fahey hire

CHAMPAIGN — The winningest coach in Illinois women’s basketball history praised the choice of Nancy Fahey by her old school.

Theresa Grentz won 210 games in 12 seasons at Illinois, leading the team to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 1997 and ’98.

Fahey era begins at Illinois

CHAMPAGN — It would have been easy for Nancy Fahey to stay in St. Louis.

She built a hall of fame career at Washington University. She was admired by her coworkers and respected by her players.

But Fahey also enjoys a challenge. So, when Josh Whitman called to talk to her about a move to Illinois, it didn’t long for her to say “Yes.”