So, just how successful has new Fighting Illini coach Nancy Fahey been during her career? Well, when ranked in terms of winning percentage against college men’s and women’s basketball coaches who have coached 29 or more seasons, only UConn’s Geno Auriemma has been more productive.
Happy birthday Wednesday to longtime Illini soccer coach Janet Rayfield.
Since joining Illinois’ staff in 2002, her teams have won nearly 60 percent of their games (177-114-32) and a pair of Big Ten titles.
CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.
It’s been six long years since Illini fans last saw their favorite team defeat Wisconsin at State Farm Center.
Demetri McCamey was the hero that day — Jan. 2, 2011 — scoring 21 points, including 11 of 11 free-throw attempts, in a 69-61 victory against Bo Ryan’s Badgers.
Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.
But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?
Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.
He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.
CHAMPAIGN — Seven Illini athletics programs claimed perfect Graduation Success Rate scores, as part of Tuesday’s GSR and Federal Graduation Rate reports released by the NCAA.
Illinois earned an overall GSR of 87, one point better than the record-tying national average for all Division I student-athletes.
MELBOURNE, Fla. — If any nerves were present Tuesday afternoon for the Parkland women’s soccer team, they weren’t evident.
Not early on. Not during the match. And certainly not after the match.
The Cobras, playing in their first NJCAA Division I national tournament match, breezed past Moraine Valley 4-0 in their opening pool-play bout.
Rod Lovett doesn’t want to get ahead of himself.
But by the time Saturday arrives, Lovett and the Parkland athletic department he oversees could enjoy a monumental moment. Or two. Or three.
The NJCAA Division I men’s soccer national championship match is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday. Parkland could win that.