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U of I Olympic Athletes

Going for Gold

After an extra year of waiting, the world’s best athletes headed to Tokyo this summer for an Olympic and Paralympic Games like no other—without spectators, but with a lengthy list of COVID precautions. Illinois...

Memory Lane: Field Day

It’s a Saturday in October, about 100 years ago. The trees are starting to change, there’s a chill in the air, and the stands at Illinois Field (1891–1986)—all wooden bleachers—are starting to fill, as...

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2020 Athletics Hall of Famers

Fifteen new members have been inducted into the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame, representing nine sports. They are: Jake Stahl of baseball; Tal Brody and Derek Harper of men’s basketball; Jenna Smith...

Rocky Harvey

Illini Replay: Rocky Harvey

Illinois fans were hungry for postseason football heading into the 1999 season. That fall ended up marking the first Illini appearance in a bowl game in five years, as running back Rocky Harvey and...

Leisha Alcia

Illini Replay: Leisha Alcia

Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia made life difficult for opposing offenses 15 years ago. In 2003, Alcia set school records for the most shutouts in a season (12), most consecutive shutouts (six) and most consecutive shutout...

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Illini Replay: Dan Hartleb

In 1999, Dan Hartleb (left) was in his ninth season as pitching coach for Head Baseball Coach Richard “Itch” Jones (center) and the Illini. Two decades later, Hartleb is entering his 15th season as...

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2019 Athletics Hall of Fame

This fall, the University will induct 16 new members into the UI Athletics Hall of Fame. Athletes and coaches from 11 sports are represented. Among those honored are football greats J.C. Caroline, Bobby Mitchell,...

Illini Sports: Gridiron prep

Soon the required headgear in the new Henry Dale & Betty Smith Football Center will switch from construction hard hats to gridiron helmets. Scheduled for completion before the upcoming fall season, the new 107,650-square-foot...

Focused

Even before his senior season began, four-time NCAA All-American Alex Diab had racked up a list of accomplishments that most would call a successful career. But Diab still had unfinished business on his mind,...