| Mar 26, 2015
| 6:23 PM
The monetary value of a college athlete's name, image and likeness is being hashed out in court, but many universities have already arrived at a figure: zero.
Colleges from the Big Ten to the Mid-American Conference ask or require athletes to sign...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 8:53 AM
Hold the phone, I was too hard on Illinois college basketball.
Thanks to a 63-48 win over Seattle on Wednesday, your 1963 NCAA champion Loyola Ramblers have moved to the championship round of the College Basketball Invitational. Hey, it's best two out...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 4:37 PM
Illinois coach John Groce has preached the mantra "toughness and togetherness" since arriving in Champaign three seasons ago. But it was the lack of those two qualities that caused the end-of-season collapse, he said.
Groce reflected on the Illini's...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 8:43 PM
The calendar said March 1, but Tom Izzo knew better. It's not March until the brackets come out.
So on the day that followed Feb. 28, Izzo set a lineup at Wisconsin that didn't include his most important player. He benched the bruising Branden Dawson,...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 4:15 PM
PEORIA — After Jordan Ash received his gold medal Saturday afternoon, he leaned over the rope that kept fans off the Carver Arena court during the postgame ceremony.
On the other end was Brandon Watkins, wearing a shirt that read "St. Joseph...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 5:40 PM
PEORIA — I have no idea where Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce was between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday.
I know where he wasn't — courtside at Peoria's Carver Arena watching Morgan Park senior Marcus LoVett Jr.
How do I know this?...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 10:13 AM
Oh baby, you're ready.
You've got your brackets filled out, your money laid down, you're taking Friday afternoon off work, and you're all set to watch NCAA basketball through Sunday night.
Note to the U.S. government: If you really want to solve the...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 3:02 PM
Several talented track athletes have graduated from Grant in recent years, and one of them just won an NCAA Division II national championship for the indoor season.
Sean Wells, a junior at Grand Valley State in Michigan, won the 60-meter hurdles in...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 5:18 PM
The home team is playing on the road. The host is without a coach.
This is life in the NIT, which pits third-seeded Illinois against sixth-seeded Alabama in a first-round game Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Both teams are hoping to regroup after...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 8:54 PM
A giant tarp covers the State Farm Center as construction crews dismantle the interior of the arena in another step of a massive renovation project.
Illinois is hoping the wreckage from this basketball season is just part of a similar repair process...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:25 PM
Couldn't Scott Barnes have lied? C'mon, Mr. NCAA Selection Committee Chairman. Did you really have to admit that Wisconsin would have been a No. 1 seed regardless of how the Big Ten tournament played out?
OK, OK. We appreciate the honesty. And it's...