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.
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.
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.”
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Fahey said she has talked to a lot of coaches who have made the jump from Division III to D-I.
CHAMPAIGN — Centennial junior Justin Cardani had every reason to be confident as he stepped onto the floor behind the mats about 20 minutes before his Class 2A 106-pound state championship bout in February at State Farm Center.
The McCoys wants to thank the NCAA women's tournament selection committee for where it sent their favorite team, Ohio State.
Ohio State is the college home of former St. Thomas More star Tori McCoy. She is toward the end of a successful first season.
DANVILLE — All Luke Beesley could do was watch.
Before fouling out, the Champaign Central graduate helped keep the Parkland men's basketball team in Thursday's NJCAA Division II national tournament quarterfinal against Richard Bland (Va.).
Beesley led the Cobras with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He helped keep a tall Statesmen frontcourt in check.