CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fomer Illini Brandon Paul took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to weigh in on his brother Darius' recent arrest. "I understand my brother shouldn't have been out late drinking," Paul tweeted from @BP3. "Let's not forget it's a college campus, what underage kid isn't out past curfew drinking? No excuses, there will be consequences for his actions." Paul even suggested his brother may have been targeted by police. "I understand law enforcement must do their jobs, but their jobs don't entail them to follow someone & then pursue them for no reason," Paul tweeted. "Why did they feel the need to stop him in the first place? Reports say he 'acted suspicious' & 'appeared to be trying to avoid contact with police.' Even if true, I don't know many kids (inebriated or not) that wouldn't try to avoid contact with police? (Some) of these cops look for reasons to get into these types of situations and it's not right."
CHICAGO - Former Flyin' Illini point guard Stephen Bardo had some scathing words for Champaign police and the Champaign-Urbana community Thursday afternoon, suggesting both are racist. It all has to do with Illinois sophomore Darius Paul's recent arrest. The 20-year-old Paul faces charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and resisting police. Paul was approached by police around 3:00 am Tuesday when police say Paul was "acting suspiciously." Paul then ran from the officer before eventually being tackled and arrested three blocks away.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - An Eastern Illinois University official says the goal is for EIU to have it's new athletic director in place by August 1. Eastern's Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Dan Nadler, has been appointed interim athletic director. Nadler will serve in that role until the school finds a full-time replacement for Barbara Burke, who left earlier this month to become the new deputy athletic director and chief operating officer at Tulane University “We will move forward in an efficient manner with the goal of having a new director in place by Aug. 1, 2014,” Nadler said in a news release. “During the interim, we will work hard as a team to continue the excitement and excellence Barbara Burke has created at EIU. We will continue to keep our student-athletes as the cornerstone of our efforts, striving to maximize their academic, athletic and personal development. “
CHAMPAIGN, Ill - Parkland head coach Chuck Clutts picked up career wins No. 601 and 602 as his Cobra softball team swept Olney Central College 6-3 and 11-5 Wednesday afternoon.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (UI Release) - Illinois (22-15) couldn't get the bats going on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, falling 5-2 to Missouri (19-21) and snapping its four-game winning streak. The Tigers only mustered five hits and two of their five runs were unearned, while the Illini had six hits, led by freshman Ryne Roper who went 2-for-3. "This is always a great experience to play at a big league ballpark, but we didn't get our jobs done tonight," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "We had advantage counts and didn't put good swings on pitches. We didn't have a very composed night at the plate. We need to get deeper in counts and get their pitch total up. We made some mistakes and will need to be better on Friday."
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis team will be the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, and their success this season has been thanks in large part to junior Farris Gosea. Gosea hasn't lost a Big Ten singles match all year. His recruitment to Illinois was anything but ordinary, and WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on the leap of faith it took to get him to the U of I.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee has granted Lanphier's Larry Austin Jr. a release from his National Letter of Intent. Austin will now find another place to play his college basketball. He signed with Tennessee in the fall, but head coach Cuonzo Martin left to become the new head coach at California. Now Austin will get a chance to sign with another school. The Lanphier point guard had more than a dozen offers including Illinois, Missouri, Memphis and Kansas State.
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - St. Joseph-Ogden softball coach Randy Wolken became the first coach in IHSA history to win 900 games after his Spartans beat Fisher 9-5 Tuesday night. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Central baseball team improved to 19-1 on the season with a 3-1 home victory over rival Centennial.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (UI Release) - Illinois picked up its fourth straight win behind a strong pitching performance in a 3-2 victory over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday. Starter Rob McDonnell improved to 3-0 with two hits and two runs allowed in five innings, redshirt-sophomore Andrew Mamlic gave up one hit in three shutout stanzas and closer Tyler Jay registered his sixth save after surrendering two hits in the ninth.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Police say a UI basketball player was arrested early Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (UI Release) – Junior guard Ivory Crawford was named Illinois’ most valuable player at the team’s postseason banquet hosted by the Courtsiders Monday night at the iHotel. Head coach Matt Bollant and his staff also honored Amber Moore as the team’s lone senior and recognized her with commemorative basketballs for scoring 1,000 career points and breaking school records for single-season and career three-pointers made. In addition, junior forward Nia Oden was named the team’s defensive player of the year, freshmen Jacqui Grant and Ashley McConnell were named most improved, and junior guard Kyley Simmons earned the Courtsiders Illini Spirit Award. Crawford averaged 14.4 points per game and led the Illini in rebounding at 5.9 per game. She also had a team-best 66 steals and was second with 62 assists. She ranked 12th in the Big Ten in scoring, 20th in rebounding, third in steals and third in offensive rebounds (2.8 per game).
BASEBALL: Monticello 11 Maroa-Forsyth 4 SOFTBALL: Monticello 19 Central A&M 1
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's tennis team is red hot heading into the Big Ten Tournament this weekend in East Lansing, Mich. The Orange and Blue will be the No. 2 seed, and they are riding a seven game winning streak. From top to bottom, Illinois is playing some of their best tennis of the year, and they will need it as the competition gets even tougher.
DACC Cross Country Coach Kyle O'Brien previews the Illinois Marathon with WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten.
Illinois sophomore golfer Thomas Detry is following in the footsteps of former Illini golfer Thomas Pieters. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has the story.