Mac On Sports

MAC ON SPORTS: BIG TEN POSTPONES MEDIA DAYS

        The Big Ten announced Friday that its 2020 football media days and kickoff luncheon, scheduled for July 22-23 in Chicago, will not be held as scheduled in order to “ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans, partners and media.” The Big Ten is the third Power…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ILLINOIS TO BEGIN VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS JUNE 3

     The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is preparing to return groups of student-athletes to campus for voluntary summer training, with staggered arrivals beginning as early as June 3.    These student-athletes will return according to a detailed plan developed by DIA, led by its sports medicine staff, in consultation and collaboration with the…

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MAC ON SPORTS: NCAA COUNCIL VOTES FOR ACTIVITIES TO RESUME

   The NCAA Council today (Wednesday, May 20), voted to lift a moratorium on athletic-related activities for three major sports. The vote allows for voluntary athletic activities for football and men’s and women’s basketball to run through the month of June.  Today’s vote comes as states across the country are lifting their own shelter-in-place restrictions amid…

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MAC ON SPORTS: CLAY HAURBERG IS NEW BASKETBALL COACH AT ARGENTA-OREANA

   Clay Haurberg is the new Argenta-Oreana Bombers basketball head coach.    Athletic Director Mike Williams made the announcement this morning (Thursday, May 14) in a release to the media.    Haurberg succeeds Matt Hall, whose teams struggled during his time there on the sidelines with inexperienced and underclassmen players.    I’ll have more on…

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MAC ON SPORTS: NEW GRISWOLD CENTER FLOOR IS IMPRESSIVE

By J. Thomas McNamara, Sports Editor    There’s a fresh look inside Griswold Center where Olivia Lett’s and Mark Scherer’s women and men’s Millikin basketball games will play their home games.      According to Bryan Marshall of Millikin’s sports communications office, A lot of work has been done inside Griswold Center to freshen it…

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MAC ON SPORTS: NCAA — NO FALL SPORTS UNLESS CAMPUSES OPEN

   The NCAA has made it clear that unless college campuses are open to the entire student body in the fall, there are no plans to risk the health of student-athletes for the sake of sports.    President Mark Emmert plainly said Friday night that the NCAA will not play fall sports if the coronaviruspandemic…

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MAC ON SPORTS: WISCONSIN ATHLETICS CUTS BUDGETS BECAUSE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

   MADISON, WI.–The University of Wisconsin Department of Athletics announced today (Saturday, May 9) that it intends to implement a compensation and work reduction plan to include most of its employees in an effort to manage financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.      The plan will tentatively go into effect on May…

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MAC ON SPORTS: BIG TEN EXTENDS SUSPENSION OF ACTIVITIES

   The Big Ten Conference announced today (Monday, May 4) that it will extend the previously announced suspension of all organized team activities through June 1, 2020, and will re-evaluate again at that time.    This is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of…

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MAC ON SPORTS: JOE DOOLIN REFLECTS ON PASSING OF COACH RON WISHER

  By J. Thomas McNamara Tribune Sports Editor      Joe Doolin played halfback and served as captain on Lakeview’s 1965 undefeated football team that Ron Wisher coached. “I played for him for three years, and the thing I remember most about Coach Ron is his compassion. He coached everyone differently; each one of us had different…

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