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MAC ON SPORTS: MILLIKIN SEEKS NEW FOOTBALL COACH

     After leading the Millikin University football program for six seasons, Head Football Coach Dan Gritti will be leaving the Big Blue program to explore new opportunities.           Millikin Athletic Director Craig White will immediately begin searching for a new head football coach.           “Coach Gritti won a lot of big games leading the…

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MAC ON SPORTS: BASKETBALL STATE FINAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE

   The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys State Basketball Tournament returns to the State Farm Center in Champaign this March 10–12, 2022.    Tickets for 1A/2A and 3A/4A sessions are now on sale at aStatefarmcenter.com or by calling 1-866-ILLINI-1 (866-455-4641). All 100-level reserved seats for the sessions are $62 and 200-level reserved seats are $40 with ticket fees…

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MAC ON SPORTS: BOLINGBROOK RESCUES THANKSGIVING TOURNEY

    Mel Roustio earns every cent the Decatur school district pays him to serve as tournament coordinator.     Here’s the latest example.     Last Wednesday, five days before the 51st annual tournament was to begin, he received a call from the Champaign Central athletic director  Jane Stillman asking if it could break its contract…

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MAC ON SPORTS: HARVEY THORNTON’S TY RODGERS SIGNS WITH ILLINOIS

      On the last day of the early signing period, Ty Rodgers of Harvey Thornton signed with Illinois. The final day of the early signing period turned out to be a good one for the Illinois men’s basketball team.  A week after signing four-star guards Jayden Epps and Sencire Harris, the Illini added the…

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MAC ON SPORTS: MILLIKIN’S ELYCE KNUDSEN GOES NATIONAL

 Millikin sophomore guard Elyce Knudsen (Philo, Tolono Unity H.S.) was named to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week Monday.           Knudsen helped the #22 ranked Millikin women’s basketball team to a 3-0 start averaging 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals on the week. She shot 60 percent from the field and 64 percent…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ILLINOIS HEAD COACH BIELEMA TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Tuesday.  Bret Bielema Statement “After developing mild symptoms yesterday, I was tested and unfortunately late Monday night tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19. I’m disappointed that I will not be with our team this week when we travel to Iowa, but I’m grateful that…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ILLINOIS EXTENDS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR PACT

  A week removed from Illinois’ second Top 20 road win of the season, Illini defensive coordinator Ryan Walters has agreed to a contract extension that will carry him through conclusion of the 2024 season, Director of Athletics Josh Whitman and head coach Bret Bielema announced. The extension is pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its…

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MAC ON SPORTS: MOTION FILED TO REMOVE ST. TERESA FROM CIC LEAGUE

       Members of the Central Illinois Conference have filed a motion to remove St. Teresa from the league because of its obvious football successes.        St . Teresa principal and league president Larry Daly received this motion and rationale today (Wednesday, November 10). Following is the motion with the rationale for it right behind—…

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MAC ON SPORTS: CENTRAL A&M, ST. TERESA GAME TIMES SET

      Kickoff times have been set for Central A&M and St. Teresa.        Breese Mater Dei comes to Boehm-Davis-Munn field for a tentative 2 p.m. kickoff. Bulldogs athletic director Todd Vohland said the time is tentative since BMD had not gotten back with him.  AD Vohland advised, the start time could be…

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