By Kristen Harper
Illini head coach Tim Beckman announced on Monday the new addition of Bill Cubit as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Cubit brings his expertise from Western Michigan where he led the Broncos to a 51-47 overall record with appearances in three bowl games during his eight year tenure.
Beckman said in a release, I am very excited to have an experienced coach like Bill Cubit join the Illini football staff as he has always been known to have an outstanding football mind. Ive known Bill and coached against him for several years. He has had many extremely productive offensive teams during his career. Bill has called plays for many years as an offensive coordinator and as a head coach, and has developed several outstanding quarterbacks.
With this new hire, Billy Gonzales will take on the new role of wide receivers coach while previously serving as co-offensive coordinator during 2012.
Im very excited to have the opportunity join Tim Beckman here at Illinois, Cubit stated in a release. I have a lot of respect for him and his teams. Im enthused about joining a great staff and being a part of the Illinois football tradition. I look forward to getting to work immediately and competing for a Big Ten championship.
Cubits tenure includes 32 years of coaching at both the collegiate and high school levels. In those years he has produced an NCAA Top 25 in passing offense, scoring offense, and total offense in two back to back seasons at WMU; being ranked 20th in the nation with an average of 31.1 points per game; two Middle American Conference championships and twice earning the conference naming right of coach of year.
A native of Sharon Hill, Pa., Cubit attended the University of Delaware where he earned a degree in business administration while playing quarterback and wide receiver for the Blue Hens where he earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention during his senior year in 1974.
University of Illinois starting pitcher Cody Sedlock was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday.
The junior from Sherrard, Ill., led the conference in strikeouts (116) and innings pitched (101.1).
He is the fifth Illini pitcher to take home the award, following Tyler Jay who was given the honor last year — and later went on to be picked No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2015 MLB draft. It's the second time in program history that an Illini pitcher has won the award in back-to-back seasons.
The right-hander Sedlock is projected by many to be a first-round selection in the upcoming MLB draft on June 9.
Loyola women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes is under investigation for coaching practices at the university.
The investigation was sparked after 10 of the team's 12 players have transferred or have requested releases — nine having been recruited by Swoopes. Loyola began an "independent and comprehensive university investigation" on April 15.
According to Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, five former players have stated that Swoopes' "unusual coaching style" was the reason behind their exits.
Swoopes has declined to comment on any allegations, according to Ryan. Loyola released the following statement on Thursday:
"Until the investigation is completed, the athletics department and women's basketball coaching staff are conducting business as usual as we prepare for the 2016-2017 season."
Swoopes is listed as one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time. She was hired to coach Loyola's women's basketball team in 2013.
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A rematch of the 2015 NCAA men's volleyball final between Loyola and Lewis will be aired on CSN+ on Wednesday at 7 p.m..
The two-time defending NCAA Champion Loyola men's volleyball team will take on Lewis, which the Ramblers defeated in five games in last year's final, in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament semifinal.
The two Chicagoland schools are again among the best teams in the country with the Ramblers currently ranked No. 10 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll and the Flyers coming in at No. 12. Loyola is the No. 2 seed in the tournament while the Flyers hold the No. 4 seed.
This is the fifth straight year the two teams have met in the MIVA tournament, including meeting in the tournament final each of the past three years.
Local products feature heavily on both teams. Jeff Jendryk, a graduate of St. Francis High School in Wheaton, leads the Ramblers with 266 kills, Cary-Grove grad Jake Selsky leads Loyola with 180 digs and Ricky Gevis (Benet Academy) has 174 kills. Key Chicagoland players for Lewis include kills-leader Mitch Perinar (Minooka), blocks-leader Bobby Walsh (Mt. Carmel), digs-leader Jake Walenga (Lincoln-Way North) and setter Scott Fifer (Sandburg).