After the Illini beat Northern Illinois 7-2 on Saturday, they returned to their hotel, showered and changed into their travel sweats and re-boarded the bus to head to Harrisburg to deliver the food and funds that were donated during Wednesday's fundraiser. Once the Peoria Charter bus turned into the Arrowhead Shopping Center and headed for the building that formerly housed the Mad Pricer grocery store, a group of people including Harrisburg mayor Eric Gregg, other community leaders and the Harrisburg High School baseball team came into view.
As many of you are aware, we recently had to make two incredibly tough decisions regarding our women's and men's basketball programs. I cannot express deeply enough the respect I have for both Jolette Law and Bruce Weber - both were engaged in many community efforts and always represented the University of Illinois in the highest manner. I certainly wish both of them the best in all of their future endeavors.
There's so much going on at the DIA! I want to fill you in and update you on different areas of our athletic department.
First of all, a big thanks to those fans who came out from near and far to cheer the Illini to victory in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. I've been to several bowls over the years and this one was certainly well done - a great time was had by all. San Francisco is an amazing city and we were happy our student-athletes were able to experience it.