Twenty eight Illinois athletics legends will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Fighting Illini Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 30. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30 at the State Farm Center, the day after Illinois hosts Nebraska for the Big Ten opener.
Illinois previously announced Dick Butkus as the first member of the class. Check out the Illini athletics web site for more information.
"I would like to thank the selection committee for its work in identifying the members of this inaugural Hall of Fame class," Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman said. "As you would expect, with more than 120 years of athletics excellence to consider, it was an incredibly difficult process to select this small, elite group. The Class of 2017 includes some of the greatest names in the history of American sports. Equally exciting, however, is that we have hundreds of additional candidates with Hall of Fame credentials. Although not everyone could be included in the first class, all who are deserving will one day be recognized with this special honor. Congratulations to the inaugural class of the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame."
The inaugural class
Athletics administration: George Huff and Karol Kahrs
Coaches: Harry Gill, George Huff, Craig Tiley and Bob Zuppke
Baseball: Lou Boudreau, George Halas, George Huff and Andy Phillip
Men's Cross Country: Craig Virgin
Men's basketball: Nick Anderson, Dee Brown, Jerry Colangelo, Mannie Jackson, Andy Phillip, Deron Williams, Dike Eddleman
Football: Dick Butkus, Dike Eddleman, Red Grange, George Halas, George Huff, Claude "Buddy" Young, Bob Zuppke
Men's Golf: Steve Stricker
Women's golf: Renee Heiken Sloan
Men's gymnastics: Abie Grossfield
Women's gymnastics: Nancy Thies Marshall
Men's track and field: Dike Eddleman, Harry Gill, Herb McKenley, Harold Osborn, Claude "Buddy" Young
Women's track and field: Tonja Buford-Bailey and Perdita Felicien
Men's tennis: Craig Tiley
Volleyball: Marry Eggers Tendler
Wrestling: Allie Morrison