Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons said he planned to tell university president Larry Dietz last spring that he planned to retire. Then the pandemic hit, so he decided to wait as the university and athletics waded through months of uncertainty and health concerns.
A group of Illinois State University student-athletes has planned a march and rally Friday in response to ISU athletics director Larry Lyons' remark that “All Redbird Lives Matter” and the athletic department’s action plan for social change which followed.
Illinois State University athletics director Larry Lyons said Tuesday he is working to better educate himself about the experiences of Black athletes as he looks to repair the damage his “All Redbird Lives Matter” remark has caused.
Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons said coaches and athletic department staff are reinforcing the need for mask compliance and social distancing after seeing a rise in coronavirus cases among student-athletes.
Illinois’ new governor JB Pritzker has said he wants to legalize, tax, and regulate the sale of recreational marijuana. That move would complicate life for University leaders around Illinois and in Bloomington-Normal.
When Illinois State athletic officials started the second phase of their long-term planning four years ago and took a comprehensive look at the facilities, there was little doubt what was at the top of the list.