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Illinois State University athletics ushers in a new era during a time when college athletics has been changed dramatically, and perhaps permanently.

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Illinois State University has named the four finalists to become its next athletics director.

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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.

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Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons said Friday he plans to retire by the end of the year.

Larry Lyons speaks at a virtual meeting
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Illinois State University students and board trustees say they want more updates from administrators on their progress addressing anti-Blackness on campus.

Luke Nelson competing in pole vault

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.

Mya Robinson competing in track event

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.

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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.

Fans at Hancock Stadium
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Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons could soon find out whether the term "guarantee" means the same thing in a pandemic world.

Larry Lyons and Steve Adams

A voice synonymous with Redbird athletics is silenced.

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Bloomington-Normal won't be among the communities bidding to host the boys' high school state basketball finals starting in 2021, citing scheduling conflicts.

Seating inside Redbird Arena
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Fans will soon be able to buy beer and wine at Illinois State University Athletics events—and not just in premium seating locations.

Horton Fieldhouse
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Illinois State University's Horton Fieldhouse is set to get a new roof.

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Illinois State University athletic director Larry Lyons said he's trying to lay the groundwork for a new indoor practice facility that would have to be funded entirely by private dollars.

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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.

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Illinois State University and other Missouri Valley Conference schools are rooting for Loyola Chicago in the NCAA basketball tournament for more than one reason. And some of those reasons are green.

Indoor Practice Facility Tops Wish List For ISU Athletics

Jan 22, 2018
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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.