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Illinois News: Dee Brown here to stay, Illini great takes full-time position at Illinois

Today in #ILLINI news.

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"Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced Tuesday evening that Dee Brown would join the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics full time as a special assistant to the director of athletics."

- The News-Gazette

After initially planning to return overseas to play professional basketball this fall, Dee Brown has decided to take a full-time position as an assistant to the director of athletics for the Fighting Illini. Brown was offered the full-time position after he did an exceptional job working temporarily in that same role this past summer. Brown's position includes being present at both on-campus and off-campus events, fundraising, and even helping recruit athletes and mentoring current ones at the University.

There may not be anyone more suitable for the job of assistant director than Dee Brown. The Illinois basketball legend has just about as much passion and heart for the orange and blue as anyone who has come through Champaign. It will be interesting to see how useful he can be in helping recruit athletes, especially in-state high school basketball players. On behalf of Illini Nation, we are happy to have Dee on board- full time!

"The Illinois volleyball team slipped one spot to No. 7 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday after a 1-1 finish in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge over the weekend."

- The News-Gazette

Illinois' volleyball team finished the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge this past weekend with a 1-1 record. The Illini lost to then #2 ranked Stanford but went on to defeat #21 Colorado. The win and the loss moved the Illini only slightly in the rankings; they still remain in the Top Ten and will look to climb the ladder as the season progresses.

Illinois' next tournament will take place this upcoming weekend where they will face Kentucky, South Dakota State, and Wichita State in just two days. The three games will be part of the Shocker Volleyball Classic.