5 years ago (2005): Ted Schmitz, an assistant football coach at just about every level during his 35-year career, today will be introduced as the head coach of the new Bloomington franchise in the United Indoor Football League. The team logo and nickname also will be revealed.
15 years ago (1995): Illinois State graduate Doug Collins picked up his first victory as the Detroit Pistons coach with the help of Joe Dumars, who scored 41 points in a 107-100 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
25 years ago (1985): Bobby Winkles, an Illinois Wesleyan graduate, left a position with the Chicago White Sox to join the Montreal Expos coaching staff. Winkles spent the last three years as player development director for the White Sox.
50 years ago (1960): Bellflower opened the Pantagraph area basketball season with a 56-53 overtime victory over Melvin-Sibley. Larry Brandon’s drive-in basket with four seconds remaining forced the overtime and his teammates took charge from there.