The Midday Orange Krush: Illini News 7/8/2015

Here is the Illini news from around the country and around the internet.

The News-Gazette: Ryne Roper transferring from Illinois

Ryne Roper started thinking about transferring from Illinois before the 2015 season started.

The Illini sophomore third baseman wasn’t entirely sure about his decision, though, and turned his focus back to the season at hand.

But those same thoughts lingered throughout the spring, and after the season concluded Roper made his decision not to return to Illinois for the 2015-16 school year and transfer to Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where he’ll continue his baseball career with the Bulldogs, a Division II school.

Big Ten Conference: Hartleb Named Mideast Regional Coach of the Year

University of Illinois baseball 10th-year head coach Dan Hartleb was named the ABCA/Diamond Mideast Regional Coach of the Year Tuesday. Hartleb was one of nine coaches in NCAA Division I baseball to earn the regional honor. The Regional Coaches of the Year are eligible for ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year, which will be announced on Thursday, July 9.

The Champaign Room: Illinois will pay Middle Tennessee State $950,000 to visit Champaign

Illinois will host Middle Tennessee State in the final game before Big Ten conference play begins Oct. 26. It’s expected to be a non-conference win for the Illini, but it’s going to cost them.

According to a report from the Daily News Journal, Illinois is paying Middle Tennessee State $950,000 to play the game in Champaign. Chicago Bulls announce 2015 Summer League roster

The Chicago Bulls have officially released their 2015 NBA Summer League roster as the team will head to Las Vegas to compete. The 12-man roster will include rookie Bobby Portis as well as 2014 first round draft pick Doug McDermott.

McDermott barely saw any playing time last season, which should change with Hoiberg in charge, but he will get his chance to work on his game during the summer league. Fellow 2014 draft pick Cameron Baristow will also join McDermott on the roster. Northwestern Does Not Own the State of Illinois

The question I have seen raised in the Twittersphere over the past few days is; does Northwestern own the state in recruiting now and not Illinois basketball?

The recent commitment of center Barret Benson to the Wildcats has raised questions and concerns over whether or not Illinois is the most attractive school in the state anymore.