CHAMPAIGN – At his first media day as head coach of the Illinois volleyball team, Don Hardin introduced his players class by class.
First, he asked the seniors to stand.
Kelly Scherr rose to her feet.
Then Hardin asked the juniors to rise from their folding chairs.
Heidi Coulter stood.
Two classes. Two players.
It was nearly 20 years ago that Gary Moeller formulated the fuzzy theory that each football player lost – weak links were frequent in those days – made the Illini chain stronger.
Current Illini coach Ron Turner isn't trying to sell that kind of hogwash.
With Illini Brian Johnson graduated, the art of taking charges in Big Ten basketball falls to Brian Cardinal.
That's how the Purdue junior got the nickname "Citizen Pain," folding like an accordion and jarring the floor with his backwards tumbles.
RANTOUL – The Broncos, Blazers and beaters were all lined up, pointing toward Champaign. The tents and blocking sleds were loaded up on trucks.
Time for the Illinois football team to go home.
Joel Kribel, who is acutely familiar with the agony of losing in the final stages of the U.S. Amateur, shot a 66 Tuesday to top match-play qualifiers in the rain-interrupted tournament in Rochester, N.Y.
MORE ON MOORE: The media horde circled Illinois coach Ron Turner after Tuesday's final practice at Rantoul. The reporters wanted to know the latest on receiver Connie Moore, who was kicked off the team Sunday. Turner didn't offer anything new.
Moore won't be allowed back on team, and his scholarship was taken away. His next stop is unknown.
University of Illinois senior and two-time Illinois amateur champion D.A. Points fired a first-round 75 Monday at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Rochester, N.Y., and trails the leaders by 7 strokes. UI teammate Tim Riley shot a 36 on the back nine to close at 76.
Illinois coach Ron Turner looked at the tape of Saturday night's scrimmage and liked plenty of what he saw.
"More guys stepped up than stepped back," Turner said.
RANTOUL – When Ron Turner meets with the Illinois football players before the beginning of training camp, he spells out his rules.
Connie Moore didn't follow along.
It's right there in the 1966 Illini football guide: "Mike Rogers, 6-2, 255, Lane Tech ... Chicago prep wrestling champ in 1962-63 ...rated by coaches as a potential Dick Butkus."
The last we heard at the outset of the 1966 season was that Rogers, married and disinterested, was headed home for whatever awaited him.