News and notes from Thursday''s UI practice.
URBANA – Little wonder Craig Tiley has fond memories of the 1996 Rolex Regionals.
"It was a forerunner for what happened the rest of the year," the University of Illinois men's tennis coach said Thursday. "It was the initial indication that we have now arrived on the national scene and are ready to compete at that level and win at that level."
What: Rolex Region IV men's tennis tournament.
When: Today through Monday.
CHAMPAIGN – If Michelle Byrne had this much trouble trimming her entry list to nine runners for Saturday's Big Ten Conference Championships, imagine the headache she faces in a couple weeks.
When her Illinois women's cross-country team heads to the NCAA District V Championships on Nov. 15, the first-year assistant must delete two more names from her travel squad.
He coached the 1983 Pan American Games crew, starring a couple of guys named Jordan and Mullin. He led the 1995 World University Games bunch to the gold medal, with a little help from Tim Duncan and Allan Iverson. But the United States contingent Lon Kruger will help coach next summer in Athens, Greece, may be the best yet.
What: Big Ten Conference men's and women's cross-country meets.
When: Saturday; women's 5-kilometer race at 9:45 a.m. CST; men's 8-kilometer race at 10:30 a.m. CST.
ONE TO WATCH
Volleyball vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. Saturday
CHAMPAIGN – If Illinois didn't need big guys so bad, Jarrod Gee wouldn't mind sitting out a season and coming back next fall.
Just so he could run the floor with this Cory Bradford whippersnapper.
WADLEY, Ala. – Five down, one five-star recruit to go.
News and notes from Wednesday''s UI football practice: