October 1997

Illini football practice update

News and notes from Wednesday's UI practice:


Illini women''s basketball update

Illini women's notes from this week's practice:


Illini put best foot forward for Maggette

He joined the News-Gazette All-State club as a sophomore, something only three others have done this decade (Rashard Griffith, Ronnie Fields, Mike Robinson).

He's 1 of 5 high school seniors on Street & Smith's Preseason All-America Team. (This, after a shaky summer).

If there's a better small forward around than Corey Maggette, Illinois recruit Frank Williams hasn't seen him. (And Scottie Pippen doesn't count).


Tate: Recruiting pieces fit UI puzzle

The light shining at the end of the Illini basketball tunnel appeared brighter this week.

The much-needed point guard, Frank Williams of Peoria Manual, made his long-awaited verbal commitment and has at least a fighting chance of being eligible next season. Big Festus Hawkins offers a future presence in the middle.


News and notes from Tuesday''s UI practice:

Football report.


Long road back

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  The ex-baseball player had lost his fastball. Billy Dicken''s passes looked more like Tim Wakefield''s knucklers.

   Five months off will do that to a quarterback. Your form goes to pot. Your long balls fall short.


Tate: Illini need to crank up the heat

When Billy Dicken & Co. carry Purdue's first national ranking in 13 years into Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it would be inappropriate to consider this an aerial circus. And it's certainly not a "touch football" team.


Boiler bits

Everybody knows Purdue was the college home of Milwaukee Bucks star Glenn Robinson. But did you know legendary coach John Wooden was an All-American basketball player for the Boilermakers? Here's some other fun facts about Purdue:


Illini men''s basketball update

Update from UI men''s basketball practice this week:


Quarterback U.

   Purdue senior Billy Dicken is on his way to one of the best passing seasons in school history. Here''s how Dicken stands among the top performances of former Boilermaker greats: