October 1997

October 1997

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.

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:

St. Louis tops Illini

Team scoring leader Sarah Aberle netted her seventh goal, but the University of Illinois women's soccer team lost 3-1 to St. Louis on Tuesday in Champaign.

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: