CHAMPAIGN – The No. 1 women's volleyball team in the nation is coming to Huff Hall Friday night, and Don Hardin's in a world of worry.
But it's not Penn State that has the third-year Illinois coach pacing the floor at night or reaching for the antacid tablets.
Ron Turner has scoured the vast countryside for pass-catching help, dipping into the sun-kissed fields of California, Texas and the Deep South.
Little did he know that a drinking episode, a broken leg and a severe neck bruise would thin his junior college corps, and one of his starters for Saturday's fifth game at Northwestern would be a "hometown boy" who's been right under his nose all the time.
SAGARIN SAYS: Losing to Iowa by 23 points at home is bad for your ranking. The Illini fell to No. 101 in the latest Sagarin Football Ratings, which run each week in USA Today. Illinois is behind Division I-AA Youngstown State, Delaware, Hofstra, Villanova and McNeese State.