January 1999

January 1999

UI tennis players meet the best

Illinois' Oliver Freelove, Jeff Laski and Gavin Sontag will join the nation's top college tennis players Feb. 4-7 at the 22nd annual Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Dallas.

Griffin visiting Cobras

CHAMPAIGN – Marcus Griffin should be ready to roll at 7:30 tonight when Lincoln College pays Parkland a visit.

The Illinois recruit hasn't fully recovered from a sprained ankle he suffered last weekend, but that won't keep him out of the Lincoln lineup.

Purdue no cure for UI pain

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  They''re down in the dumps, not to mention the standings. The last person Lon Kruger''s fragile Illini want to see at a time like this is Brian Cardinal.

   But that''s who''ll be waiting for them today when they roll into West Lafayette: a painful reminder of their putrid past against Purdue.

Flyin'' Illini - A 10-year tribute: Illini a big part of Big Ten heyday

Good to see the Big Ten climbing polls and winning bowls again.

All the league has to do now is send four teams to the Sweet 16, two to the Final Four and one to the national championship trophy presentation, and it'll be right back where it was 10 years ago.

Tate: Purdue still the class of the Big Ten

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Don't be misled by Purdue's loss of the bask ... er, slap-wrestling and bearhug event ... Sunday at Wisconsin.

The Gene Keady revival that was ignited is 1994 has not run its course. The Boilermakers, who in the last five years have posted 13 more Big Ten wins than any other conference member, are in full flight.

Big Ten scores with banner crop of new recruits

Five bowl games played. Five wins.

More television coverage than Monica Lewinsky.

Tate: UIC Flames are doing slow burn

As a profession, coaching basketball in Illinois is financially rewarding, but hardly the safest or steadiest.

One day, they're patting you on the back. The next day, they're stabbing.

Ex-Illini Beyers picks Illinois State

SHELBYVILLE – Fans of Rich Beyers won't have to travel far to catch the finish of his college career.

The former Illini said Sunday he'll transfer to Illinois State. Beyers liked what he saw on a weekend visit there and picked the Redbirds over Southern Illinois and Butler.

Rave review for Sheeler

EVANSTON – Don Perrelli has been a head basketball coach for 23 years, but he had to clear a spot in his memory bank for Alicia Sheeler on Sunday.

"Sheeler played one of the best games I've seen a player play," the Northwestern coach said after Illinois beat the Wildcats 74-55.

Relaxation invigorates former Illini

Some advice for Damir Krupalija, Robert Archibald and all those struggling Illinois power forwards, from someone who used to wear their uniform and play their position:

Take a break. Get away from the gym for a day. Don't touch a basketball. Don't even think about it.