Ten days before the end of the spring signing period, staff writer Jeff D'Alessio ranks the Big Ten recruiting classes and each school's top catch.
Fess Hawkins, the only true postup center on the Illini basketball team, hasn't changed his pants size. He just draws his belt a lot tighter.
Having "thinned down" from his original checkin weight of 316 pounds in fall 1996, the 6-foot-10 Arkansas native is hovering around 277 with a waistline "somewhere under 40 inches." Now, with a season of experience, his task is to keep the belly flat while adding enough strength to win the sumo wrestling that goes on under Big Ten baskets.
Illinois seniors Oliver Freelove and Stacy Schapiro earned most valuable player awards Monday night at the Advantage Illinois tennis banquet.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Craig Tiley & Co. lived up to their end of the bargain, bringing home a shiny trophy Sunday night from the Big Ten tennis championships.
Now it's someone else's turn on campus.
Illinois' hopes of making the Big Ten baseball tournament took another hit Sunday in Minneapolis.
A 7-3 loss to Minnesota dropped the Illini into fifth place in the conference standings, with just a four-game series against Purdue left May 15-17.
Dwayne Smith and Aaron Hodges haven't attended a class at Illinois, and already they are second on the football depth chart.
But they can't worry about that now. Both star athletes need to finish their high school careers first.
Upbeat basketball is back.
With two intense practices under their belt – in preparation for the May 14 departure to Australia – it's obvious which direction the Fighting Illini cagers are headed.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Craig Tiley knew his Illini meant business when he watched them warm up Saturday morning at the Big Ten tennis tournament.
It wasn't their hitting that got his attention. It was their howling.
MINNEAPOLIS – Illinois managed eight hits in 15 innings Saturday in dropping a twi-night doubleheader to Minnesota in Big Ten Conference baseball.
Brad Pautz pitched a two-hit complete game and Matt Brosseau singled in the winning run with one out in the eighth inning as the Gophers edged the Illini 3-2 in the opener.
The Illinois women's tennis team knows where it stands in the Big Ten. Now the Illini are eager to see where they stand with the NCAA tournament selection committee.