October 1999

October 1999

High hurdler

   CHAMPAIGN  After causing one of four fumbles against Indiana, Jason Eberhart was celebrating so much he didn''t notice the ball laying at his feet.

   He''s usually a pretty laid-back guy. But the Illinois junior defensive tackle was having the best game of his career with nine tackles. You can understand his excitement when you consider his journey to that point.

Sportfolio

Illinois' Cary Franklin lost 6-4, 6-4 to Boise State's Leif Meineke during the first round of singles play Thursday at the ITA All-American Championships in Austin, Texas.

Close, but...

Maybe the people running those preseason football magazines really do know what they're talking about.

Three of the regulars – The Sporting News, Lindy's and Athlon's – had Illinois ranked ninth or 10th in the Big Ten.

Mattoon record-breaker joins UI baseball

MATTOON – Andy Hilligoss, who set four school hitting records last spring at Mattoon High, has orally committed to the Illinois baseball team.

Green Wave coach Mark Jackley said Thursday the senior shortstop-pitcher told UI coaches of his decision a couple weeks ago.

McCarver isn't always wasting air

I really enjoy Fox baseball analyst Tim McCarver. I also really enjoy having my fingernails yanked out and double root canal.

Normally, McCarver is more annoying than a telemarketer. He's pompous, states the obvious and uses puns that would embarrass a 10-year-old.

Big recruiting weekend for UI

We all know he can shoot. Soon, we'll find out if Brett Melton can recruit.

The Mahomet-Seymour star, who's given Illinois its lone oral commitment of 1999, will try to help his future coaches land a second this weekend when he and Florida 7-footer Nick Smith make their official campus visits.

News and notes from Wednesday's practice

- BETTER EQUIPPED:

Two years ago, losing a starter or two would have crippled the Illinois football team. Not that anyone would have been able to tell.

UI softball adds recruit

Third baseman Erin Jones of Fullerton, Calif., has given University of Illinois softball coaches a verbal commitment and plans to sign a letter of intent in November.

Jones also visited Michigan State and DePaul and considered Virginia before settling on the Illini.

1999 - 00 UI Women''s basketball roster

1999 - 00 UI Women''s basketball roster

The stuff of legends

   CHAMPAIGN  The story started to spread last season, Allison Curtin''s first as a member of the Illinois women''s basketball team. It has taken on legendary status now, given the way people tell stories.

   But Curtin remembers well the scene. It was her senior cross-country season, the sectional meet, on a rainy day. She tripped and fell at the start, putting her farther back in the unwieldly pack than she''d have liked, and by the time she reached the 11/2-mile mark, Curtin was in 15th place.