October 1999

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.


Illini Insider

News-Gazette Staff Writer Jeff Huth's review and preview of University of Illinois sports.


News and notes from Thursday's practice

- GETTING COMFORTABLE:

With receiver Greg Lewis sidelined by a high ankle sprain, freshman Brandon Lloyd will make his second start of the season Saturday.


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.


Tatelines: Gophers' run defense is loaded

Saturday's homecoming game is right back in the lap of sophomore quarterback Kurt Kittner.

The Illini will live or die by the pass because, based on scouting reports, Minnesota isn't going to let the UI run effectively. That's almost a given.