July 2000

July 2000

Whiz Kid passes away

   DES MOINES, Iowa  Jack Smiley, who helped the Whiz Kids develop into one of the most famous basketball teams at Illinois, died Sunday.

   He was 78.

Tatelines: Dobrovolny hits stride in own time

“I don’t care if the Blue Course is easier than the Big Orange. A score of 64 is still mighty good.”

This comment drew nodding “you bet” agreement during Saturday’s rain delay at Champaign Country Club. That eight-birdie round, turned in a couple of weeks ago at Savoy, put Chris Dobrovolny in the center of local golf buzz.

Tiller well-grounded in Big Ten

   Each Sunday from now until the Illinois football team begins the 2000 season, The News-Gazette will take you ona tour of the other Big Ten conference schools. We''ll give you an inside look at the issues and people surrounding the programs. This week''s topic: Is Purdue coach Joe Tiller going to finish his career at the school?

U.S. team bounces Argentina.

Illinois freshman Aminata Yanni scored seven points in seven minutes as the United States defeated Argentina 98-51 Friday night at the Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Tatelines: Lloyd's loss won't ruin Illini attack

No, Gary Moeller, the loss of a link doesn't make the chain stronger.

That's football bull-fuzz.

The quiet type

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The merchandise stand next to the Indianapolis Colts practice field is filled with Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James jerseys.

Crowds gather to watch Manning throw passes to Marvin Harrison and James on one end of the training camp practice field, but few see Ken Dilger school rookie linebackers in a pass-blocking drill.

Hope springs eternal

CHICAGO – Illinois and Minnesota pulled it off last year. Purdue did it in 1997. And Wisconsin made it in '96.

The Illini, Gophers, Boilermakers and Badgers made the single-season leap from losers to winners. From homebound at the holidays to bowl invitees.

Illini find friends in foes'' clothing

CHICAGO – In a month, they'll be trying to take each other's heads off. But for two days, the Big Ten's football stars played nice. Heck, they even acted like friends.

Defensive end Fred Wakefield and running back Rocky Harvey represented Illinois at the Big Ten's media event. The two Illini weren't sure what to expect when they first arrived at the Sheraton.

Yanni leads U.S. romp

Illinois freshman Aminata Yanni scored a game-high 23 points in 11 minutes Thursday as the United States defeated Puerto Rico 115-26 at the Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Tatelines: Big Ten elite run through eight spots

Mark Snyder believes in his Gophers.

So you can imagine the assistant coach's distress when he saw them tabbed to finish eighth in the upcoming Big Ten football race.