September 2000

September 2000

Dietz: Opponent: These Illini are better

Middle Tennessee coach Andy McCollum thinks Ron Turner has the blueprint for turning around a struggling college football program. If Turner's the architect, McCollum wants a copy of his plans. Or at least some rough schematics.

McCollum's program is making the tough switch to Division I-A football, and he can use tips from someone who went from 0-11 to a record-setting bowl performance in three years.

UI vows to learn from road defeat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  Illinois volleyball coach Don Hardin hopes Saturday's pain results in this week's gain.

The Illini, showing jitters on Florida State's home court, lost to the Seminoles in Saturday's tournament championship game. The Illini struggled with their serving in a 15-11, 15-6, 15-6 defeat.

A boot camp survivor

CINCINNATI  It was hard enough watching her son miss a couple of kicks. But hearing her boy get booed for the first time was worse.

Mary Kay Rackers was in the stands at sparkling new Paul Brown Stadium for son Neil's first official game as the Cincinnati Bengals' starting place-kicker.

Illini pick it up after slow start

   CHAMPAIGN  A good team doesn''t panic when it''s up 7-6 against a heavy underdog.

   A good team doesn''t freak when its running backs can''t find holes and its defense can''t make tackles.

Tate: Illinois takes a tough stance

   By halftime Saturday, West Coast pass aficionado Ron Turner had seen enough "touch football."

   So he lined up the Illini in an hard-nosed I formation, inserted two tight ends and ordered the ball be handed to his 220-pound battering ram, Antoineo Harris.

Catching cousins thrive

CHAMPAIGN  Sometimes, two are better than one.

After Illinois lost top returning receiver Brandon Lloyd for the season with a broken leg, junior quarterback Kurt Kittner had to find another big-play target.

Coach: Morton ''a quarterback''

   CHAMPAIGN  Ron Turner is not one to hide his feelings easily. So it wasn''t a challenge to decipher the Illini football coach''s desire to quash the Christian Morton question.

   Off the field and after Saturday''s Illini 35-6 rout of Middle Tennessee, Turner insisted the flashy freshman out of Missouri''s Riverview Gardens High is nothing more and nothing less than a quarterback.

Rossow: Kruger''s road show underway

Two things Lon Kruger misses most about Illinois: Memorial Stadium on a fall Saturday and Kirby Avenue on a Monday morning. Or Tuesday or Wednesday or ....

"The traffic here, if you catch it at the wrong time of the day, is awful," Kruger said from his downtown Atlanta office, where he's preparing for his first season as coach of the Atlanta Hawks. "It can take me up to 45 minutes to from my house to work.

Asmussen: New street, structure greet fans

It isn't the biggest street in Champaign-Urbana. But for the Illinois football program, none is more important.

The sign just went up for Irwin Avenue, which runs between the IMPE building and the north end of Memorial Stadium. The street is the newest memorial to the late Richard and Anne Marie Irwin, longtime Illinois supporters.

Q and A

Q and A with TB Rocky Harvey