September 2000

September 2000

Defense stretched to limit

   CHAMPAIGN  Spread to all corners of the field by a wily adversary, Tim Kish''s Illini defense was dented for 469 yards and 26 first downs at Memorial Stadium Saturday.

Game 1 Statistics

Statistics for Game 1: Illinois vs. Middle Tenessee

Injury ends career day for Harris

   CHAMPAIGN  A segment of the postgame discussion Saturday centered on Illinois running back Antoineo Harris'' condition, and whether the emerging sophomore will be available this week.

   Late in Saturday''s victory against Middle Tennessee, Harris separated his left shoulder. The medical staff popped it back into place. Sounds serious, and it was serious enough that Harris was headed for X-rays after the game.

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.

Rossow: Atmosphere at Illinois will improve

The forecast calls for heat usually reserved for pizzas.

The schedule and Las Vegas indicate today's opponent would be better off playing somewhere else in the state, like in Charleston or Normal.

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.