April 2005

Who''s that Illini?

I own the school record for blocked shots in a career, collecting 156 between 1981 and 1985. I could score, too, and now rank seventh on the UI career list with 1,526 points. My best season came as a sophomore, when I averaged 21 points. My uniform number: 53.


Bill to require notification when info illegally accessed

If someone hacked into a company's database and dug up your bank account numbers or Social Security Number, you might not ever know it.

At least, not until the thief opened an account under your name, refused to pay the bills and the collection agents came calling.


English speaks<br>volumes for Illini

CHAMPAIGN – The temperature never reached 45 degrees and crosswinds howled up to 30 mph at Saturday''s Central Collegiate Championships.

Neither seemed to bother Illinois'' Andre English, who won the 110-meter hurdles and 100 dash.


A program that 'changes lives'

CHAMPAIGN – About 15 years ago, Bill Pierce and his wife were on the brink of divorce. The Champaign couple had been married about 15 years and had two children.

Pierce, a Christie Clinic podiatrist, said he was hurting those closest to him with his harsh words.


Tate: Second chance good for Garrett

CHAMPAIGN – Cyrus Garrett was stuck so deep in Ron Turner''s doghouse he couldn''t see the light of day.

Displeased with Garrett''s attitude and work ethic, the former Illini coach wouldn''t let the then-sophomore report with the football team in Rantoul last fall. And that didn''t change later when Garrett failed to meet Turner''s conditioning standard. Garrett sat out the entire season.


The compeititions

Saturday''s spring game went a long way to deciding who will be in the Illinois starting lineup for the 2005 opener. Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen offers his take on 10 key position battles:


At least one UI team beat everyone in the nation

If only North Carolina had entered a team.

But even if the Tar Heels were absent this month at the 29th annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest in Shanghai, China, John Carrino, Steve Downing and Jeff Tamer did the University of Illinois proud.


Gimme 5

Brian Dietz, who covers the NFL for The News-Gazette, delivers his best and worst of former Illini in the NFL:


Dawson: You have questions, I have answers

We won''t forget it anytime soon, this most miraculous of college basketball seasons.

It gave us great games, including – but hardly limited to – a national championship game that gave us a true rarity, a Monday night meeting between the nation''s top two teams. One that lived up to the hype, no less.


Illini have outright title in view

MINNEAPOLIS – Winning a share of a ninth consecutive Big Ten men''s tennis title certainly is cause for celebration, but Illinois coach Craig Tiley kept it simple Saturday night.

"They''re watching a movie in the van," Tiley said after his team beat Minnesota 4-3 to earn a share of the league title. The Illini can win outright at Iowa today.