A look back at the loss to Wisconsin and a look ahead to Ohio State:
CHICAGO – You'd think Bruce Weber would be happy.
After all, in the wake of last season's 37-2 national runner-up finish, the Illinois men's basketball coach has worried about expectations for his young 2005-06 edition getting out of control.
Michigan State players are consistently the best-dressed at the league's media day – Illini Dee Brown once quipped that Spartans at the media meetings "Look like they're going to the prom" – and Sunday was no exception.
If I didn't have the longest last name in the history of Illini sports, I was close. A defensive tackle, I was long on exerting pressure along the defensive line, too. From 1974 to '76, I led the Illinois football team in tackles for loss with 12, 10 and 10, respectively.
CHICAGO – Jim Delany doesn't think the Illinois athletic department should be on probation today.
And the Big Ten commissioner said Sunday he's not alone.
How the media projects the top three men's basketball teams in the Big Ten this season:
CHICAGO – Orange is the new gold standard.
That was the message at Sunday's Big Ten media day, a collection of orange-and-blue wannabes the likes of which the event has never seen.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – In a furious duel to the finish line, Cassie Hunt became the first Illinois woman ever to win a Big Ten cross-country title on Sunday.
The Illini junior outkicked Michigan's Alyson Kohlmeier for the breakthrough victory in the 6-kilometer race. Hunt finished in 21 minutes, 0.54 seconds to fend off the Wolverine sophomore, who crossed in 21:02.74
CHAMPAIGN – A Skokie developer and University of Illinois alumnus will move and renovate a historic farmhouse on campus.
Terraco Inc., which won a state award last year for preserving a historic train station in Skokie, plans to move the former poultry manager's house to a lot in Urbana and possibly rent it to UI students.
CHAMPAIGN – Turns out the Illinois women's basketball team doesn't have six new players this season.
You might make it seven. At her current rate of progress, junior Audrey Tabon might fall into that category, too.