January 2010

January 2010

Smith, Simpson respond in road victory

MINNEAPOLIS – Benched for much of Thursday's loss to Michigan, seniors Jenna Smith and Lacey Simpson rebounded Sunday at Minnesota.

Smith had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Simpson added 15 points and eight assists – not to mention stellar defense against Gophers leading scorer Kiara Buford – as the Illini used a 17-0 spurt to start the second half to pull away for a 61-48 victory against the Gophers.

Zook picks up three more commitments

Add another state – Alabama – to the list of places Illinois is going to find football players.

Jay Prosch, a fullback from Mobile (Ala.) UMS Wright Preparatory is the latest to commit to Ron Zook's program.

Trulon Henry: Road to redemption


Long before he was a successful defensive back at College of DuPage and a Big Ten recruit, Henry and his uncle, Raefield Wright, robbed that same Safeway. Henry was nabbed on the way out the door and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison.

"It definitely, definitely, definitely didn't work," Henry said. "And to be honest with you, I wasn't sure that it was going to work. I was just desperate and needed to do something."

Tate: Demetri is the man

CHAMPAIGN – You and I and Bruce Weber should be willing by now to accept Demetri McCamey's mistakes and go forward without complaint.

Let's agree that the Westchester St. Joseph product isn't perfect, and realize at the same time that Illinois could probably be fighting to escape the Big Ten cellar without the junior's heady playmaking.

Remember Lon Kruger's Big Ten champs


Illinois' 1998 Big Ten champions

UI women's preview: Minnesota

Game 21

UI women

Heroes: Bismarck-Henning

BISMARCK – During her playing days at Bismarck-Henning, Kandy Lindsey established numbers that still haven't been broken at the school more than a decade after her graduation, numbers which still rank prominently among the all-time state leaders.

These days, there's a different set of numbers in her life. Since January 2004, she has been a sixth-grade mathematics teacher at Danville's North Ridge Middle School.

Incentive plan for prep coaches

Is this an idea whose time has arrived?

Obama's OK, but U.S. needs a boost

Calm and confident, President Barack Obama shows no sign of backing off his ambitious political agenda.

From the very beginning of his career in politics, President Obama has embraced an audacious approach to his political life. He even named one of his two autobiographies "The Audacity of Hope."

All but one active gubernatorial campaign in debt

Seven of the eight active candidates for governor go into Tuesday's election with a substantial campaign debt, somewhat ironic given the fact that most of them are hammering past and current state leaders about overspending.

In some cases, it's just wealthy candidates self-funding their campaigns and calling it a loan. If they win the election, there's always a chance they'll get some of their money back.